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Beyond the Bale : March 2018
The future of the wool industry is in good hands judging by the latest group of Breeding Leadership participants. 23 wool industry representatives, from every wool-growing state, participated in AWI’s Breeding Leadership 2018. Held every two years, Breeding Leadership arms the young participants – selected from throughout the wool industry, from on-farm to education and wool marketing – with the skills and tools to become better leaders. The program develops skills and knowledge in personal leadership as well as strategic planning and team leadership. It also provides an excellent opportunity for participants to network with 22 other like-minded people from across Australia, as well as the skilled program deliverers and others from the wool industry. Now in its seventh year, the five-day course has helped progress the careers of more than 150 young people within the wool industry, many of which hold leading wool roles today, such as 2018 WoolPoll Chairman, Syd Lawrie. The course this year was held at Clare in South Australia. The group also toured two wool-focused businesses: Michell Wool in Adelaide and Anlaby Station near Kapunda, gaining valuable insights into their vision and business strategies. AWI CEO, Stuart McCullough delivered a session at the event, sharing AWI’s strategic direction and information on current and planned projects. “It was great to meet these young people and speak with a room filled with optimism and AWI held a five-day professional development course in February for 23 enthusiastic young people working in the wool industry – the industry’s next generation of leaders. hope; I gained some great insights into their vision for the future of wool,” he said. Course participant Ross Fletcher (pictured far left above) from Walcha in NSW said Breeding Leadership had been “great mental stimulation” for him. “It was enlightening to hear the different experiences and perspectives of the broader industry, from both the other course participants and those that we met that work in the wool industry,” he said. “It has also been invaluable for me to gain a greater understanding of my personality and how that influences how I am perceived by others. I’d recommend the course to others.” Funded by AWI and delivered by Rural Directions Pty Ltd, Breeding Leadership forms a key part of AWI’s growing commitment to education in the wool industry. Other initiatives include the National Merino Challenge and support for the Hay Rural Education Program, Nuffield Scholarship, Australian Rural Leadership Program, Horizon Scholarship, Monaro Farming Systems traineeship program, Young Stud Masters Muster at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show, University of New England Farming Futures and Farm Business Boot Camp to name a few. MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/breedingleadership. Hear more from the attendees in Episode 30 of AWI's The Yarn podcast at www.wool.com/podcast The 23 participants at the 2018 Breeding Leadership course at Clare in South Australia. NEW SOUTH WALES Alexandra Cesnik Gumly Gumly Jayde Cluff Deniliquin Roy Elliott Eumungerie Jock Fisher Gulargambone Ross Fletcher Walcha Ally Jaffrey Crookwell Henry Ridge Sydney Mark Scott Sydney QUEENSLAND Benn Wilson Dirranbandi SOUTH AUSTRALIA Angus Ashby Gulnare Chelsea Dahlenburg Naracoorte Angus Halliday Bordertown Royce Pitchford Clare William Sandow Watervale TASMANIA John Chester Campbell Town VICTORIA Sam Crawford Dunkeld Oliver Vidor Derrinallum WESTERN AUSTRALIA Stephen Chappell Lake Grace Daniel Dempster Goomalling Kyle Gumprich Narrogin Justin Haydock Narrogin Alex House Claremont Carl Storer Cunderdin 2018 BREEDING LEADERSHIP PARTICIPANTS 48 ON FARM
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