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Beyond the Bale : June 2018
Continuing its support of the Monaro Farming Systems (MFS) Agricultural Traineeship Program, AWI is helping fund participation in wool-related training courses for this year’s trainee Livinia Evans. PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR YOUNGSTERS Livinia Evans gaining practical experience on one of the Monaro Farming Systems Agricultural Traineeship Program host farms – ‘Springvale’ which is owned/operated by Tintagel Pastoral Company at Bombala. Alocal girl from Cooma, Livinia completed Year 12 last year at Monaro High School having chosen an agricultural focus in her subjects over the last four years. As well as completing a Cert II in Agriculture during school, she has worked casually on properties, in shearing sheds and the Cooma sale yards for many years. Livinia is planning a long term career in agriculture and is hoping to use this year as a stepping stone to study Agriculture at Marcus Oldham agricultural college next year. “I’ve always had a passion for agriculture – my father is a livestock agent in Cooma and I have several relatives who are shearers,” Livinia said. “I have a particular interest in genetics and I am keen to make a real difference to the world through improved agricultural productivity. I love living on the Monaro though and it would be nice to settle on a property here.” But her focus at present remains on the Monaro Farming Systems (MFS) traineeship during which she is enjoying gaining invaluable practical skills by working on a variety of farms across the Monaro. The MFS Agricultural Traineeships Program was initiated in 2012 by woolgrower Craig Mitchell of ‘Gaerloch’ at Numeralla, east of Cooma, to address the growing concern of retaining and attracting local young people to choose a career in the agricultural industry as well as the increasing age of the average farmer. The trainee is ‘shared’ across a group of 8-9 host farmers on the Monaro and spends 12 months learning the practical side of farming like drenching, pregnancy scanning, fencing, general property maintenance and working in the shed. “The practical side of the traineeship has been awesome; I’ve been learning so many useful skills,” Livinia said. “Although I’ve been around agriculture for most of my life, the traineeship has broadened my experience and really opened my eyes. “The traineeship also includes a formal qualification and I will receive a Certificate III in Agriculture after completing my year.” AWI has helped support the annual MFS traineeship program for the past five years. MONARO TRAINEESHIP LINKS WITH RIVERINA This is the second year that the MFS trainee has also attended the AWI-supported Hay Inc Rural Education Program – an example of AWI’s training investments in two important wool-growing regions working together. Livinia has joined 14 other agricultural focused youths on rural properties in the Hay district, learning practical skills such as sheep handling and yard work, fence construction, stock water maintenance, shed management and wool handling, small engine and motorbike maintenance, working dog training and many other areas. AWI funding of the MFS traineeship has helped enable Livinia to attend the shearing and woolhandling portion of the Hay Inc program. This was held in March at Paraway Pastoral’s ‘Steam Plains’ station under the guidance of AWI trainers Brian Sullivan and Mike Pora. “I’ve really loved the practical nature of the Hay Inc program,” Livinia said. “Learning with the other likeminded young people on the course was very useful and a lot of fun. “Although I’d already got previous shed experience, at Steam Plains I got to learn new skills such as how to crutch look after the handpiece. The facilities were excellent and the AWI instructors were really experienced and helpful.” The Hay Inc program concludes on 16 June 2018 at the Hay Merino Sheep Show. More information www.monarofarmingsystems.com.au wwww.hayinc.com.au Livinia (ninth from left) and the participants on the AWI-supported Hay Inc Rural Education Program. 38 ON FARM
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