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Beyond the Bale : May 2010
May 2010 BEYOND THE BALE 20 WOOL PRODUCTION Finding out what sheep-related events are on and how to get involved is about to get a whole lot easier for NSW wool and sheep producers, thanks to a new industry-wide information network, Sheep Connect NSW. The Sheep Connect NSW network, developed by AWI and Industry & Investment NSW, aims to ensure that sheep producers are fully informed about events that suit their needs, and that they have a say in the type of learning opportunities that are offered in their area. Sheep Connect NSW consists of an online knowledge network, which presents a comprehensive listing of sheep-related activities. The listing can be filtered according to individual preferences, and a list of events that match a member's preferences Stay connected with your industry FAST FACTS l Sheep Connect NSW is a new industry-wide information network which aims to ensure that NSW wool and sheep producers are fully informed about sheep industry events in NSW. l Developed by AWI and Industry & Investment NSW, the network enables producers to tailor the information they receive to that which is relevant to their farm business. FAST FACTS l Woolgrowers are invited to provide their input into developing a National Wool Research, Development and Extension Strategy. l The Strategy will identify the priorities and resource allocation for wool research organisations for the next 20 years. Riverina jackaroos Callum McLean and James Wilson, who attended a Sheep Connect NSW information day at Conargo in March. At the request of the Commonwealth Government, the wool industry is developing a National Wool Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Strategy. The National Wool RD&E Strategy will define the priority objectives for the wool industry in the long term (for the next 20 years) and the technologies, products, tools and delivery methods required or desired to achieve those objectives. Responsibility for delivery of the National Wool RD&E Strategy has been delegated to the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA). AWI is responsible for facilitating the industry consultation on the strategy and is partnering with state primary industry agencies, CSIRO and the university sector to develop the Strategy document. National wool R&D and extension strategy can be faxed or emailed to them every two weeks. For service providers, Sheep Connect NSW offers the opportunity to list events such as workshops, seminars and field days. The network has been developed following feedback from producers wanting a 'drafting gate' for relevant information and events. Central West NSW sheep producer Ben Watts says that information overload is a very real issue for many farm managers and finding courses that are timely and relevant to their business is often difficult. "When you are operating a farm business, keeping up-to-date with relevant training and information is crucial. Sheep Connect NSW will make it easier to locate this information," Mr Watts says. "It will help farm managers to fine-tune their strategic decision-making by assessing which events best suit their farm business." Ben Lane, a stud manager in the Riverina, says the Sheep Connect NSW website and information days will be useful tools for his operation. "Our jackaroos are enrolled in Certificates II, III and IV in Agricultural Skills and attending industry information days is crucial for completing this training. Having a central database containing all the upcoming events in the area will mean I can plan our work activities around such events," Mr Lane says Industry consultation with woolgrowers and post-farm organisations is currently underway and will continue until August 2010. Woolgrowers are invited to participate in the development of the Strategy at workshops coordinated by AWI and state primary industry agencies -- the first workshop was held in Wagin, WA, in March. More information: AWI Helpline, 1800 070 099, email@example.com; a summary of the Wagin workshop outcomes combined with the AWI Grower Forum of December 2009 is available on the AWI website at www.wool.com/AWI-News.htm More information: To join the Sheep Connect NSW network, or to register online, visit the Sheep Connect NSW website, www.sheepconnectnsw.com. au, or for further information about Sheep Connect NSW contact Jac Staines or Brett Wilson, 02 6391 3954, sheep. firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about woolgrower networks in other states, contact the AWI Helpline, 1800 070 099