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Beyond the Bale : September 2010
september 2010 BEYonD tHE BalE megan Kirby is a young woman from the land with a real passion for the wool industry. raised on a family-owned 16,000-hectare property near bollon in south west Queensland that predominantly ran merino sheep, megan has had a keen interest to work in the industry for most of her life. “I attended boarding school for my secondary education, but during holiday periods I was always keen to lend a helping hand at home,” megan says. “this allowed me to gain a good understanding of agricultural production in Australia, and fired my initial interest to pursue tertiary study in the sheep industry. “I am currently completing the last six months of a bachelor of Livestock science, majoring in sheep and wool, at the university of New england. At the end of this year I will have completed my studies equipped with knowledge, enthusiasm and new ideas.” megan has been financially supported throughout her four-year degree with a sheep industry scholarship of $6000 per year. As part of her scholarship obligations, megan had to complete work experience each year within the sheep industry. “I have completed a range of work in the industry with Queensland DpI, Haddon rig sheep stud, the wool and meat offices of Fletchers International exports, Landmark and also Ostini Wool brokers,” megan says. “ Working in all of these areas has allowed me to understand the practical and day-to- day workings of the sheep and wool industry.” the university of New england (uNe) is the only university in Australia offering specialised studies in sheep and wool science. megan has been able to study the 26 WOOL PRODUCTION Scholarships support the next generation four specialised units at uNe throughout her study: wool biology and metrology, wool marketing and clip preparation, wool processing and sheep production. All of the sheep and wool units are offered externally, so megan had the opportunity to meet students from ten different universities across Australia also studying sheep and wool science. “ I had the opportunity to travel to new places and meet key industry people during all the units,” megan says. “ For the wool processing unit, we got to visit early and late-stage processing plants from scouring to garment-making.” the travel expenses were paid for by the Australian Wool education trust, which also financially supports the scholarships and the running of the four wool units. the wool biology and metrology unit are held at the Australian Wool testing Authority in melbourne. www.liceprotectionplus.com.au ® Registered trademark Only can offer a cOmplete range of sheep lice control products and the expert advice to ensure solutions to all sheep lice control problems. that’s our prOmise and our guarantee. For your FREE in-store or on-farm lice control consultation Call 1800 885 576 For further information Visit www.liceprotectionplus.com.au More Products, More solutions, More exPerience. Now nearing the end of her university studies, megan is thinking of the future – for both her and the wool industry. “ I am most interested in consultancy as I thoroughly enjoy the interaction with farmers and believe that due to my studies, practical experience and my love of the rural lifestyle, I can assist the industry in this role. “ I hope I can make a major contribution to this wonderful Australian industry.” More information: Are you are a keen student ready to begin or currently studying agricultural/ rural/animal science or agribusiness across Australia, with an interest in the sheep and wool industry? If so, contact Emma Doyle at UNE on email@example.com for scholarship and wool unit information, or visit www.une.edu.au/wooleducation FAST FACTS l Members of the wool industry’s next generation are being offered scholarships to help them in their studies. l The University of New England offers a comprehensive range of sheep and wool units. l The Australian Wool Education Trust directly funds the delivery of the units and provides financial support to students from any university to attend. “I hope I can make a major contribution to this wonderful Australian industry.” – m egan kirby