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Beyond the Bale : June 2012
June 2012 BEYOND THE BALE 34 ON-FARM FAST FACTS l AWI held a four-day professional development course for young woolgrowers in February. l The 23 participants in the Breeding Leadership course are the next generation of leaders within the wool industry. lAt the course, the participants discussed marketing, leading and managing people, corporate governance, succession planning, time management and strategic planning. Breeding future leaders The next generation of leaders within the wool industry has completed the 2012 Breeding Leadership Course, AWI's professional development course for young woolgrowers. The 23 participants assembled in Clare, South Australia at the end of February for the four-day intensive professional development course to discuss marketing, leading and managing people, corporate governance, succession planning, time management and strategic planning. AWI Head of On-farm Research, Development & Extension Dr Jane Littlejohn says she has been impressed with the vision shown by the participants. "The passion for the industry shown by the next generation is very encouraging; the wool industry really has a bright future ahead when you look at some of the young people in it. These men and women are seeking a challenge and can see plenty of opportunities for wool not only at the farm level but also from a consumer perspective," she said. "Already we can see them stepping up in the industry, with some taking leadership positions on AWI extension networks." Allan Hobley from Nyabing, Western Australia, says he found Breeding Leadership to be valuable both professionally and personally. "I haven't just picked up skills. It has been really good to chat with growers from around the country who are doing different things to what I am doing at home," he said. "The way the world is going with the importance on clean and green is a great opportunity for wool in the future." Breeding Leadership was established in 2002 by the South Australian Stud Merino Sheepbreeders Association and became a national program in 2004 through the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders (AASMB). AASMB President, Tom Ashby, says fostering the next generation of leaders is important for the whole industry. "Not only is it good to see an enthusiastic group of people, but it is also good to see the wool industry is fostering and encouraging their potential," he said. Sydney Lawrie, William MacAlpine, Allan Hobley and Ben Webb at the Breeding Leadership Course. ATTENDEES Carmen-Lee Campbell Dubbo, NSW Luke Davis Brewarrina, NSW Bronte Doughton Cooma, NSW William MacAlpine Girilambone, NSW John Murdoch Bibbenluke, NSW Todd Willock Walcha, NSW Mark Fraser Hamilton, Vic Dan Korff Sidonia, Vic Amelia Welsh Freshwater Creek, Vic Allan Hobley Nyabing, WA Mitchell Hogg Williams, WA Richard Pickford Woodanilling, WA Clayton Simcock Manjimup, WA Ben Webb Kojonup, WA Peter Wilkinson Dandaragan, WA Andrew Hall Manoora, SA Sydney Lawrie Tumby Bay, SA Joe Murdoch Warooka, SA Henry Treloar Mannahill, SA James Vandeleur Saddleworth, SA Andrew Hughes Thargomindah, Qld Andrew Miller Quilpie, Qld John Taylor Campbell Town, Tas