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Beyond the Bale : June 2012
June 2012 BEYOND THE BALE 36 ON-FARM Woolgrowers from across the country are invited to attend 'Wool Clip' woolgrower update events being held across regional Australia. 16 events are to be held between June and September, with four in NSW and WA, three in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia and one in Tasmania. AWI is partnering with industry organisations and local groups to host this series of events. The purpose of the events is to give updates direct to woolgrowers on the outcomes of AWI on-farm and off- farm R&D and marketing investments, and provide an opportunity for woolgrowers to hear speakers address relevant, local topics. AWI Wool Clip events are free events for attendees. AWI is providing funding and operational support to groups to host and coordinate the events in their local area. As each AWI Wool Clip event is coordinated by a local organisation, the topics on each program will be tailored to be of interest to your local region. AWI Head of On-farm Research, Development & Extension Dr Jane Littlejohn said Wool Clip intends to complement the existing AWI grower updates and activities. "Because the Wool Clip programs are being driven at a local level, growers are telling us what they want to hear about, so each event is tailored to suit," she said. "The most popular topics so far have been flies, lice and worms and of course everyone wants to know what the wool market is going to do. "The response from organisations to AWI Wool Clip has been great. As a result we are working with a number of organisations we haven't worked with before; we have even had to put on extra events to keep up with demand." One new partner organisation identified as a result of AWI Wool Clip is the Future Farmers Network (FFN). Established in 2002 as Australia's only national network of young people involved in agriculture, FFN will be hosting two AWI Wool Clip events, one in Horsham, Victoria, and one in Naracoorte, South Australia. FFN Chair, Georgie Aley, said the Network is looking forward to the opportunity to host an event. "FFN are pleased to partner with AWI to deliver a vital update to woolgrowers relevant to both their regional issues and wider industry R&D to ensure greater on-farm adoption," Ms Aley said. "We are also looking forward to engaging and encouraging younger farmers to attend the forums to ensure they are skilled and educated in this area, providing them with greater ability to contribute to farm management and practice decisions." More information: Contact the local host to find out about the program and RSVP. FAST FACTS l AWI is working with local groups to host a series of woolgrower update events around the country. l These free events will communicate to attendees the latest wool industry knowledge and developments from AWI. l The topics on each event's program are based on issues of relevance to your local region. AWI 'Wool Clip' events 2012 AWI WOOL CLIP EVENTS SCHEDULE DATE LOCATION HOST ORGANISATION CONTACT PHONE/EMAIL NSW 16 July Condobolin Condobolin District Sheep Breeders' Association Inc. Tom Kirk 02 6895 2562/ firstname.lastname@example.org 17 August Deniliquin Riverina Sheep Expo Andrew Combe 0428 528 182 /email@example.com 29 August Dubbo Dubbo National Ram Sale Committee Steven Lindsay 0429 340 988 / firstname.lastname@example.org 6 September Cobar Bestprac Carlyn Sherriff 08 8842 1103 / email@example.com VIC 13 July Horsham Future Farmers Network Rebecca Williams 0414 844 425 / firstname.lastname@example.org 21 August St Arnaud Victorian Farmers Federation Charlotte Fox 03 9207 5547 / email@example.com 28 August Seymour The Mackinnon Project John Webb-Ware 03 9731 2225 / firstname.lastname@example.org WA 29 June Esperance ASHEEP Jan Clawson 0407 990 497 / email@example.com 24 July Moora Moora Miling Pasture Improvement Group/Planfarm Rachel Walmsley 08 9653 1355 / firstname.lastname@example.org 26 July Wickepin Facey Group Inc Felicity Astbury 0403 184 379 / email@example.com 27 July Kojonup Southern Dirt Sarah Burt 08 9831 1074 / firstname.lastname@example.org SA 17 August Naracoorte Future Farmers Network Rebecca Williams 0414 844 425 / email@example.com 26 September Burra Bestprac Carlyn Sherriff 08 8842 1103/ bestpr ac@r ur aldirections.com QLD 3 July Blackall Leading Sheep Kate Nicholas 07 4650 1225 / firstname.lastname@example.org 4 July Stanthorpe Leading Sheep Alex Stirton 07 4654 4212 / email@example.com TAS 21 June Inveresk SheepConnect Tasmania Catriona Nicholls 0427 571 199 / firstname.lastname@example.org