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Beyond the Bale : December 2013
5. Calculate ewe nutrition and feed budget 6. Ewe selection 7. Ram selection Techniques from several well-known industry initiatives, such as MERINOSELECT, Lifetime Ewe Management, Bredwell Fedwell and Visual Sheep Scores, are used throughout the NMC, giving students a realistic and practical insight into the tools available to growers to make more informed decisions. The 2013 event saw teams from schools, colleges, universities and TAFEs across Australia meet in Dubbo, NSW for the inaugural NMC. Attendees of the two-day NMC Train-the-Trainer Workshop will participate in a mix of theory and practical activities similar to those completed at the NMC, giving teachers the training they need to prepare their students for the 2014 NMC to be held on 24-25 May 2014, also at the Melbourne Showgrounds. A comprehensive manual, including student activities, is supplied to all attendees as a reference material for trainers to work through with their students in the lead up to the 2014 NMC. A corresponding student manual has been developed to use in conjunction with the Train-the-Trainer manual. Charlie Clarke from Woodleigh School in Langwarrin South, Victoria attended the 2013 NMC Train-the-Trainer Workshop and then brought students to the NMC. “The NMC Train-the-Trainer was a great opportunity to up-skill and to access up-to-date training resources to use with my students,” Mr Clarke said. “Taking students to the NMC event was a wonderful experience for them; not only in testing their skills and knowledge in industry challenges, but for the opportunity to network with other students and industry representatives. “I would recommend the program to any agricultural trainers who want to give their students a head start in the industry.” This workshop is a professional development opportunity not to be missed. Attendees of this workshop will be eligible for a discount to their registration fee for the NMC in May 2014. More information: To register your interest in attending the NMC Train-the-Trainer Workshop or for more information, please visit www.awinmc.com.au or contact the NMC Project Manager Ben Watts at email@example.com or on 0428 668 706. FAST FACTS l Teachers at schools, colleges, universities and TAFEs across Australia are invited to attend AWI’s National Merino Challenge (NMC) Train-the-Trainer Workshop at Melbourne Showgrounds on 24-25 February 2014. l Teachers will be given the training they need to prepare their students for the 2014 NMC to be held on 24-25 May 2014. l The NMC connects the future of the wool industry with industry professionals, highlighting an array of careers which involve working with wool. Students taking part in an activity at the 2013 National Merino Challenge held in August. NATIONAL MERINO CHALLENGE 2014 The National Merino Challenge is heading to the city in 2014, encouraging the next generation of breeders. After a successful pilot year in 2013 involving more than 50 students from schools and universities across the country, expressions of interest are now being taken to attend AWI’s National Merino Challenge (NMC) Train-the-Trainer Workshop at Melbourne Showgrounds on 24-25 February 2014. The NMC is an AWI initiative designed to allow young people to engage with the Merino industry by developing their knowledge, skills and networks, and involves presentations and demonstrations from industry professionals. Students participate in seven ’mini-challenges’ over two days, testing their knowledge of Merino fleece, production, breeding and selection: 1. AWEX typing 2. Wool valuing 3. Visual score assessment 4. Condition scoring 46 46 46 ON-FARM December 2013 BEYOND THE BALE