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Beyond the Bale : Oct - Nov 08
Leadership BEYOND THE BALE 5 TOMORROW’S LEADERS HOPE TO FIGHT TOGETHER Stepping away from the farm and mixing with other young woolgrowers is all it takes to reinforce Penny Phillips’ passion for the Merino wool industry. There is always plenty of work to be done at ‘Broadacres’, the 453-hectare property Penny, 30, runs with her parents Graeme and Bronwyn and younger brother Andrew, at Tatyoon in Victoria. As well as operating a superfine Saxon stud and commercial self-replacing flock – Saxon Merinos are bred from sheep that were taken from Spain to Germany’s Saxony in 1765, and in Australia they are bred only in high-rainfall zones to produce wool for top-end wool garments – the family has Poll Hereford cattle, grows crops and undertakes environmental projects, for example this year planting 4000 trees for a wildlife corridor. Taking time away from the farm earlier this year to participate in an AWI-funded Young Breeders Leadership Program, run for young stud industry professionals, gave Penny further motivation to become more involved in the industry she loves. “While everything we learnt in the course was great, the best part was being with other like- minded people who, despite the tough times, showed great enthusiasm for the wool industry … which has since motivated me to do more,” says Penny, who graduated with an agricultural science degree from the University of Melbourne before returning to the farm in 2001. A steward at the Bendigo and Ballarat sheep shows and secretary of the Ararat–Barunah branch of the Australian Superfine Wool Growers’ Association, Penny says the course’s focus on understanding your own personality and how you work with other personality types was invaluable for industry leadership roles. “The main message for me was that we all might have differing opinions, but our common goal remains the same – that is, to lift the Australian wool industry. By learning how to interact with different personality types, hopefully I can help others to contribute and together we can move the industry forward,” she says. “There is no point wasting energy fighting each other when we can all be fighting to create a sustainable industry.” When invited to join in the program Penny agreed, thinking that if the only benefit was to make new friends in the industry then it was worthwhile. Now, she says the business training and goal-setting she learnt will be forever useful in her farming career: “It is amazing how often I think back to something we learnt in the course and realise how it can help in our business.” The course also motivated Penny, who like her two older sisters is a qualified wool classer, to take on more off-farm projects, which led her to recently complete a locally run superfine wool-handling course. Penny applauds AWI’s commitment to funding such programs and suggests the benefits of investments in the next generation will be repaid many times over. “I think people can lose sight of just what a wonderful fibre wool is. I’ve always wanted to work in the wool industry and if we can encourage others to do the same, then we can be confident of a strong future.” – KELLIE PENFOLD More information: Penny Phillips, 03 5354 0519 Because instead of taking yourwool to the market, we bring the market to you. AtLandmark, we’ve developeda unique understanding of the bestwaytoprepare and marketyour clip tobuyersaround the world.Our team’scombination of quality market intelligence and expert technical advice will ensure you always maximise your profitability. Whether by selling forward into the market, or strivingfor environmentally sustainable delivery, we’re always looking for new and innovative ways tobenefit your business. That’swhy more Australian farmers looktous. landmark.com.au BTB/LM044
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