The future of the wool industry is in good hands judging by the latest group of Breeding Leadership participants.
The week-long course has now helped progress the careers of almost 150 young people within the wool industry, many of which hold leading wool roles today.
Now in its sixth year, Breeding Leadership arms young woolgrowers, studmasters, woolclassers, wool agents, students and business people with the skills and tools to become better leaders.
The program develops skills and knowledge in personality typing, business strategy, working in teams and innovative thinking. The course was held at Clare in South Australia, and the group also toured two wool focussed businesses: Michell Wool and Anlaby Station, gaining valuable insights into their vision and business strategies.
Samantha Neumann from Elders, Adelaide, said the week provided her with “a toolkit to go away from this week and help drive the industry forward. It was an opportunity to develop a network with enthusiastic people with a passion for the wool industry”.
Andrew Rolfe from Cooma, NSW, said the course has provided him “with the strength to go back to the farm and build the business. The leadership skills learnt will be very handy for me, the timing is perfect for my career and stage of business”.
Funded by Australian Wool Innovation and delivered by Rural Directions Pty Ltd, Breeding Leadership forms a key part of a growing commitment to education in the wool industry.
Alongside initiatives such as the National Merino Challenge, Hay Inc., Nuffield Scholarship, Australian Rural Leadership Program, Horizon Scholarship, Youth in Agriculture, Learn About Wool Kits and the Young Studmaster Muster, AWI is helping to foster and educate the new generations of wool specialists.
26 wool industry representatives participated in Breeding Leadership 2016.
Scott Button, Tammin
|New South Wales:
Jordan Hoban, Cowra
Caris Jones, Armidale
Floyd Legge, Cudal
Annabel Lugsdin, Hay
Adele Offley, Young
Andrew Rayner, Mudgee
Daniel Rayner, Oberon
Andrew Rolfe, Cooma
Lachlan Sutton, Broken Hill
Alistair Turner, Hay
Dayne West, Dubbo
Alex Willson, Crookwell
Troy Yarnold, Woolbrook
Anthony Yeo, CanowindraQueensland:
Alex Stirton, Charleville
Christopher Turnbull, Tambo