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Breeding future leaders

Posted by Bestprac on Jul 04 2012

The next generation of leaders within the wool industry has completed the 2012 Breeding Leadership Course, AWI’s professional development course for young woolgrowers.

Sydney Lawrie, William MacAlpine, Allan Hobley and Ben Webb at the Breeding Leadership Course.
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.


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

Last changed: Jul 05 2012



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