Sheepmeat industry seeking applications for leadership development program

The Sheepmeat Council of Australia is calling for producers to apply for its new professional development program designed to build leadership skills and develop networks.

The inaugural Sheepmeat Industry Leadership Program is part of the SCA and Meat & Livestock Australia joint initiative, ‘Building Leadership Capability for the Sheep Industry’ and will be run by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF).

ARLF CEO Matt Linnegar says leadership at every level across rural and regional Australia is vital to the success of our communities and industries.

“With a growing demand for high quality red meat and increasing expectations around animal welfare, the need for producers to look beyond the farm gate to the greater good of the sheepmeat sector is more important now than ever,” he said.

“The program will take participants outside their comfort zone, help build diverse relationships and networks, connect them with industry leaders and build personal awareness and capacity to take the next step.

“It will take people to places they are unlikely to have been before and see them emerge more aware and better equipped to take on a future role in the industry, wherever that may be.”

The program includes two intakes – in 2017 and 2018 – and SCA will select 15 participants per year. Each position is valued at more than $10,000 each and covers all the training, course materials and travel to the two face-to-face sessions. Participants will be required to contribute $500 to the cost of their participation in the program.

The closing date for the program has been extended until 5pm on 21 November 2016.

SCA Skills Development and Communication Manager Kathleen Allan says the council is investing in the program to ensure the sheep industry attracts, develops and retains people with leadership skills to contribute to the long-term viability of the industry.

“Through involvement with the SCA, participants will develop a greater understanding of leadership roles and responsibilities in the industry and the value of collaborations, advocacy and effective negotiation,” she said.

An application form and information sheet with entry requirements are available online at www.sheepmeatcouncil.com.au/SILprogram

Media contact: Kathleen Allan, 0437 846 605, kallan@sheepmeatcouncil.com.au

SCA launches new sheepmeat industry leadership program

The Sheepmeat Council of Australia is today launching a new professional development opportunity for sheepmeat producers and others in the industry to build leadership skills and develop networks.

The inaugural Sheepmeat Industry Leadership Program is part of the SCA and Meat & Livestock Australia joint initiative, ‘Building Leadership Capability for the Sheep Industry’.

The initiative’s objective is to ensure that the Australian sheep industry attracts, develops and retains people with leadership skills to contribute to the long-term viability of the industry.

The new SCA leadership program will be run by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, a not-for-profit company that works to develop leaders with a focus on influencing change across organisations, industries and communities in rural, regional and remote Australia.

The program includes two intakes – in 2017 and 2018 – and SCA will select 15 participants per year. Each position is valued at more than $10,000 each and covers all the training, course materials and travel to the two face-to-face sessions. Participants will be required to contribute $500 to the cost of their participation in the program.

Sheepmeat Council of Australia President Jeff Murray says the SCA wants to champion leaders in the industry and upskill them to take on greater roles in the future.

“Through involvement with the SCA, participants will develop a greater understanding of leadership roles and responsibilities in the industry and the value of collaborations, advocacy and effective negotiation,” he said.

“Participants will build relationships and networks through communication, influence and new technology application and be connected to the existing industry leaders and experiences of ‘stepping up’ for the industry.

“The sessions will be designed to challenge participants, both personally and professionally, in a safe learning environment, and to improve their leadership practice and understanding of governance.”

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 31 October 2016. An application form and information sheet with entry requirements are available on the SCA website.

Media contact: Kathleen Allan, 0437 846 605, kallan@sheepmeatcouncil.com.au

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The Sheepmeat Council of Australia is offering sheepmeat producers and people working in the industry an exclusive opportunity to be part of the inaugural Sheepmeat Industry Leadership Program. The program will be delivered by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) and will feature two intakes – in 2017 and 2018. The SCA will select 15 participants per year for the program. Each position is valued at more than $10,000 each and covers all the training, course materials and travel to the two face-to-face sessions. Participants will be required to contribute $500 to the cost of their participation in the program.

Applicants must be:

-          A sheep producer or person working in the sheepmeat industry.

-          Able to demonstrate at least five years’ experience in the sheep industry and ready to take the next step in terms of industry leadership and involvement.

-          Able to commit to attend the full three sessions of the course.

-          Willing to work with the SCA on future leadership initiatives.

To apply, interested producers must read the Sheepmeat industry leadership program information flyer, complete the eligibility checklist and application form.

Applicants must submit the Sheepmeat industry leadership application form to be considered for this program.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 21 November 2016 and can be sent to sca@sheepmeatcouncil.com.au

More Information
Kathleen Allan
Skills Development and Communication Manager
Sheepmeat Council of Australia
M 0437 846 605
kallan@sheepmeatcouncil.com.au

 

 

 

 

SCA award recognises young sheepmeat industry ambassadors at LambEx

James Corcoran, Galong, NSW, and Ben Munzberg, Birchip, Victoria, have been named as 2016 Sheepmeat Industry Ambassadors – a joint Sheepmeat Council of Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia award recognising young leaders.

The award involves a study tour from 7-19 August 2016 as part of the Tri-Lamb Agreement between Australia, the United States and New Zealand. The study tour of Australia and New Zealand includes ambassadors from the US and NZ and departed Canberra on Monday. There is also a range of other opportunities and professional development as part of the program

James and Ben will participate in the TriLamb Group Young Leaders Program in 2016 and 2017 and will be mentored by 2014 SCA Ambassador Jamie Heinrich and SCA President Jeff Murray.

Mr Murray said both winners were worthy recipients because of the leadership qualities they displayed and their commitment to improving the sheepmeat industry.

“The Sheepmeat Industry Ambassador Award recognises outstanding young sheep producers and their potential as industry leaders and both Ben and James were incredibly passionate about the sheepmeat industry and displayed maturity beyond their years in articulating a vision for its future,” he said.

James, 27, from Gooramma Poll Dorsets at Galong, NSW, says the award is a great opportunity to gain knowledge and further build on the networks with producers in the United States and New Zealand.

“I am really passionate about the prime lamb industry and being around other like-minded people as part of the Tri-Lamb study tour is great,” he said.

“The Sheepmeat Council has pulled together a really good group of people and there are many opportunities for youth to get involved with leadership. It’s not often you get two weeks of the best learning opportunities where you can see different aspects of the supply chain.”

Ben, 22, Birchip, says the award is a fantastic opportunity to be able to visit different farms and operations and talk to people from the US and NZ.

“It’s a great insight into their industries and how they operate. We’ve all got the same target of increasing lamb consumption and increasing productivity,” he said.

“The Sheepmeat Council is an important organisation for producers. SCA members are great promoters of the industry and we need them to be working with us and sharing information.”

Following completion of a Bachelor of Veterinary Bioscience, James took up a role as market operations officer with AuctionsPlus, liaising with buyers, agents and producers. He then worked as a project officer with the National Meat Industry Training and Advisory Council where he provided research, training development and advisory services to the red meat, pork and game industries.

In 2015 James decided to return to the family property where is now involved in the day to day operations of Gooramma Poll Dorsets and manager of the commercial sheep operation. He is developing branding and marketing initiatives to further promote the stud.

Ben studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at University of Adelaide. After completing his study, Ben was employed as technical officer – lamb production with the Victorian Department of Agriculture, providing technical support to research projects focusing on improving the productivity and profitability of lamb producers in the high rainfall zone.

Ben then decided his main interest was in farm management and is now employed by a large family farming business in northern Victoria, running a 10,500-head Merino and first-cross ewe enterprise alongside a considerable cropping enterprise consisting of cereals, canola and pulses.

As part of their submission, applicants were required to submit a YouTube clip outlining their vision for the sheepmeat industry. James’ video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/-4yRM-l0BvA  Ben’s video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/4aelS74xhkw

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Media Contact: Kathleen Allan 0437 846 605 kallan@sheepmeatcouncil.com.au

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Future Flock Forum to kick off LambEx

Future-Flock-Forum-web-bannerThe Sheepmeat Council of Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia and the Future Farmers Network invite young sheepmeat industry enthusiasts to get together before LambEx at the Future Flock Forum.

The forum will provide an up-to-date industry snapshot before the Lambex conference begins and to get some tips on how to get the most out of the event.  Full program available LambEx Future Flock Forum program.

When: 2.30pm – 5.15pm Wednesday 10 August 2016 (before the LambEx welcome reception)

Where: The Albury Club, 519 Kiewa Street, Albury  NSW

Numbers are limited. RSVP essential, register here.

For more information contact: Kathleen Allan, SCA Skills Development and Communication Manager kallan@sheepmeatcouncil.com.au or 0437 846 605

Sheepmeat industry outlines federal election priorities

Australia’s sheepmeat peak industry body, the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA), is today calling on all political parties and independents to reaffirm their commitment to Australian sheepmeat producers this Federal Election campaign.

“Today the Sheepmeat Council of Australia released the industry’s 2016 Federal Election Priorities. These priorities, which are closely aligned with the National Farmers Federation Election Priorities, urges  to commit to action on three key priority focus areas to ensure the industry’s continued sustainable growth,” said SCA President, and WA Sheep Producer, Mr Jeff Murray.

“It is imperative for the nation’s political parties and independents to continue to build market access, support innovation and reduce on-farm costs for Australia’s sheepmeat producers” He said.

According to Mr Murray, “The sheepmeat industry’s Federal Election Priorities have been developed following consultation with the Sheepmeat Council’s state member organisations. The consultation process highlighted the significance these three key priority areas represented to the whole industry.”

“The SCA welcomes the Coalition’s recent agricultural policy election commitments including progress on Q-Fever R&D, Invasive Animals Solutions, the Livestock Global Assurance Program and  industry leadership capacity as a step in the right direction, but emphasises the pressing need for further bi-partisan action.”

“With the proper policy framework in place, Australia’s sheepmeat industry stands to create vast numbers of jobs for Australians during the economic transition away from mining. The sheepmeat industry has always been a cornerstone of the national economy and looking forward there are huge opportunities for job creation from capitalising on growing global demand for protein,” Mr Murray said.

“Facing such great opportunities, it has never been more important for all sides of politics to recommit to the industry and provide the appropriate policy responses to our election priorities.”

Over 39,000 Australian businesses derive income from sheepmeat production generating approximately $5 billion of off-farm meat value to the Australian economy.

The Australian sheepmeat industry competes within a highly competitive global marketplace with over 50% of lamb production and over 90% of mutton production exported each year.

Full details can be downloaded SCA 2016 Federal Election Priorities

The 2016 stockTake Photo Competition

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The Sheepmeat Council of Australia is launching the 2016 stockTake Photo Competition to muster exciting images that showcase the people, scenes and examples of sustainability, innovation and best practice management within the Australian sheepmeat industry.

There are three awards on offer:

-        Junior category … for budding photographers aged 5-17. The winner of this section will receive $250 in cash and the runner-up $100.

-        Open category … for photographers 18 and over. The open category winner will receive $500 and the runner-up $250.

-        People’s Choice Award … delegates at LambEx 2016 in Albury NSW from 10 – 12 August will have the chance to vote and select the ‘People’s Pic’. All voters go into the draw to win an iPad. The winning People’s Choice photographer will receive $250.

-        All finalists will receive a framed copy of their photo.

The five best entries, as judged by the SCA and industry reps, in the Junior and Open categories, will be on display at LambEx2016.

 Entries close on Monday 25 July 2016 at 5pm. No late entries will be accepted.

The winners will be announced on Friday 12 August at LambEx. Announcements will also be made via email and Facebook.

For more information, download the competition flyer

To enter, complete the below, then upload your image and tick the ‘terms and conditions’ box.




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Sheepmeat Industry Ambassador Award

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In 2016, the SCA is seeking two young sheep producers to be Sheepmeat Industry Ambassadors. The award acknowledges the contributions of two outstanding young sheep producers as well as their future potential as industry leaders.This amazing opportunity involves a study tour in August 2016 as part of the Tri-Lamb Agreement between Australia, the United States and New Zealand. The study tour of Australia and New Zealand will include ambassadors from the US and NZ. There is also a range of other opportunities and professional development as part of the program.

Download the program flyer for more information.

Applicants for the ambassador award must:
• Be aged 22-40 (at 1 July 2016).
• Be passionate and /or involved in representing and promoting the interests of sheepmeat producers.
• Currently work in the sheep industry (either on-farm or in another capacity).
• Have an Australian passport, or be able to obtain one for the trip.
• Be able to travel in Australia and to New Zealand in August 8-20, 2016 and have capacity for further travel as opportunities arise.
• Be willing to work with the SCA on future youth initiatives for the sheep industry.
• Be willing to provide a written report on the award and a presentation to the SCA board.

Interested young sheep producers must submit the application form and a two-minute video clip to be considered for the award. In the video, applicants must demonstrate their role in the industry and their vision for its future.

The timeline for nominations includes:
• Nominations open: 1 June 2016
• Applications close: 5pm on 24 June 2016
• Interviews to be conducted via telephone or skype (if necessary): 27-29 June 2016
• Successful applicant notified: 30 June 2016
• Attend Australia and New Zealand field trip: 8-20 August 2016

Applications close at 5pm on 24 June 2016 and must be sent to sca@sheepmeatcouncil.com.au

More Information
Kathleen Allan
Skills Development and Communication Manager
Sheepmeat Council of Australia
M 0437 846 605
E kallan@sheepmeatcouncil.com.au

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Sheepmeat Industry Governance Scholarship

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The SCA is offering five scholarships for sheep producers to complete the AICD Company Directors Course. Each scholarship is valued at up to $10,000 and covers all course fees, including one year of AICD membership (paid direct to the AICD), travel to the course and accommodation and meals during the course.

Applicants must be:
• A sheep producer or person working in the sheepmeat industry.
• Able to demonstrate at least 10 years’ experience in the sheep industry and ready to take the next step in terms of industry leadership and involvement.
• Able to commit to attend the full five days of the course.
• Able to commit to the pre and post-course requirements, including pre-course reading, online training and assessment, to maximise their learning.

The course is to be completed by the end of 2016 and the SCA will consult with the successful applicants to determine a suitable date and location.

Download the program flyer for more information.

Interested sheep producers must submit the application form to be considered for this program.

Applications close at 5pm on 24 June 2016 and must be sent to sca@sheepmeatcouncil.com.au

More Information
Kathleen Allan
Skills Development and Communication Manager
Sheepmeat Council of Australia
M 0437 846 605
kallan@sheepmeatcouncil.com.au

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