The purpose of the MerinoLink Annual Conference is to provide an opportunity for sheep producers and service providers to network, learn about research outcomes and management programs and also to have a positive influence on the future direction of the sheep industry in Australia.
A highlight of the conference will be the Hour of Power, sponsored by T.A.Field Estates, which will give an opportunity to nine young professionals to speak about their work and passions within the wool industry. During this session Art4Agriculture will be represented by Young Farming Champions Dione Howard and Emma Turner.
Dione will elaborate on concepts she delivered last year at the Australian Farm Institute’s Roundtable Conference where she encouraged industry to invest in and support young professionals. See her inspirational speech here.
Dione, who will be appealing to both new and experienced members at MerinoLink, says these are her take-home messages:
There are many opportunities that exist for young people to get involved in the wool industry.
Programs such as Art4Agriculture’s Young Farming Champions exist so that our industry can invest in us as young people in wool.
I urge members of our industry to get behind young people with an interest in wool and support them to step up and take on available opportunities.
Emma, who is set to graduate from the University of New England in October, will use her time at the Hour of Power to present her honours project to industry.
My honours project, on the implementation of shorter shearing intervals at Ivanhoe comparing six and twelve month shearings, is highly relevant to the industry and I am hoping the Hour of Power will give my research exposure and provide networking opportunities as I job hunt for the future.
Rounding out Art4Agriculture’s involvement in MerinoLink will be National Program Director Lynne Strong who will be the speaker at the conference dinner. Lynne will use her life journey from a pharmacist to a farmer to illustrate how the wool industry will benefit from the investment in youth and how working together makes innovation fast and easy.
It is wonderful to see the 2018 MerinoLimk Conference following our vision to help young people stand up and be confident to share their own stories
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