Livestock

Industry looking to the future

By Country News

Future sheep industry leaders are being encouraged to apply for a Sheep Producers Australia award, which recognises outstanding industry people.

The Sheep Industry Ambassador Award will recognise two people, 25 to 40 years old, within the industry with the potential to become industry leaders.

The SPA and Meat & Livestock Australia joint initiative aims to ensure the Australian sheep industry attracts and retains people with leadership skills to contribute to the long-term viability of the industry by developing industry capability and capacity.

The ambassador award includes an all-expenses-paid, week-long study tour from August 1 to 8, including attending Australia’s premier sheepmeat industry event, LambEx 2018, and the SPA Leadersheep Forum in Perth.

Birchip producer Ben Munzberg, who was one of the 2016 ambassador award winners, said the award provided him with a deeper understanding of the entire sheep industry and how all segments of the industry work together.

Interested future leaders must submit an application form and a two-minute video clip demonstrating their role in the industry and their vision for the industry’s future to be considered for the award.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their industry involvement including work and education history, their capacity to be a current sheep industry ambassador, their understanding of the industry’s importance and articulate a vision for its future.

Applications close at 9am on Monday, June 25.

■To apply, visit: sheepproducers.com.au/ambassadors