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Students shape up sheep skills at Katanning course

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Friday, 6. January 2017 - 9:30

A group of tertiary students is set to embark on an intensive one-week training program in the Great Southern focused on sheep meat production and markets.

The program, for students interested in pursuing a career in the agrifood sector, has been designed by the Department of Agriculture and Food’s Sheep Industry Business Innovation (SIBI) project.

Department senior development officer Justin Hardy said 27 students were involved, the majority of whom were currently studying at Western Australian tertiary institutions.

“The five-day residential program in Katanning will focus on the sheep meat value chain,” Mr Hardy said.

“In partnership with UQ Business School Executive Education, the course will be delivered by Associate Professor Kim Bryceson and will also feature guest speakers from the sheep meat supply chain.”

Professor Bryceson said the course would provide participants with a sound understanding of relevant theory and technologies. Topics include innovative marketing, the trends and challenges of meeting market demand and turning risks into opportunities.

Enrolled students will get the unique ‘walk-the-chain’ experience, as well as the opportunity to network and share ideas with senior industry practitioners. Site visits include trips to the Katanning saleyards, producer farms and a local processor.

Murdoch University third year animal science student Robin Malik, of Katanning, said she was excited about developing a deeper understanding of the sheep supply chain.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing from different industry experts as well as meeting like-minded students who are passionate about the sheep industry,” Ms Malik said.

“Currently, the animal science major is mainly focused on animal production and ways of improving it, so it would be great to know the bigger picture and see further along the supply chain through this program.”

The course runs from 16 to 20 January. Students will be given a group project with a task to solve a particular challenge in the supply chain and they will present their findings to a panel of industry experts at the end of the week.

The Sheep Industry Business Innovation (SIBI) project is made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.

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