The Sheep Meat Value Chain Training Program is a comprehensive five day training course for individuals who wish to pursue a career in agrifood, held in the Great Southern. The successful inaugural training program was run in January 2017 and included 25 tertiary trained undergraduates, postgraduates from five universities and some already in the industry and focused on sheep meat supply chains and markets. The course could contribute towards undergraduate work experience requirements.
The program was a balance between the theoretical concepts of agrifood supply chain management, and field visits and presentations from key industry practitioners and leaders. The second course was run in January 2018 and focussed on the sheep meat value chain industry. It was delivered by Professor Kim Bryceson from The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Agriculture and Food Sciences and featured guest speakers from the agrifood industry.
Participants had the opportunity to network and share ideas with industry peers and experts. Participants were introduced to supply chain thinking and knowledge of challenges and opportunities that are unique to the sheep meat industry.
This was an initiative of the Sheep Industry Business Innovation project of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia in partnership with UQ Business School Executive Education.
Key benefits to students
- Develop a sound understanding of the theoretical concepts and technologies relevant to sheep meat supply and value chains - what a supply/value chain is and its importance.
- Take part in the ‘walk-the-chain’ experience.
- Network and share ideas with senior industry practitioners and experts in the Western Australian sheep meat industry.
- Become part of an exclusive industry-trained UQ alumni group.
About the facilitator - Professor Kim Bryceson
Kim is a Professor of Agribusiness at the UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. Her early research involved developing and implementing computer and satellite technology for integrated pest management, drought monitoring, site specific management, and agribusiness decision support system development with the Commonwealth and Queensland state governments.
Over the last 15 years in academia, she has been involved in agrifood supply and value chain analysis domestically and internationally, with particular focus on using various modelling tools to construct supply chain risk assessment and performance management scenarios.
Kim is also the Director of the Agricultural Remote Sensing Laboratory at UQ’s Gatton campus. Under her leadership, the collection of real time streaming Big Data through an Internet of Things infrastructure is developing. The design, building and use of small drone technology and robotics for agricultural and environmental monitoring and sub-tropical agricultural research and teaching, is also flourishing.