BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB in partnership with Australian Wool Innovation Limited is a network facilitating information exchange that enables producers to implement improvements in key aspects of their business.
It is not a direct service provider, but rather a program that facilitates practice change via appropriate learning activities delivered to a large network of producers, coordinators and groups.
Neighbourhood discussion groups form the core of the program. Group members meet regularly for facilitated discussions, farm walks, training workshops and information sessions aimed at improving farm business profitability.
The group approach recognises that there is a mix of skills amongst livestock producers in any location, and that most producers have similar interests. Members identify key issues and the best learning approaches to assist them to reach their individual business goals.
Other extension approaches are used to complement group activities. These include an Annual Industry Update, telephone seminars, partnerships with innovative research and development projects and producer demonstration sites.
Coordinators play a major role in ensuring the success of all activities. They drive group members to question things and to overcome barriers to change and improvement. They also highlight emerging issues to BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB Management and ensure that group achievements are effectively recorded.
The program has embraced existing producer groups in some parts of the state and is encouraging producers in other areas to form new groups.
How we do it
BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB group members have yearly planning sessions to agree on the topics that are addressed.
These topics may include:
- Grazing management
- Weaner management
- Sheep bloodlines
- Sheep productivity
- Business management
- Cost of production
- Marketing and risk management
Group coordinators organise the most effective learning activities, communicate new research and development information, challenge producers to trial new technologies and review and report the progress of their groups.
The project management team receives regular advice and guidance on strategic issues from the Network Advisory Committee that includes producers, industry and investor representatives.
BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB hold an annual conference in Bendigo which is attended by over 300 farmers and advisers. The format is a preconference dinner with speaker followed by a one day event featuring four keynote speakers and twelve concurrent sessions which participants can attend only those that are relevant and of interest to them.
2017 BestWool/BestLamb conference set for 28 June - Bendigo
The 2017 BestWool/BestLamb conference program is shaping up to be another great event in true tradition of previous years. The conference will be held at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre on Wednesday, June 28 and the conference dinner will take place the evening before on Tuesday, June 27.
Be sure to put the date in your diary so as not to miss Victoria's premier sheep event.
With current strong markets and industry signals, the conference is not to be missed this year. As well as a great networking event, it is also an opportunity for lamb and wool producers to hear the latest in industry developments and research.
The conference program is in the final stages of bedding down with a great announcement soon to be released. In the meantime you can now take advantage of the early bird registration.
Go to Eventbrite ticket sales 2017 BWBL Conference to register online.
For further information or to request a registration form by post please send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch videos of some of the informative sessions which have been presented at the annual conference over the past two years.
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