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 held its annual conference in Bendigo on 19 June 2019 with over 300 farmers and advisers attending.
Watch videos of previous conference sessions which have been presented at the annual conference over the past two years.
For queries regarding BestWool/BestLamb please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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