Training, Courses & Seminars

For sheepmeat & Wool Producers


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PAID COURSE

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We've bought together courses and programs from around Australia — Industry Programs & Courses as well as Formal Education and Training — relevant to sheepmeat and wool producers.

— from TAFE certificates to one-day on-farm programs —

Refer to the key and please note that the programs are listed in no particular order.


INDUSTRY PROGRAMS & COURSES

"AWI provides free training for novice, improver and professional shearers and wool handlers through its regional coaching program."

What: The AWI program aim to attract and train new worker into the wool harvesting industry by building the capacity of staff. Nine RTOs are contracted to deliver the RTO program, which includes in-shed coaching for shearers and wool handlers, novice/improver shearer and wool handling workshops, crutching schools, and Shearing Industry Vocational and Training in School (SIVETS) for high schools students.
Who: AWI
When: Refer to their calendar online
Where: Various (refer to their calendar)
Cost: Free

 

“The Making More From Sheep manual captures, in one handy reference, useful information about the ‘must dos’ of managing a successful sheep and/or wool enterprise, generated from years of research and on-farm experience."

What: An online package of information and tools for sheep producers developed by 250 leading producers and technical experts. There are 11 modules in the program (all available online), which cover topics including soils and pastures, to animal health and genetics.  The manual has three modules —  business based, resource and pasture based, and sheep technology ­­— that include synthesized information, procedures as well as  a number of practical tools to assist the producer.
Who: AWI and MLA
When: Available 24/7 online
Where: Online or download the PDF 
Cost: Free

"More than 250 scientists, public and private advisers and farmers have contributed to EverGraze as part of the project team and governance since its inception in 2003."  

What: The EverGraze project aimed to increase the profitability of livestock enterprises in the high rainfall zone of southern Australia by using a perennial based farming system. The principles of the program are based on results from proof sites, modeling, research, on-farm experiences and stakeholder input. There are practical on-farm options, tools and training information available online.
Who: MLA, AWI and DPI VIC
When: Available 24/7 online
Where: Online
Cost: Free

"LTEM has been delivered to more than 300 Merino and cross-bred producers across Australia. In Victoria , LTEM participants improved the number of lambs weaned per hectare by 30%.  This was achieved through a 15% increase in ewe stocking rate, a 50% reduction ewe mortality and a 15% increase in weaning rates."

What: The LTEM nationally-accredited course brings together small groups of producers from a local area over a 2 year period. Facilitated by industry specialists, each producer monitors a mob of ewes and uses new skills and knowledge to improve their reproductive performance and optimise stocking rates.
Who: Delivered by RIST
When: 6 sessions per year for 2 years (start date flexible)
Where: On-farm in your local area.
Cost: Net cost of approximately $400 per producer after subsidy.

 

KLR Marketing School

"The most difficult decisions we face as producers are knowing what to sell, when to buy, and how to guarantee a profit. We are inundated with market intelligence and so-called ‘experts’ telling us what the market has done and what it is going to do.

At the KLR Marketing School you will learn simple, powerful and proven livestock sell/buy strategies that have been developed to maximise your cash flow while minimising the market risk."

What: The KLR Marketing School is a two and a half day marketing school where you learn about livestock marketing, how to calculate if livestock is over- or under-prices, balancing inventories, protecting equity and knowing your Cost of Carry.
Who: Delivered by KLR — Rod Knight, Grahame Rees, Jim Lindsay, Kaye Barr and Ken Haylan.
When: Different dates and locations (Bathurst July and Brisbane October) 
Where: Refer to above link.
Cost: $1,540 first person, $1,100 2nd person, $770 repeat.

 

Holmes Sackett Seminars & Workshops

"Holmes Sackett has a variety of seminars and workshops available to farm business owners and managers as well as to advisors within the agricultural sector all aimed at improving rural profits."

What: Three workshops are offered — Cost of Production workshopsPrinciples of Profitable Farm Leasing and Principles of Profitable Farm Machinery Decisions.
Who: Holmes Sackett.
When: See their event page.
Where: Refer to above link.
Cost: Cost of Production workshops (2 days $110), Principles of Profitable Farm Leasing (1 day, $500 first attendee, $200 second attendee) Principles of Profitable Farm Machinery Decisions  (1 day, $600 first attendee, $200 second attendee)



FORMAL EDUCATION & TRAINING

WOOL/Shearing CERTIFICATES

There are a number of certificates available for budding wool enthusiasts:

Wool Handler
Certificate II Wool Handling
Certificate III Advanced Wool Handling 

Shearer
Certificate II Shearing
Certificate III Shearing
Certificate IV Shearing

Owner Classer
Certificate III Wool Clip Preparation

Wool Classer
Certificate IV Wool Classing

Some courses are subsidised (or even free!) and offer a mixture of online or onsite training.

The training providers that offer these courses are:

NSW: 

VIC:

WA:

SA:

  • TAFE SA (Gilles Plains – some courses are fee free!)

QLD:

 

SHORT COURSES

Please note that these short courses can form part of broader certificates in Agriculture. 

Sheep: ACS Distance Education

Sheep Online: Careerline Courses Australia

Introduction to Beef and Sheep Breeding: Melbourne Polytechnic

PLEASE NOTE THESE PROGRAMS ARE THOSE THAT ARE SHEEP-SPECIFIC ONLY.

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For Australian universities and other educational institutes that offer general agricultural courses, certificates and degrees, please refer to the Australian Agriculture Education & Training page.



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