Training, Courses & Seminars
For sheepmeat & Wool Producers
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
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.
When: Refer to their calendar online
Where: Various (refer to their calendar)
“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
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
Prograze® aims to provide beef cattle and sheep producers and those who service these industries with skills in pasture and animal assessment, assisting them to identify ways to use these skills to improve their grazing management decisions."
What: A series of 8 workshops (36hrs) run in the field focused on pasture and animal production and management plans.
Who: DPI NSW and DEPI VIC
When/Where: Refer to DPI Website
Cost: Prograze (TBA). Prograze Abridged (intensive 2-day course delivered at Tocal, Paterson is $535). Prograze Plus (5 halfday workshops over 9 months is $495) Prograze is also offered by the Victoria by DEPI (eight sessions over eight months and costs between $220 and $330 depending on participant's existing levels of qualification).
"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.
"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.
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.
What: Three workshops are offered — Cost of Production workshops, Principles 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)
To understand the different career pathways in sheepmeat production and wool production, check out Rural Skills Australia.
FORMAL EDUCATION & TRAINING
There are a number of certificates available for budding wool enthusiasts:
Some courses are subsidised (or even free!) and offer a mixture of online or onsite training.
The training providers that offer these courses are:
- TAFE NSW Riverina Institute (Primary Industries Centre, Leeton, Deniliquin, Temora)
- TAFE NSW Illawarra (Cooma, Goulburn, Yass)
- TAFE NSW TAFE New England (Armidale,
- TAFE Western (Dubbo, Cowra)
- Federation University (Mt Rowan (Ballarat))
- 4 Up Skilling Pty. Ltd (Dookie Campus University of Melbourne, Mansfield, Echuca, and others)
- Bendigo TAFE
- Rural Industries Skill Training (locations across Victoria)
- Melbourne Polytechnic (Epping)
- Workco Limited (Longerenong College)
- Great Southern Institute of Technology (Albany, Katanning)
- TAFE SA (Gilles Plains – some courses are fee free!)
- University of Queensland (Gatton)
PLEASE NOTE THESE PROGRAMS ARE THOSE THAT ARE SHEEP-SPECIFIC ONLY.
For Australian universities and other educational institutes that offer general agricultural courses, certificates and degrees, please refer to the Australian Agriculture Education & Training page.