As of 4:00 pm Tuesday, 21st September this problem was resolved. It affected those who registered in 2019 or earlier.

Problem accessing Wool and Sheep Module files

Due to technical issues the files in the Wool and Sheep modules area of the website ( wool and sheep modules ) cannot be accessed by Members or Educators. The issue is being addressed and a notice will be posted once it has been resolved.

Our apologies for any inconvenience.


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RAS Foundation rural scholarship application deadline is approaching.

Applications for a RAS Foundation Rural Scholarship close on 5 September 2021.

The RASF encourages applications from students in NSW including the ACT, who demonstrate a passion for rural communities and commitment for a career that will play a part in shaping the future of rural and regional NSW.

Scholarships of up to $6,000 for full-time or up to $3,000 for part-time study are available to help ease the financial pressure of studying. There is no age limit for applicants and you can be studying at university, TAFE or college, and can be on campus or via distance education.


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Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) is the Peak National Industry Body for the Australian Sheep Meat Industry. Based in Canberra, our purpose is to be a strategic leader working to benefit Australia’s sheep industry to achieve a productive, profitable, and sustainable future.

SPA’s vision is to be a trusted influencer, leader and advisor for Australian sheep producers, industry, and government. SPA is governed by a skills-based board, comprised of a minimum of four and maximum of seven member-elected Board Directors and up to two Board-appointed Independent Directors.

SPA is seeking to appoint an Independent Chair of the Board at SPA’s Annual General Meeting in November 2021, following the expiration of the term of SPA’s inaugural Chair.

“The position of Independent Chair of SPA is a challenging and rewarding senior national leadership role. Ultimately responsible to its Members, SPA’s role is to provide national sheep industry leadership, policy, and advocacy.” Chris Mirams Independent Chair.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time contributing to the sheep industry as the Chair of SPA and would strongly encourage suitably experienced and qualified individuals, who are passionate about the red meat industry and want to make a difference, to apply for this position.” Mr Mirams.

SPA is also currently recruiting for two Board Director positions. Working with the new Policy Council, Directors will be in a position to advocate for the sheep meat sector, whilst providing the Governance oversight required for the organisation to perform an essential role.

“Directors of SPA play a vital role in ensuring the organisation is professional and efficient, capable of retaining the trust of all stakeholders in providing the best advice on both policy matters and the direction of levy expenditure.” Stephen Crisp SPA CEO.

Applications close 11.59pm Sunday 22 August 2021 AEST

Details on how to apply for the role of Independent Chair are here and the Director Positions are here.

Media Inquiries
Stephen Crisp
SPA Chief Executive Officer
Mobile 0455 999 130

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The 34th Conference of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences is scheduled for Tuesday 5th July to Thursday 7th July 2022 in Cairns, Queensland.

The Association, together with CSIRO Publishing, will prepare a special edition of Animal Production Science to be distributed following the 34th Biennial Conference.

The umbrella conference theme is ‘Anchoring knowledge – exploring the animal science ecosystem’.

The Animal Science 2022 Publications Committee have already assessed submitted abstracts under this umbrella and a limited number of authors have been invited to prepare a full six-page paper. Authors who were unsuccessful in the round are invited to contribute one-page papers which will be published online in a supplement accompanying the special edition.

Sub-themes include:

  1. Cutting edge and novel science– tell us what you’re working on that’s new & exciting!
  2. Novel technologies– research tools and on-ground applications (e.g. remote sensing, on-animal sensors, new lab tools & techniques)
  3. Challenges to production, survival and sustainability– climate change, animal health & biosecurity, conservation of wildlife, nutrition, reproduction
  4. Social license– animal behaviour & welfare, impacts of animals on the environment, changing consumer demands & preferences
  5. Creating impact– measuring adoption, economic impacts, extension approaches

Instructions and relevant documents are available from the Conference Website.

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Textile rating tools of the future must include responsible fibre consumption and be built on robust data or they will be blamed for causing more harm, instead of solving our current dilemmas.

IWTO, together with industry partners are building a campaign to raise awareness of the flaws in the current EU PEF method and ensure a level playing field for all fibres, based on true scientific facts.

View YouTube video from the IWTOCHANNEL

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Are you keen to get into Ag or fascinated by Australian AgTech or both?

Then the Australian Sheep & Wool Show’s Career and Technology Hub is your kind of place.

Highlighting pathways to exciting careers in agriculture, veterinary science, agribusiness and ag skills training while showcasing cutting-edge ag technologies is a focus of Sheep Show 2021.

New seminars, forums and agricultural education and skills training information sites are the must-see opportunities for people seeking to join our thriving primary industry sector.

‘Jobs, jobs, jobs’ is this year’s theme. And the talent is certainly out there.

One Australian university’s recent B.Agr.Sc. degree course intake jumped by 50% on the previous year and 55% applying for entrance were not from an agricultural or rural background.

The major reason given for students selecting the course was their search for a sustainable future.

With world food production required to double present production rates to meet the demands of the predicted 9.8 billion world population by 2050, the hunt is on for the farmers, scientists and agribusiness champions of the future.

We need you.

An exciting new seminar ‘Attracting Youth into Agriculture’, the Career and Technology Hub’s popular ‘Young Voices from the Land’ forums and the Ross McKenzie scholarship program are aimed at encouraging high school students, their parents and teachers to consider training and careers in a wide diversity of agribusinesses.

Universities, agricultural colleges, high schools and TAFE providers of agricultural education and skills training in Southern Australia will have information sites promoting their courses and scholarships.

Exciting state of the art new digital agricultural technologies including a data farm, Internet of Things (IoT), state of the art watering monitoring systems and electronic livestock identification innovations will be demonstrated and discussed throughout the Sheep Show.

Sponsors Agriculture Victoria, peak bodies Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), plus Gallagher Pty. Ltd. and other leading ag innovation companies are sponsoring information sites and seminars throughout the show.

If you are interested in a sustainable future, intrigued by Ag. Tech. and keen to use your talents for growing Australia’s food and fibre sector then make your way to the  2021-07-05 Advertisement Careers & Tech Hub Sheep Show and other information sites at the forthcoming Sheep & Wool Show 2021 on 16-18 July 2021.

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The many attributes of wool as a natural fibre are neatly summarised in this contribution from NewZealand.

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Wool Fabric and yarn sourcing guide goes digital.

“The Woolmark Company has launched the first edition of The Wool Lab Digital, a brand-new online platform for its respected wool fabric and yarn sourcing guide, which has been developed in response to the changing need of today’s market environment.

First launched 10 years ago, The Wool Lab is a guide to the best commercially available wool fabrics and yarns, created in collaboration with the most innovative and quality-oriented spinners, knitters and weavers from across the world. It has successfully become an important tool for the global fashion and textile industry, with its aim to increase the global demand and use of wool.

However, market changes imposed by the global pandemic – such as the cancellation of trade shows, widespread lockdowns and greatly reduced face to face meetings – meant that The Woolmark Company had to quickly adjust and find new ways to connect and strengthen our global supply change partnerships which is imperative within our industry.

As the solution, The Wool Lab Digital, launched in February (2021), provides a new digital showcase for wool fabric and yarn suppliers and a leading sourcing service for designers and wool buyers. While the structure and functionality of The Wool Lab has been adapted digitally to the times we are living in, the core of The Wool Lab remains the same.

The Wool Lab Digital is freely available to fashion and textile industry professionals in a dedicated area of www.woolmark.com. By simply registering users will be able to look through the guide and choose a selection of wool fabrics in which they are interested for their upcoming collections. Users will immediately receive and email with the detail of their chosen swatches along with the contact information of the applicable manufacturers that the user can contact and request samples.

As well as being in a new on-line format, The Wool Lab Digital has identified the new market trends and product innovations that are most relevant to the current unique global situation. Through these macro-trends, Merino wool reaffirms its position as the ultimate ingredient for both urban and active wear but also for leisure wear.”

Source:Beyond the Bale March 2021, Published by AWI.

Link: The Wool Lab Digital

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The Trust produces a summary report of its activities each year. These reports are intended to advise the organisations responsible for the appointment of Trustees about the Trust’s activities during the calendar year. However, they are also available to the general public.

Permanent links are provided on the home page.

The 2019/2020 Annual Report can also be accessed here – 2019/20 Annual Report

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The Trust supports the VET sector via 15 scholarships, valued at $3,000 each, being made available per year to students attending institutions in this sector. However, thus far only two VET Agricultural Colleges have taken advantage of these scholarships:

Applications for these scholarships are made on behalf of the student(s) by the institution at which the student is enrolled.

Tocal Awardees 2021

Justice Charter (Curban, NSW) Cert IV in Agriculture
Dougal Crofts (Kootingal, NSW) Cert III in Agriculture
Hannah Maciaczyk (Biala, NSW) Cert III in Agriculture

Cunderdin Awardees Class of 2020 Graduates

Larz Langford
George Burt
Charlotte Crossen

Cunderdin Students 2020
AWET Scholarships Cunderdin 2020

From left to right:

Madison Corsini (Assistant Farm Manager), Larz Langford, George Burt, Charlotte Crossen, Daniel De Beer (Farm Manager)

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