The 32nd Biennial Conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production, Animal Production 2018, will take place from July 2-4 at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.
The 2018 Organising Committee have commenced planning a dynamic program that will bring scientists, educators, social scientists, extension experts, consultants, consumer advocates, processors and producers together to share the latest information on all aspects of animal production.The conference tagline, fostering innovation through the value chain, will deliver a cross-species focused program sourcing international and national speakers on topics such as:
– Opportunities for innovation in animal production – a cross-species view
– Understanding the consumer: social, economic and animal welfare in animal production industries
– Mixed farming and grazing systems: integration, management, innovation
– The value of big data and its potential as a resource
Conference submissions are now being called for. The paper submission timeline has been released.
The Australian Wool Education Trust holds in trust the educational resources created by the CRC for Premium Quality Wool during its activities from 1993-2000. This resource collection consists of some 2500 high quality Microsoft Powerpoint slides prepared and edited by leading Australian wool educators, researchers, and industry personnel. Each slide is accompanied by explanatory notes and references to allow users to extract personalised information modules.
The educational resources are organised into Subjects, Themes, Topics and Modules. The Modules are MSPowerpoint files with some associated notes.
Until now these resources were only available as compressed archives for each subject i.e.
These are still available. However, it is now possible to drill down to the topic level within each theme for each subject and download all the modules for a topic as a compressed archive.
Each page is organised in the same way. The heading includes the Subject followed by the Theme. The first paragraph is a brief overview of the Subject. The next paragraph outlines the Theme. Each Topic has an individual heading under which are listed the Modules included within that Topic, together with a brief overview of the topic and each module within the topic. Links to the individual archives of the modules for each topic are provided. This will enable users to more rapidly access the material that specifically interests them.
Hannah Tan, a student at UTS and one of the recipients of the 2016 AWET fashion student grant, won the Australian Fashion Fund Scholarship/Internship Prize for 2016/2017, with the collection facilitated by the Trust’s grant.
Winners of the Prize receive a USD$20,000 grant and a 6-month internship with a global fashion powerhouse in New York City or Europe, and most likely Hannah will intern at Calvin Klein.
The Australian Wool Education Trust Grant 2016, alongside ongoing support from The Woolmark Company, has been invaluable throughout my Honours experience. It was not only the financial aid that assisted in building the collection, but also the wealth of knowledge and advice from members of the company. It has truly been a great honour to have received the grant, creating visibility and success for my work.
View Hannah’s Collection here.
The range of devices used to visit websites has increased. Most people use PC’s, tablets and phones for this purpose. However, for this to work successfully a website must be “responsive”. This means designing it so it can be satisfactorily rendered on all these devices. A major renovation of the site to make it responsive has been completed, and a fresh new look created, using the services of Woolwise’s web hosting provider, MindVision.
The new site has been tested on Apple and Android tablets and phones. It is recommended that for optimum performance you use the native browser for these devices, rather than a secondary browser such as Firefox.
The bulk of the Trust’s educational materials are not distributed via Woolwise. They are distributed via DVD. This is expensive and in any event this medium is becoming redundant as the capacity for web based distribution systems increases. Consequently, all of the Trust’s materials will be progressively migrated to the new Woolwise and made available via the internet.
Some of these materials are subject to licence agreements so the new site incorporates a registration and log-in system for licence holders. This is not available in the first release of the new site, but will be available once the licenced materials are uploaded to the site.
In the meantime explore and discover the new materials and features now available in this initial release. In particular these include:
The “Woolwise Origins” menu includes most of the information from the original Woolwise site, albeit reformatted. This has been retained to acknowledge the work by the first CRC and its team, in establishing the site and some of the materials created by the CRC. The primary resources, the educational PPT files associated with each of the CRC’s programs, are available in the Educational Resources menu.
Additional features are planned for the site in the future.
Three of these scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in Tocal College, NSW
The scholarships for 2017 were awarded to Jack Finch, Meg Crouch and Kate Blair-Hickman.
Each VET scholarship is for a period of one year and is valued at $3000.
In 2016 the Australian Wool Education Trust funded a pilot project for Fashion Design Students. This project will provide funding for students to purchase wool fabrics for their final year collections.
For the pilot project the criteria for administering and directing the grants are:
Initially 25 grants were provided for 2016, allocated to RMIT, Whitehouse Design, UTS, QUT, TAFE SA and Curtin University.
Following a review of the pilot program the Trustees decided to extend it into 2017, with the same number of grants and the same institutions.
The work of some of the grant recipients can be seen here.
These scholarships are intended to assist the applicants in funding their research project. Commencing 2017 the value of each scholarship was increased from $6000 to $7000.
The following students have been successful in their applications for Undergraduate Project and Masters by Course Work scholarships in 2017.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The AWTA Ltd Board has nominated Mr Gordon Dickinson as the replacement Trustee for David, effective 1st December, 2016.
At their meeting on 26th October, 2016 the Trustees appointed Mr Brian van Rooyen (pictured) as Chairman, effective 1st December, 2016. Brian is chairman of Australian Country Spinners and a former director of AWI.
The Trustees moved a vote of thanks for David’s contribution to the Trust over his 19 years of service as a founding Trustee and Chairman. David initiated and was responsible for the formation of the Trust by his recommendation for AWTA Ltd to commit $3.0 million of unappropriated profit to ensure the availability of tertiary sheep & wool education in Australia.
Furthermore, David was instrumental in encouraging AWI’s decision to contribute $4.0 million to the Trust. As Chairman he provided effective leadership of the activities of the Trust.
I am sure you will join with me and the other Trustees to thank him for his commitment and contribution to the Trust and to Sheep & Wool Education in Australia.
Each year Marcus Oldham College, in Geelong, calls for applications for a range of agricultural scholarships.
For applicants interested in a career in the Sheep and Wool industry the appropriate scholarship is the Alastair Mackenzie Scholarship, valued at $15000.
AWET ($10000) and WISS ($5000) co-sponsor this scholarship.
The successful applicant for 2017 is Georgia Buchholz. Georgia has a passion for farming, particularly in sheep and wool.She was born and raised on a sheep and cropping property south of Skipton, Victoria. This background helped her develop an understanding of the fundamentals of quality expectations the industry demands and how this can be achieved. Her passion for wool has grown over the past 5 years and she has taken every opportunity learn about the industry within her schooling and her work on the family farm.
Australian Wool Education Trust provides undergraduate scholarships, each valued at $6000/year, for students interested in a career within the wool industry and who are currently studying an agricultural based degree. The Scholarships are available to suitable applicants from any University. The Scholarships are co-funded by industry organizations who also help provide unique work experience opportunities.
Current industry co-sponsors include:
The students undertake their studies via the University of New England.