In the lead-up to LambEx 2016 a group of 19 producers and industry representatives from the United States, New Zealand and Australia heard the latest sheep production research from NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Charles Sturt University scientists in Wagga.

The pre-conference tour was organised through the Graham Centre, an alliance between DPI and CSU, to inform thedelegation of future sheep industry leaders identified by the Tri-Lamb group, which aims to strengthen industry connections and productivity in the US, Australia and NZ.

Theyoung leaders were identified through the Tri-Lamb group, a group of global sheep industry organisations, and given opportunities for building networks, developing leadership skills, promoting cooperation and growing lamb sales across the three countries.

According to Jamie Heinrich, previous Tri-Lamb Group Australian Industry Ambassador and mentor on the 2016 program, “the Tri-Lamb Group Young Leaders Program is a great opportunity to get more young people into leadership roles in our industry.”

‘Visiting the US was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to build relationships with US sheep producers,” He said.

“It alsogives me an insight into sheep production in the United States,” Mr Heinrich said.

“This year it is our opportunity to showcase the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.”

DPI analytical chemist and FQS manager, Richard Meyer, said the Tri-Lamb group were impressed by DPI’s feed testing capabilities and how results could be used to develop feed budgets to meet their growth targets.

“DPI has developed an Australian-first app, the Drought Feed Calculator, which allows producers to develop well-informed feed strategies which save money,” Mr Meyer said.

“The beauty of the app is that it can be used in good and dry times to compare 71 different feeds or specific values from a feed test.”

Established in 2004, the Tri-Lamb Group comprises the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SMCA), Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI).

It aims to connect the three countries and promote awareness and increased lamb consumption in the US, a key export market for Australia and New Zealand.

Through their Young Leaders Program, individuals aged 22-40 years are selected from the Tri-Lamb Group countries, and are encouraged and supported to become future leaders within the industry.

Those in the program come together each year to network andlearn from each other.They also work to promote their further involvement in the sheep industry.

Visitors: Tri-Lamb group young leaders, Tumoana Harrison-Boyd, New Zealand, Karissa Maneotis and Katie Olagaray from the US,with DPI analytical chemist, Richard Meyer. Photo: Bernadette York

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