The SA Sheep Industry Fund(SIF) is supporting 10 “free” student and early career tickets to the “2024 BIGG Annual Conference - Farming ahead: a changing landscape” on Thursday, 8th February at Lambert Estate, Angaston.
The BIGG conference is always very inclusive of young people’s attendance, while giving all attendees an opportunity to get off-farm or out of the business, learn something new, and catch up with other like-minded people and rural businesses. The BIGG team has selected speakers that will inform and inspire as people face many changes in agriculture and work through the possible challenges and opportunities.
The BIGG Conference program features:
Warren Davies, ‘The Unbreakable Farmer’. Resilience, persistence, and determination filled with take home strategies that can be implemented in day-to-day life.
Graham Clothier, Lucindale sheep farmer: Insights into sheep production and management, farm diversification, and succession planning.
Felicity Turner, Field farmer: Carbon accounting opportunities and challenges, developing a farm sustainability framework inclusive of natural capital.
Mark Inglis, Thomas Foods International: A review of the livestock market, market specifications for beef and sheep, and processing technologies.
Liam Mowbray, Angus Australia: Breeding and feeding to market specifications - unlocking the genetic potential.
And BIGG Project Updates and Trade Presentations and Displays
Fiona McIntosh, dinner speaker and best-selling SA fiction author
The “technical” program and the “networking and collaboration” opportunities lay a strong foundation for the continued development of human capacity into the grazing livestock industry, and supports the delivery of SA Sheep Blueprint and Biosecurity Blueprint Priority Areas of;
· Supporting Productive and Sustainable Practices – pastures, reproduction, biosecurity;
· Promoting a responsive and resilient supply chain – Objective feedback systems -LMY & EQ;
· Fostering a growing skilled workforce – Engaging youth into the livestock grazing industries.