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Victorian sheep producers to have a say at Geelong forum

Sheep Central, February 6, 2015

Victoria’s sheep producers will be encouraged to tell industry leaders how their levy dollars should be spent at a forum in Geelong next week.

The VFF Livestock Group, with the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) and WoolProducers Australia (WPA) is inviting all producers, VFF members and non-members, to a free sheep producers forum on Tuesday, February 10.

The forum will start with lunch at noon, with sessions from 12.45pm to 4.30pm at the National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong.

Speakers will include Michael Craig from the SCA, WPA  board member Steve Harrison and Australian Wool Innovation’s wool selling systems review executive officer John Roberts.

The VFF said producers will get to discuss key industry issues, question speakers and tell the federation what they want from their levies, peak national bodies and VFF.

The forum sessions will cover:

– Where to for the sheep industry? This will include presentations from SCA and WPA looking at industry systems and the industry’s ability to supply the market needs.  WPA and SCA would also like to hear from Victorian producers on what they consider to be the best way animal health and welfare levies can be spent.

–  Profitability for the wool industry – how do we achieve this? This will include a presentation about the AWI Wool Selling System Review and an opportunity for questions about the review.

The VFF said the forum will be run in an interactive style to ensure maximum input and feedback from the producers who attend.

All Victorian producers are welcome. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: by Tuesday, February 3, with VFF Membership Services on 1300 882 833.

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