Hundreds at wool, lamb conference
THERE was something for everyone at the Best Wool Best Lamb annual conference on Wednesday.
The event at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre drew about 300 people in the wool and lamb industries to a number of presentations and practical workshops throughout the day.
BWBL project manager Lyndon Kubeil said most attendees had travelled from across Victoria, with a scattering from southern NSW and South Australia.
...they can actually self-select their day and I think that’s what makes it so successful.
Mr Kubeil said the morning's keynote speakers - Isobel Knight, Ben Hayes and Mark Trotter - had generated excitement about what was in the future for the sheep industry.
Concurrent, specialised talks of 30 minutes each filled the rest of the day's program from mid morning.
Mr Kubeil said the sessions covered a wide variety of topics including pastures, genetics, animal health and business management.
The morning sessions were about some of the industry's new innovations and the idea of the concurrent sessions in the afternoon were to get more of the practical, hands-on messages out there.
"(These are) things that producers can grab and take home and implement on farm," Mr Kubeil said.
Mr Kubeil said people enjoyed the practical messages which came out of the sessions.
"We think that there’s something for everybody," he said.
"Because of the fact they can select sessions, they can actually self-select their day and I think that’s what makes it so successful."
BWBL chairman Jason Trompf said the BWBL network performed more than just an educational function at such conferences.
"What’s very hard to put an economic value on is the social value of the BWBL network as far as the fabric it gives," he said.
"We have so many communities where the footy club’s lost, the tennis club’s lost... that continuity of the network provides some resilience and we can help people respond to the issue of the day."