Sheep sector keen to work

July 14, 2017

Farming Together program director Lorraine Gordon. The program found that Australia's sheep, lamb and wool producers are the nation's keenest to form collaborations.

Australia’s sheep, lamb and wool producers are the nation’s keenest to form collaborations, according to the national Farming Together program.

In its first 10 months, the campaign — which encourages farmers, fishers and foresters to form groups — has attracted more sheep, lamb and wool projects than any other commodity group.

A total of 23.2 per cent of applications have come from the sector; sheep and lamb producers comprised 14 per cent of total applications, with wool producers lodging 9.2 per cent of applications.

‘‘We had applications from groups across the country, both large and small,’’ Farming Together program director Lorraine Gordon said.

‘‘The large-scale commodity groups, like sheep, beef and cropping, predominated but we also had robust interest from smaller, emerging ag-commodities

‘‘We note a strong interest among organic producers and locavore co-operatives as well as fish and seafood groups.

‘‘There is clearly an appetite for collaborative models across the nation’s primary producers.’’

Beef, grain and horticulture producers were also keen to form collaborations.

The program attracted 21.1 per cent of its applications from the beef sector, 19 per cent from cropping projects and 17.8 per cent of applications from vegetable, fruit and wine growers.

The two-year, $13.8million pilot program is being delivered by Southern Cross University on behalf of the Federal Government.

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