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Global programme for next-gen sheep farmers

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Up and coming leaders invited to apply for Next Generation Sheep Farmer scheme.
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Young leaders in the New Zealand sheep industry are invited to put themselves forward for the Next Generation Sheep Farmer Programme. 

Set to go ahead in Australia between August 3-10, it will bring together young sheep farmers from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, offering a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration and skills development. 

The programme, which is part of the Global Sheep Producers Forum (GSPF), will be made up of two interlinked parts, with the first part having participants form groups with other participants from partner countries to decide on an area of sheep farming they want to focus on. 

Throughout the programme they will meet online with their group to work on the project, and will present their findings to GSPF online following an in-person visit to Australia. 

The second part of the programme includes a visit to a GSPF partner country to understand their sheep farming industry, with this year’s visit hosted by Australia. 

This will involve visiting farms, processors and sheep industry members before attending Australia’s LambEx conference. 

Applicants must be under the age of 35. They must have demonstrated leadership and be actively involved in sheep farming in NZ.

Applicants can express interest by emailing their CV and a cover letter to, including an explanation as to why they are the ideal participant and details of how they have demonstrated leadership in the NZ sheep industry. 

Applications close on February 15 2024. 

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