Sheep Connect Tasmania

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The program

Sheep Connect Tasmania is Australian Wool Innovation's (AWI's) key investment in extension for the Tasmanian sheep and wool industries. The program is a joint venture between AWI and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA).

The program's objectives are:

1. “…continue to be recognised by producers and service providers as the key conduit for valuable, relevant and timely farming systems information to sustain vibrant, resilient and profitable sheep enterprises”

2. “…through the Producer Advisory Panel… …proactively identify local producer and industry priorities and provide opportunities to manage arising challenges”

3. “…support producers in acquiring the skills to manage systems diversity; integration of sheep into an evolving farming system“

4. “…actively participate in developing a pathway into long-term, vibrant and sustainable careers in wool and sheepmeat enterprises“

The people

James Tyson BAgrSc MBA

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James joined Sheep Connect Tasmania as program coordinator after eight years working in agribusiness with Rabobank Australia and National Australia Bank Agribusiness, where he provided financial services solutions to Tasmanian and interstate farmers.
James comes from a prime lamb and cropping property at Sassafras and has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Tasmania. More recently, he completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Curtin Graduate School of Business in Perth, Western Australia.

Catriona Nicholls (Cat) B. App Sci (Agric) Grad Dip Ed

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After 15 years working as a researcher, writer and editor with Australia’s largest farmer-driven research and publishing organisation — Kondinin Group, Cat has brought her communication skills back to a local level working with Sheep Connect Tasmania alongside James Tyson.
Cat has a background in ag science and passion for extending research outcomes to producers in a practical, relevant and easy-to-understand way. Based at ‘Valma Downs’ in the Meander Valley, Cat provides communications support to James and Tasmania’s sheep producers by ensuring the latest information is always at their fingertips.
Andrew Bailey B. Sc (Agric) Grad Dip Ed MSc (Animal Science)

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Andrew was seconded to TIA after 15 years with the DPIPWE’s wool section. As well as providing technical support for the Sheep Connect Tasmania program Andrew is coordinator for the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)-funded Making More from Sheep (MMfS) program. These programs have many synergies as many elements for both programs have been developed jointly by AWI and MLA.

Previously Andrew has worked closely with the 8x5WPP as the chief researcher/coordinator of the Lifetime Wool project based at the Cressy Research Station site.