About the course
The Sheep Supply Chain Training Program is a comprehensive five day training course for individuals who wish to pursue a career in agrifood, held in the Great Southern and Perth region. The training program has been previously run in January 2017 and 2018 and included 25 tertiary trained undergraduates, postgraduates and some already in the industry. The course could contribute towards undergraduate work experience requirements.
The course, focused on active learning, will include:
- theoretical concepts and technologies (what is a supply/value chain, why are they important, how do they work, and how to add value)
- field visits (walking the chain from producer through processor, retailer to exporter)
- industry speakers
- participant discussions
- report development and presentation of participants’ hands-on design and build of their vision of a sustainable, innovative and value adding chain for wool or lamb.
Participants will have the opportunity to network and share ideas with industry peers and experts. Participants will also be introduced to supply chain thinking and gain knowledge in areas of challenges and opportunities that are unique to the sheep industry.
Key benefits to students
- Develop a sound understanding of the theoretical concepts and technologies relevant to sheep meat supply and value chains - what a supply/value chain is and its importance.
- Take part in the ‘walk-the-chain’ experience.
- Network and share ideas with senior industry practitioners and experts in the Western Australian sheep meat industry.
- Become part of an exclusive industry-trained University of Queensland alumni group.
About the facilitator - Professor Kim Bryceson
Kim is a Professor of Agribusiness at the University of Queensland (UQ) School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. Her early research involved developing and implementing computer and satellite technology for integrated pest management, drought monitoring, site specific management and agribusiness decision support system development with the Commonwealth and Queensland state governments.
Over the last 15 years in academia, she has been involved in agrifood supply and value chain analysis domestically and internationally, with particular focus on using various modelling tools to construct supply chain risk assessment and performance management scenarios.
Kim is also the Director of the Agricultural Remote Sensing Laboratory at UQ’s Gatton campus. Under her leadership, the collection of real time streaming Big Data through an Internet of Things infrastructure is developing. The design, building and use of small drone technology and robotics for agricultural and environmental monitoring and sub-tropical agricultural research and teaching, is also flourishing.