HOLBROOK Landcare Network’s Women in Ag (WiA) group will host an information and practical program next month for women involved in the wool industry.
WiA Wool Power 2015 is open to women on June 10 to listen to expert speakers and to celebrate the wool industry at the Women in Wool Dinner at J&B’s Cafe at Holbrook, from 5pm-9.30pm.
The evening session will begin with a “Jobs for the Girls” snapshot program, presented by Jenni Turner (Fox & Lillie Rural) and Fiona Raleigh (TAFE Cootamundra).
Attendees will have the chance to meet and learn from two of their mentors, while exploring the diversity of roles and careers in the industry.
All ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend the practical session that focuses on skills across the supply chain, from shearing through to consultancy.
Highly respected sheep producer Vicky Geddes and filmmaker Hayley Olsson will be guest speakers at the Women in Wool Dinner that will formally start at 6.30pm.
Mrs Geddes will speak about the development of her farm and flock, as well as provide some insights into juggling a successful production enterprise with family and other commitments.
During dinner Olsson will speak on the story of “Project Warm Heart”, an uplifting journey where she raised funds to produce and distribute wool blankets for the homeless in Sydney.
Olsson said she looked forward to being involved in the Wool Power 2015 event.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this really fantastic initiative by HLN,” she said.
“After studying media and film at university I was able to combine this skill set with my love of wool in the form of the documentary Project Warm Heart.
“Through sharing my story and hurdles I encountered I hope that many young women will feel that their skill set and their love of the wool industry can be combined to produce something that will not only contribute to the industry but empower other women.”
After dinner, attendees will hear about the latest wool market updates and learn about innovation and implementing the latest research on-farm from the expert panel.
Independent Commodity Services/Mecardo wool analyst Andrews Woods and Karen Mills, from Karina Dohne Merinos, will share their knowledge and answer questions.
RSVP is required by June 5 to the Holbrook Landcare Office on (02) 6036 3181 or email email@example.com to indicate which sessions you would like to attend.
There are only 50 places available for the evening session.