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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2013
32 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2013 Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association ALPA is a great source of information for all those in the industry, constantly providing information and seminar opportunities to increase the agents' knowledge of new legislation and changing trends which is then passed on to their producer clients. ALPA keep members informed though sending a weekly newsletter covering topics including; Sheep Health Statement, National Vendor Declarations, Livestock Production Assurance Rules and Ovine Johne's Disease. ALPA also dedicate time to training and education through Auctioneers Schools, to ensure that livestock auctioneers continue to build their professionalism and the way they conduct a sale and this benefits the vendors. ALPA runs auctioneer schools throughout the year across Australia to train up-and- coming auctioneers; schools include tuition from experienced auctioneers, professional speech therapists and special guest speakers to ensure that all who attend are fully educated on facets of auctioneering. These schools provide a great opportunity for auctioneers to engage with highly experienced course leaders who have expert knowledge of all aspects of the auctioneering profession. Education and continual professional development are extremely important to ALPA and programs we offer our members have made great progress over the past few years. Interest in the schools has been growing due to previous attendees being pleased with the theory, knowledge and experience gained through communication with industry professionals. During the year, ALPA also organises auctioneer selection schools to ensure that each state can provide the most outstanding young auctioneers to represent them in competition. The selection school determines the strongest competitors to compete for the state title; these competitors are assessed and selected by ALPA auctioneers committees. The winner and runner-up then move on to the National Young Auctioneers Competition. A highlight of the ALPA calendar is the National Young Auctioneers Competition, held at Sydney Royal Easter Show. The competition is a culmination of the past years' training and development efforts towards young auctioneers, it offers them an opportunity to compete against other young auctioneers and show the crowd the talent and dedication that they have towards this skill. The competition provides a benchmark for young auctioneers to aspire to; providing a reason to strive to achieve more, each year. The ALPA Young Auctioneers competition has many repeat competitors who enjoy the opportunities and experience that the program can offer them. The final outcome for the industry is that we have more accomplished and professional auctioneers and agents, who have been professionally trained and mentored. This leads to a raft of improvements to the industry whilst delivering better animal welfare outcomes and a better product for the consumer. For many, agents are often the point of entry to, and exit from, the land. Agents are also everything in-between: shopkeeper, levy collector, banker, advisor and source of information on the latest in research and development. Like so many of our producers and other rural businesses, agents have to grapple with the challenges forced on them by a changing world. All involved in the livestock industry must be aware that the future of the industry rests with our youth and ALPA fully support youth in agriculture. Stock and station agents have been vital members of our rural communities for almost two centuries, and remain so today. As an industry we have ridden the highs and lows of life in rural Australia side-by-side with farmers, all operating in an environment that creates a great deal of uncertainty. We are now, more than ever, a crucial extension service for our agricultural producers and a key social conduit for our rural communities. For further information www.alpa.net.au The Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA) is one of the largest organisations of small rural businessmen and women and is relied on to protect the interests of agents and producers nationally.