Global issues covered at world-first sheep event

The World Merino Insight (WMI) will be held in Adelaide, and at the Adelaide Show on September 4-9.

The six-day event covers both the meat and fibre aspects of merino production and brings together breeders, suppliers and buyers from across the sheep, wool and sheep meat industries.

WMI Co-Chair Peter Meyer said the event was for everyone involved in the sheep, sheepmeat and wool industry – not only Merino breeders.

“We have an excellent cross-section of industry showcasing all facets of the Australian sheep sector,” Mr Meyer said.

“It’s a great chance for an in-depth industry insight, from the conference on Tuesday to the innovation day at Murray Bridge, where we have more than 20 trade displays and more than 20 sheep studs from South Australia and interstate displaying livestock.”

The six-day program includes a field day, two ram sales, a conference, Royal Adelaide Show access and tours. 

Mr Meyer said the event tied in well with the Royal Adelaide Show, and two of the industry’s feature sales, the Classings Classic Merino Ram Sale at Murray Bridge and the SA Stud Merino and Poll Merino Ram Sale at Adelaide.

“There is no better time to be in the sheep industry then at the moment with excellent wool prices and lamb and mutton prices,” he said.

“The Insight is a great event and well worth making the effort to come to.”

So far the event had attracted good interest from overseas, interstate and locally, with Mr Meyer saying it would also allow fantastic opportunities to network with industry leading speakers and producer delegates from across the world.

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is proud to support the South Australian Merino sheep industry and is a sponsor of the 2016 World Merino Insight conference. Earlier this year, PIRSA also supported and launched the South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint, which aims to grow South Australia’s sheep industry production and value from the current base of $1.48 billion per annum to $1.8 billion in 2020.

For more information or to register for the World Merino Insight go toworldmerinoinsight.com.au or contact Emma at 08 8125 2200 or email emma.cimarosti@aomevents.com 

This Agritalk column is compiled by Philippa Clark, Business Services Consultant, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), located in Struan. Contact: Philippa.clark@sa.gov.au. www.pir.sa.gov.au