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Livestock Advisor Essentials

All-new professional development opportunity launching 2021

MLA is launching Livestock Advisor Essentials in 2021, a southern-focused pilot professional development program designed for early career professionals involved in the livestock industry.


This is an unbeatable opportunity to:

Learn the fundamentals of livestock businesses

Develop knowledge, skills and confidence and

Connect with other livestock advisors

The program will include four face-to-face workshops covering the livestock industry building-blocks of feedbase, business, value chain and people.

The workshops will be delivered by leading professionals in their field.

Workshop Date Location
Optimising pasture production 13 & 14 April 2021 Melbourne
Building blocks of business 8 & 9 June 2021 Sydney
Meating the market 7 September 2021 Adelaide
Influence and impact 8 September 2021 Adelaide

This pilot program is offered at a once-only heavily subsidised rate of $1750 for six days of face-to-face delivery, and places are limited. Travel and accommodation expenses will be the responsibility of the attendee.

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Opportunity for experienced advisors to mentor the next generation of livestock professionals

Are you keen to participate in formal mentoring training, and support the next generation of livestock advisors?

The next phase of the program is a formal mentoring program. The LAE mentoring program will provide a framework to support ten early-career livestock professionals to further develop their skills and personal capability, enabling them to achieve their career goals. The program provides mentees with the opportunity to learn from respected, established livestock industry professionals (mentors).

The five-month mentoring program, commencing in October this year, will provide the foundations for a supportive, confidential partnership between two people that involves sharing and developing knowledge, and for the mentee to consolidate learnings from the formal LAE program.  Mentors gain from the program through their own personal development (enhanced listening skills, higher empathy, problem solving, etc.) combined with a strong connection to the younger generation (exposure to new ways of thinking or doing things).

The LAE mentoring training, delivered by Jill Rigney from The Right Mind, will provide the tools and processes to support both parties in effective mentoring partnerships.

Expressions of interest are now open for experienced livestock industry professionals to become mentors.

Expressions of interest can be submitted here and will close Wednesday 15 September 2021.

Learn more about the program and what being a mentor will involve here or you can contact for further information.

Optimising pasture production

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Basil Doonan from Pinion Advisory will deliver the Optimising pasture production workshop, where participants will gain knowledge and confidence in the key aspects of feedbase management to equip them to better support their producer clients.

Basil Doonan has over 25 years of experience in farm business management, grazing management, training and consultancy. He has worked extensively in Australia and overseas in grazing industries, primarily consulting to farm business owners and managers and developing and delivering producer supported learning programs on topics such as pasture management, strategic planning, irrigation management and herd fertility.

Basil has a sound understanding of pasture and business management, soil and animal nutrition, animal husbandry and agronomy gained over his time in the agricultural industry. Basil has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Farm Management. 

Building blocks of business

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John Francis from Agrista will deliver the Building blocks of business workshop, where participants build confidence and skills in financial literacy, critical thinking and the ability to do simple cost-benefit analysis to support decision making.

John Francis is a farm business management consultant with over ten years’ experience in agricultural consultancy and a further fifteen years’ experience in production agriculture (agronomy). John holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and a Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment.

John has a background in production agronomy and livestock production. John is a competent business manager and has a proven understanding of the drivers of profitability in agriculture. John works at a strategic and tactical level with corporate and family farm asset owners and managers to improve productivity and profitability. John is also involved in a number of livestock industry projects and farm benchmarking groups.

Meating the market

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Elke Hocking will deliver the Meating the market workshop where participants will learn how to analyse customer feedback and assist their clients to identify and discuss possible on-farm solutions to compliance issues.

Elke is a private agricultural consultant based in the south-east of SA. Prior to commencing her consultancy business, Elke spent six years in beef research, seven years as a sheep industry consultant, and a lifetime of on-farm experience.

Elke holds a Bachelor and a Master of Agricultural Science and a Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment. She is passionate about producers being able to profitably and sustainably produce high yielding beef and lamb product that meets consumers’ expectations in terms of eating quality, nutrition and safety through the adoption of new technology, best practice production systems, value-based trading and a positive, professional approach to business.

Influence and impact

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Jill Rigney, from The Right Mind, will deliver the Influence and impact workshop where participants will learn the fundamentals of human engagement, plus processes and frameworks for sustained influence.

Jill specialises in the areas of capacity-building for businesses and individuals, specifically in the areas of leadership and performance.  

With an original background ins administration, Jill now specialises in the areas of engagement, self-mastery, communications, conflict and negotiation. 

Jill is a certified professional member of the Australian Human Resource Institute and a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development.