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The Sheep Producers Australia Leadership Network connects sheep producers and people working in the industry who share the goal of driving industry growth and success.


2024 is offering two successful applicants the opportunity to form a global network and professional development opportunity. You'll have the chance to undertake a project with a global partner to exchange ideas, share knowledge and contribute to the development of industry initiatives. 

Firstly, groups will be formed with participants from partner countries where they will decide on an area of sheep production that they want to focus on. Throughout the program they will meet online with their group to work on this project and will present their findings to the Global Sheep Forum online following the in-person visit to Australia.  

As part of this opportunity, you will meet face to face in August for a series of on farm visits and experiences before being a participate at LambEx in Adelaide.

Applications for the Next Generation Sheep Producers Forum Leadership Opportunity have now closed.

Two young sheep farmers from Australia have a unique opportunity to participate in the Next Generation Sheep Producers Forum program scheduled to take place in Australia from 3 – 10 August 2024.  By participating in the Next Generation Program, you will meet like-minded sheep producers from around the world, gain a broader in depth understanding of the Australian sheep industry, and support Sheep Producers Australia's engagement with international partners.


This program is part of the Global Sheep Producers Forum (GSPF), a collaborative initiative aimed at fostering sustainable practices in the global sheep industry. The program brings together young sheep farmers from NZ, USA, UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa, offering a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and skill development.


More information on the Global Sheep Forum can be found on the Global Sheep Forum website


  • You must be under 35. 

  • Leaders –you must have demonstrated leadership in the Australian sheep industry. 

  • Farmer – you must be actively involved in sheep farming in Australia. 

How to Apply  

Apply by emailing your CV and a cover letter to  

In your cover letter: 

  • please explain why you believe you are the ideal participant to take part in this program, 

  • how you align with the values mentioned below, and  

  • details of how you have demonstrated leadership within the Australian sheep industry. 

If writing about yourself isn't your thing - send us a 2minute video you can make on your phone, showing us around and answering the above questions.

Applications have closed. 

Following that interviews will be scheduled before the two successful candidates are announced.  

As part of our involvement with the Global Sheep Producers Forum we are releasing a bi-monthly Next Generation podcast if you want to sign up to be notified and to join the network you can sign up here.

The Leadership Network is supported by Meat & Livestock Australia and the Australian Government Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.

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