About

The program

Sheep Connect Tasmania is Australia Wool Innovation‘s (AWI’s) key investment in extension for the Tasmanian sheep and wool industries.  The program is a joint venture between AWI and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA).

The program’s objectives are:

  1. “…continue to be recognised by producers and service providers as the key conduit for valuable, relevant and timely farming systems information to sustain vibrant, resilient and profitable sheep enterprises”
  2. “…through the Producer Advisory Panel… …proactively identify local producer and industry priorities and provide opportunities to manage arising challenges”
  3. “…support producers in acquiring the skills to manage systems diversity; integration of sheep into an evolving farming system
  4. “…actively participate in developing a pathway into long-term, vibrant and sustainable careers in wool and sheepmeat enterprises

The people

James Tyson BAgrSc MBA
M: 0409 006 774  |  E: james.tyson@utas.edu.au
After eight years working with Australia’s leading agribusiness banks – Rabobank Australia and National Australia Bank – James now manages the Sheep Connect Tasmania extension program; creating sustainability through improved productivity and profitability.

James comes from a prime lamb and cropping property at Sassafras and has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Tasmania. He has also completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Curtin Graduate School of Business in Perth, Western Australia.

Catriona Nicholls (Cat) B. App Sci (Agric) Grad Dip Ed
M: 0427 571 199  |  E: cat.nicholls@utas.edu.au
After 15 years working as a researcher, writer and editor with Australia’s largest farmer-driven research and publishing organisation — Kondinin Group, Cat has brought her communication skills back to a local level, providing communications support to Sheep Connect Tasmania.

Based at ‘Valma Downs’ in the Meander Valley, Cat has a background in agricultural science and passion for extending research outcomes to producers in a practical, relevant and easy-to-understand way.

The feedback

Feedback on the Sheep Connect Tasmania program:

“…provides a key comprehensive channel of updated information to the Tasmanian sheep and wool industry which would be lacking if the network was not in place…” – J.C.

“…the foremost source of relevant and timely information for Tasmanian sheep producers and industry participants…” – M.D.

“…the project has set a benchmark in Tasmania; it provides good, reliable information…” – S.P.

The Producer Advisory Panel

Sheep Connect Tasmania utilises a Producer Advisory Panel to proactively identify local producer and industry priorities and provide opportunities to manage arising challenges.

Current members

– James Tyson, Project Manager, Sheep Connect Tasmania
– Emily King, Manager, Woolgrower Extension & Adoption, AWI
– Peter Hanrahan, Consultant, Peter Hanrahan Consulting
– Brian Field, Centre Leader, Extensive Agriculture Centre, TIA
– Julian von Bibra, Beaufront, Ross (Chairman)
– Tim McShane, Stockman Stud, Melton Mowbray (TFGA Wool Council)
– Chris Headlam, Lowes Park, Woodbury
– Cate Morrison, St Peters Pass, Oatlands
– Rob Tole, Greenvale, Cressy
– Chris Badcock, Fairbank, Hagley
– Emma Boon, Mt Vernon, Kempton