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NTCA Indonesia Australia Pastoral Program up and running for 2018!

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The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) is excited to confirm that the NTCA Indonesia Australia Pastoral Program (NIAPP) will recommence in 2018. An agreement between the Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has funded the program in conjunction with the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association. Project Manager Kylie Gracey will travel to Indonesia next week to complete the first round of recruitment for potential students.

NIAPP is a unique 360-degree program to foster greater learning and understanding between Australia and Indonesia. The program comprises of a 10-week rigorous learning journey in northern Australia for Indonesian undergraduate university students studying animal science and husbandry. Competition for places in the program is strong, Ms. Gracey said. The program has delivered amazing results in bringing the supply chain from paddock in Australia to plate in Indonesia closer together.

Students will travel to Australia for an intensive two-week accredited practical training block that will equip them with the skills needed to operate successfully in the cattle supply chain. Students are then placed on stations across Northern Australia for a further 6 weeks to gain first-hand experience of station life and further refine their cattle handling and husbandry skills. NIAPP participants are predominately placed on properties in the Northern Territory but there are plans to expand the program to include Queensland and Western Australia.
Rohan Sullivan, from Cave Creek Station near Mataranka has been a strong supporter of NIAPP, hosting a number of students over the life of the program: “I see tremendous opportunity to create strong relationships through the entire supply chain, with improved animal welfare outcomes a key driver in supporting the program” said Mr Sullivan.

For the first-time students will complete their intensive training in Alice Springs at the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association new training facility located at the Bohning Sale and spelling yards. “This will give the Indonesian Students a unique opportunity to experience cattle transportation and handling in an Australian context”, NTCA CEO, Paul Burke, said.
Ms. Gracey will spend the next few weeks in Indonesia interviewing students, and meeting key educators and government officials, “Indonesia is a very important trading partner and it is critical that we foster strong relationships with our customers in Indonesia. The NIAPP program allows the Northern Territory cattle industry a unique opportunity to do this’, said Ms Gracey.

Ms. Gracey invites everyone to follow the NIAPP journey from the student interviews to the Alice Springs training and station placements in Northern Australia, by following the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page for regular updates.

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Key Contacts:
Kylie Gracey – Project Manager, NTCA
0429 611 924
Paul Burke – Chief Executive Officer, NTCA
0429 171 327

 

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