Young sheep farmers from NZ, Australia and US get together in NZ

Young sheep farmers from New Zealand, Australia and the United States are getting together in New Zealand this week to discuss common interests and look at the New Zealand sheep industry first-hand.

The trip is one of the annual activities of the Tri-Lamb Group, giving young leaders a taste of sheep farming in each of the three member countries, and this time, showcasing New Zealand’s unique farm management systems.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ)’s Northern South Island farmer director, Phil Smith says the forum is designed to encourage young sheep farmers and leaders from the three countries to share ideas, network and to broaden understanding of sheep production practices in all three countries.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the young leaders to develop and share knowledge of sheep meat production and on farm practices,” says Smith, who is accompanying the group and acting as the New Zealand mentor.

Among the participants are the American Sheep Industry Association president, Burton Pfliger, and secretary/treasurer, Benny Cox.

While in New Zealand the Tri-Lamb delegates will see sheep farms in both the North and South Island and will be meeting with some industry leaders who will be able to talk of their unique experiences about farming in New Zealand.

Tri-lamb GroupTumoana Harrison-Boyd from Gisborne and Kurt Portas from the Wairarapa are the New Zealand Young Leaders and their stories can be found at

The delegates are in New Zealand, after completing the Australian leg of the programme, involving a similar line up of farm visits and discussions with industry leaders.

The Tri-Lamb Group was first established in 2004 to grow demand for lamb in the United States. It is a collaboration between B+LNZ, the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, and the American Sheep Industry Association.


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