The first class of interns to complete the Meridian Agriculture’s inaugural Livestock Consulting Internship program officially graduated from the two-year program recently, marking a significant milestone along their career path as livestock consultants.
All nine interns who started the program in 2015 graduated at an event hosted by Meat and Livestock Australia in Sydney, after completing internships with participating livestock consulting businesses throughout Australia.
Supported by MLA Donor Company, the internship program is designed to ensure the continuation of new consultants to the industry through a structured program that underpins the cost of livestock consulting businesses taking on entry level employees.
MLA Donor Company chief executive officer Christine Pitt said following the success of the first round of the internship program, the Donor Company was supporting a second round with a new cohort of 10, who have recently started their internships.
‘‘A formal mentoring component has been introduced with the first round of interns who graduated from the program last week having been matched with the new interns to provide support and guidance,’’ Dr Pitt said.
‘‘Livestock consultants require knowledge of the latest research and technology to help their clients remain competitive.
‘‘This program provides valuable personal development support, practical skills and access to industry networks while the interns undertake a Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Consulting.’’
Industry projects undertaken by the interns, which ranged from investigating cattle shrink in saleyard situations to an analysis of adult learning within the producer group structure, will be published on the MLA website in the coming months.