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RURAL WednesdayMarch 09, 2016 KATHERINETIMES 17katherinetimes.com.au New cattlemen in training FOR the second consecutive year, an induction course has been run at Charles Darwin Universitys Katherine Rural Campus to prepare the next batch of Australian Agricultural Companys station workers. After a one-week intensive course, 34 students will head off to stations across the Northern Territory and Queensland. Training through AACo provided a unique opportunity, said student Belinda Pratt, from the Queensland town of Texas, who recently completed an undergraduate business degree. Im actually doing the graduate program with AACo, which is a two-year program, she said. This sort of graduate program doesnt really exist with any other agricultural company, particularly in beef, there isnt anything like it. Its been a phenomenal week. The week-long induction at the campus began each day with a morning seminar that investigated different aspects of the agricultural giant. From there, the cohort split into groups of nine to spend a day intensively studying one of five topics. Each session was run by two trainers from AACo stations, with assistance from CDU staff, and covered the topics of horsemanship, cattlemanship, fencing and water maintenance, and four-wheel-driving. Ms Pratt said there were a lot of experienced people in the training group but at the end of each day at their catch-ups, everyone could pinpoint least one or two new things they had all learnt. The biggest thing that Ive noticed throughout the week, on top of the practical skills, is the amount of pride and respect that they have for this company, and the pride they take in their work its really infectious, actually, that attitude, she said. Its been unbelievable. AACo human resources business partner for northern properties Cath Graham said after participating in a teach-and-train program following last years induction, the company had been in a position to have its own leaders take over the training in 2016. Previously, weve also had our orientation week on station, she said. The facilities here at Katherine are excellent for this type of training. The other trainers said it had been a particularly motivated group and Mrs Graham added students had picked up the ropes quickly. New staff to the company had the opportunity to listen to a range of managers from across our company on different aspects of our business and gain valuable experiences ... to learn the core skills required within their new positions on stations, she said. Theyve been very engaged and I believe theyve learnt lots. SADDLE UP: Pete Raleigh and Kelly Ennis were running the horsemanship training group for AACo inductees, which included Sinclair George. BYMELISSA BERMINGHAM TRANSITIONING to a value-based marketing system is emerging as the clear solution for an industry now looking down the barrel of depleted cattle supply. That was the advice ofTeys Tom Maguire in response to the latest ABARES projections, which have the national herd falling by two per cent this financial year. To read the full story, go to katherinetimes.com.au. CATTLE PUT CONSUMER IN FRONT Tom Maguire LIKE it or not, scale really matters in the global grain industry says GrainCorp chief executive officer Mark Palmquist, who argues that Australia must make huge supply chain improvements to compete against rival exporters who are getting bigger and better at taking local markets. He told the Outlook 2016 conference that the odds were fast stacking up against Australian grain growers, as low oil and shipping costs now made it possible to ship wheat from Russia to nearby Australian markets in Indonesia for less than it cost to take grain from GrainCorp's Swan Hill silos in northern Victoria to ships waiting in port at Geelong or Melbourne. Size does matter in global grain fight AGRIBUSINESS BIGGER IS BETTER: GrainCorp CEO Mark Palmquist says size is important if Australian growers are to be "relevant" and rewarded in the international grains marketplace.