Education and training
Avington employs some of the best people in the sheep and wool industry in Australia. Their skills rate at the highest level in all management issues including:
- Stock management
- Wool harvesting
- Land care
- Pasture management
- Training other staff
- Measurement and recording
- Working with clients
- Interacting with industry and community groups
Australia has a long history of training young people in agriculture. Trainees known as Jackeroos were once part of Australia’s national farming heritage, but sadly the Jackaroo has faded over the past 20 years.
The Avington Jackeroo program was started in 2012 out of concern for the lack of training for young people who want to work on farms and focus on sheep and wool production. The program allows us to ensure Avington’s world class farming standards, methods and procedures are passed onto trainees and graduates in agriculture. Avington has well-established links with the Veterinary School at Melbourne University and students spend time at Avington gaining practical farm experience. Jackeroos live and work on the property during their training.
The facilities at Avington are some of the best in Australia and are made available for industry training, visitors from overseas, Landcare groups and students.
Avington is actively involved and supports the local community:
- Kyneton Agricultural Show
- Kyneton Football and Netball Club
- Kyneton Men’s Shed
- Macedon Ranges Agribusiness Forum
- Baynton-Sidonia Landcare Group
- North East Catchment Management Authority
- Pastoria Country Fire Brigade