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TAS Country : September 22nd 2011
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 23, 2011 INSIGHT: Josie Archer back at work after learn business management from Australia's biggest retailers. Archers target big business BUSY: Josie and father Bruce cut cows and calves on the farm. KAROLIN MacGREGOR SIBLINGS Josie and And- rew Archer recently got a unique insight into one of the country's biggest food retail businesses. They were part of a group of six Tasmanian farmers who received a 2011 Agricultural Business Scholarship for young peo- ple from Woolworths. The Archers grew up on their family's mixed farm- ing operation at Westwood in Northern Tasmania. Andrew is now an over- seer on a large sheep prop- erty at Mansfield in Vic- toria while Josie, who is also a qualified teacher, works parttime on the fam- ily property. The Woolworths schol- arship program has been running for five years and is open to people between theageof20and30whoare employed in horticulture or agriculture or are in their second year of study (at least) at a horticultural or agricultural facility. As part of the scholar- ship, all 30 participants attended a 12-day course in Sydney where they were able to see aspects of the Woolworths business. The program is run by the Royal Agricultural So- ciety of New South Wales and the University of West- ern Sydney. Participants in the course get to meet with academics and other in- dustry leaders as well as visit farms, the Sydney Markets and the Woolworths distribution centre. Twenty-four-year-old Josie said the scholarship had given them the oppor- tunity to see inside Woolworths and other agricultural and horticul- tural businesses. ''It was really interest- ing because even though Woolworths is such a huge business, they still have to deal with similar issues that we do on the farm, just in a much big- ger way,'' she said. Josie said meeting the other scholarship recipi- ents from different indus- tries and regional areas across the country had also been a highlight. ''We met some great people and they encour- age you to keep those contacts going, she said. Josie said the scholar- ship program was par- ticularly valuable when it came to business manage- ment. ''I think one if the most important things I learnt was that you have to have a plan of what you want to do, and then you can go out and put it into action,'' she said. ''With farming it's easy just to get involved with what you're doing day-to- day and not really have a long-term plan, so that was something I'm going to take on board.'' There were 200 appli- cants for the scholarship this year. Josie lives at Egmont, the family property bought near Westbury re- cently. She works part- time as a primary school relief teacher and part- time on the family prop- erty. A mixed farming oper- ation, the Archers' busi- ness is made up of one- third cropping, one-third sheep and one-third cat- tle.The family run a herd of about 620 cows on the property, including 170 stud cows at their Chester Poll Hereford Stud. Most of the Archers' stock work is done on horses and with calving now in full swing it is a busy time for Josie and her father Bruce. Late last week they were busy cutting out cows and calves. ''Calving is always a nice time of the year, there's a lot to do, but its good to be able to get out on the horses, Josie said. ''I really enjoy working on the farm.'' News
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