Deniliquin Pastoral Times

MIL traineeshi­p opportunit­y


Finishing high school this year and not yet sure what direction to take in 2022?

Murray Irrigation’s annual business administra­tion traineeshi­p program offers you the chance to work, earn and study at the same time.

Two or three trainees are taken on board each year, employed under a 12 month contract.

While working and learning as a member of the MIL team, MIL people, safety and risk manager Angela Hussey said the trainees will also complete a Certificat­e III in Business Administra­tion through TAFE.

‘‘This is an opportunit­y to gain skills for the future, while working in an office environmen­t,’’ Mrs Hussey said.

‘‘It’s great as a gap year option, or as a pathway to your future career.

‘‘Ongoing opportunit­ies can come forward from these traineeshi­ps, whether short term or long term.

‘‘This year we took on Chelsea Free and Carlee Fisher, and Charlie Tasker who came on as a trainee a year earlier stayed on an extra year.

‘‘This program forms part of our succession planning, but is also part of our community responsibi­lity role.’’

Miss Fisher, who graduated from Deniliquin High School last year, said the MIL traineeshi­p was recommende­d to her by a teacher.

‘‘I was looking do to a gap year because of the situation with COVID and going interstate for uni, and I was wondering ‘what can I do?’,’’ she said.

‘‘A teacher told me this opportunit­y was coming up, ‘it includes ag and business and I think you would really enjoy it’.

‘‘I studied ag and business studies as part of my HSC and enjoyed both.

‘‘I looked into it a bit more, and I realised I could earn a Certificat­e III in Business Admin that I could take anywhere.’’

Mainly working in the business administra­tion side of the business, Miss Fisher said she was recently given the opportunit­y to do more within the analyst team.

She said it’s a role ‘‘I love and enjoy’’, and one which could encourage her to stay on with MIL if the opportunit­y arose.

‘‘I do have uni lined up for next year, but if I was offered the opportunit­y to stay with MIL it would be a very hard decision between the two.

‘‘For someone wanting to do a gap year, it is a great way to earn some money and build your skills at the same time.

‘‘It is such a great opportunit­y, and doing the traineeshi­p has fast tracked my case studies and helped me gain that certificat­e and credential­s.

‘‘It is an opporunity to learn and understand a true workplace.’’

Mrs Hussey said applicatio­ns for the traineeshi­ps would open in October, with follow up interviews to be held from November.

Successful candidates would start in January 2022.

Young unshorn crossbred lambs accounted for the bulk of numbers, with quality from good to very good, although there was very few heavy weights over 26kg carcase weight available.

A full field of domestic buyers operated alongside restocking orders from northern Victoria and local Riverina areas.

Prices for the best heavy young lambs were $3 to $5 easier, with rates slipping by up to $10/head on some of the plainer and lighter domestic types.

Old lambs were cheaper on very mixed quality, bidding once again favouring the better presented heavier types.

Young lambs were the feature and the lead runs of trade weights consistent­ly sold from $220 to $260, with just a couple of pens selling higher to a top of $275/head.

These lambs were estimated as costing processors from 920c to 980c for a ballpark average of 950c/kg carcase weight.

Bidding was more selective on the plainer trade weights under 22kg carcase weight, with most sales to processors from $185 to $215/head.

Restockers stepped into some betterfram­ed store lambs at $170 to $185, with smaller types at $142 to $155/head.

A small penlot of extra heavy export lambs topped the old lamb run at $296/head.

Price results for old lambs were mixed, reflecting quality, weight and skin presentati­on.

The sheep sale included some big lines of Merino ewes off shears, plus two good drafts of crossbreds.

Condition was generally good and the bulk of sheep were heavier types.

Heavy mutton was dearer than a fortnight ago, while plainer sheep were cheaper, mirroring the trend that has been evident at recent markets.

The heaviest Merino ewes sold from $208 to $249, and big crossbred ewes sold from $217 to $238/head.

The general run of sheep were $130 to $180/head.

An estimated range of 620c to 680c/kg carcase weight was recorded for the majority of sales.

Top sales:

New season lambs – IR Landale, $275; N & D Bradford, $275; H Wills, $268.60.

Old lambs – N & D Bradford, $296; Cassar & Edwards, $278; Sutton Nominees, $267.

Hoggetts – T Holschier, $260; G Leetham, $230; P & D O’Connor, $225; Indara Holdings, $200.

Sheep – J & J Andrews, $249.60; L, D, S, M Farrant, $240; Pisasale Farms Pty Ltd, $238.

Rams – D Goudie, $228; Paraway Pastoral, $200; Yarabah Werra, $190.

~ Details provided by Meat and Livestock Australia and Elders Rural Services Deniliquin, on behalf of the Deniliquin Associated Agents.

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