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#083 Adam Dawes about the wool industry on the Falkland Islands

Adam Dawes

Adam Dawes is the Senior Agriculture Advisor for the Falkland Islands Government. In his Wool Academy Podcast interview, Adam gives an introduction to the sheep and wool industry of the Falkland Islands. He gives insights into the benefits of the islands’ wool as well as the struggles and opportunities the industry faces.

About Adam Dawes

Adam Dawes is the Senior Agriculture Advisor for the Falkland Islands Government. He grew up on a superfine wool farm in Southern New South Wales (Australia). Adam studied Agronomy at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga before working as an agronomist, providing advice to sheep and cattle farmers near his hometown. Leaving agronomy Adam worked for 8 years in the Australian government in various roles relating to plant biosecurity. In 2015 Adam was attracted to a role working with the Falkland Islands Government seeking a career break and a once in a lifetime adventure for his young family. Adam has enjoyed the move back to the wool industry and is looking forward to the global wool industry developing as consumers begin to develop a well-deserved appreciation for the positive attributes and sustainability of our wonderful fiber.

Connect with Adam Dawes

Website of the Falkland Islands Government

Facebook page of the Falkland Islands Department of Agriculture

Facebook page  and Twitter account of the Falkland Islands Government

www.falklandwoolgrowers.co.uk

www.wool.fk

Key Time Stamps

[01:16] About Adam Dawes

[05:04] About the Falkland Islands wool industry

[09:10] How did the sheep industry develop on the Falkland Islands

[10:13] The landscape of the Falkland Islands

[11:42] What makes the Falkland Islands wool special

[12:57] Where is the Falkland Islands wool exported to

[13:39] What kind of bi-lateral agreements do the Falkland Islands have

[14:03] What kind of products is Falkland wool used for best?

[15:51] The challenges of the Falkland Islands wool growers face

[16:45] A typical day of Adam Dawes

[18:03] Where penguins and sheep are best friends

[19:56] The importance for the Falkland Islands to connect internationally

 

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About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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