THEY might be a group of women in an industry traditionally dominated by men but the Women of Lot Feeding aren't out to "burn their bras” or change the world, founding member Amanda Moohen said.
The group figured there were plenty of avenues for that sort of thing already well established, so what they were after was a way to network, have fun and learn something new with people who had similar interests.
Ms Moohen said the group had grown in impressive fashion to 150 members throughout the past few years and was really finding its feet.
This year turned out to be an incredible year, with the staging of the inaugural Beef, Bling and Bowties event as well as plenty of other networking events and even a few WOLF babies born.
She said a lot had changed in feedlots throughout the eight years she was involved in the industry, including plenty more women working in a wide range of roles, from administration and maintenance to livestock team members and feedlot managers.
The group and its events were open to all of these women in addition to those involved with feedlots in other ways through related businesses such as Elders and Landmark.
When Ms Moohen made themove to the feedlot industry it was rare to see a woman in a high-ranking feedlot position.
"It's a young, enthusiastic industry and a lot of young women are coming in and people are staying there,” she said.
"I think when I started I knew of one female feedlot manager who wasn't part of a family business.”
A lot had changed in that time and she said it was wonderful to have such a solid network of like-minded women supporting each other and focused not only on attracting more women to the industry but keeping them there as well.
And just as women's success stories have grown in number, WOLF's success stories have grown alongside.
"We had our high tea in Jimbour last year and this year we held Beef, Bling and Bowties,” she said.
"It was such a success we're going to do that every year now in Jondaryan.
"Next year's will be on May 26 and we're already looking for sponsors for 2018.
"Because we're a not-for-profit, all money raised from sponsors means we can have cheaper tickets to our events so more people can come.”
She said the next event for WOLF would likely be a networking even in northern NSW and the next big changein direction would be joining with other women's groups in the agriculture industry.
To find out more about Women of Lot Feeding look them up on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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