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Making More from Sheep

Making More From Sheep

1. News:

2011 it's ewe time! events

A series of it's ewe time!  forums, designed to build awareness of the significant opportunities for sheep producers to improve the performance of their enterprise will begin in July. The forums will address a combination of market opportunity, supply constraints and productivity messages based around:

  • Wool, lamb and sheepmeat market overviews and opportunities
  • Knowing your business performance through cost of production
  • Profit and productivity drivers, including:
         - Improving reproduction and survival
         - Sheep health
         - Efficiently increasing carcase weight and quality to market specification
         - Stocking rate
         - Improving genetics
  • Managing the feedbase and environment in a sustainable way
  • Enhanced eating quality and new human health attributes of lamb and sheepmeat to ensure the consumer has a pleasurable eating experience


    Katanning  Tuesday 5th July   Katanning Leisure Centre
     Northam  Wednesday 6th July  Bridgeley Community Centre
     Dandaragan     Thursday 7th July  Dandaragan Recreation Centre
     Tamworth  Tuesday 12 July  West Tamworth Leagues Club
     Longreach  Friday 15th July      The Longreach Club
     Bairnsdale  Tuesday 26th July   Bairnsdale Sporting and Convention Centre
     Cooma  Thursday 28th July  Cooma Ex-Services Club
     Wudinna  Tuesday 23rd August   Wudinna Community Club Inc
     Lameroo  Thursday 25th August     Lameroo Sports Club


    Seating is limited and bookings are essential - phone 1800 675 717
     &20 per person payable at the door (for venue and catering costs)
    For more information on the program click here.


    Latest Lamb Industry report from ABARES

    ABARES has just launched it's latest report on the lamb industry - Australian Lamb: financial performance of slaughter lamb producing farms 2008-09 to 2010-11. The report monitors the production and financial performance of slaughter lamb producers and aslo provides some analysis of grain finishing and on-farm capital investments. Average farm cash income for slaughter lamb producers (those farms that sell more than 200 lambs for slaughter) is projected to increase from $ 90,000 in 2009-10 to $133,700 for 2010-11. To download a copy of the report click here.

    2. R & D Update:

    Spring/Summer joining challenge

    The unusually wet summer and tropical conditions through the south eastern states are suspected of having played a major role in the wide-spread reporting of low conception rates by scanning contractors earlier in the year. For a overview of the problem and how producers are managing ewes to optimise lamb survival, click on the link to read Chris Shands article on the spring and summer joining challenge experienced by many sheep producers.

    3. In Brief:


    Wet summer and autumn conditions in the eastern states have given rise to an increase in reported outbreaks of footrot. Footrot is caused by the bacteria D. nodosus and can be present in benign or virulent strains. The clinical expression of the disease is strongly influenced by any treatments given and the environmental conditions at the time. An accurate diagnosis of virulent footrot, along with good treatment advice is essential before embarking on a costly eradication program. Note that regulatory and reporting requirements differ between states. For more information see Making More from Sheep module 11 or click on the following link to the NSW DPI Primefacts on Footrot in Sheep and Goats.

     Fox Control

    Preparation for spring lambing should include consideration of the need for fox control to reduce lamb losses. Tool 5.11 in theMaking More from Sheep manual provides a brief analysis of fox control options. Baiting in July/August coincides with the fox breeding season and as well as having immediate impact will also reduce the number of foxes for next year. Regulations on the use of baits varies between states. Contact your Primary Industries Department for advice.

    4. Coming Events

    Over 6000 sheep producers have now attended events on various Making More From Sheep Modules. The events may be small workshops, large seminars or webinars  (a seminar that you attend on your computer and phone without leaving home). The one thing these events all have in common is that after participating you will be able to implement at least one of the management practices or tools from the Making More From Sheep manual on your property. Examples of coming events include:

    - Rangeland Renewal - 2011 National Bestprac Forum, Hawker, SA, 11 - 12 August
    - it's ewe time! forums - at 9 locations in July and August.

    see the Making More from Sheep events page on the website  for more details.











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