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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
ON FARM 33 *Elanco®, Extinosad® and the diagonal colour bar are trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company. EAH13438A4 UNIQUE KNOCKDOWN CHEMISTRY OFF-SHEARS, UNSHORN LAMBS & LONG WOOL SHEEP NIL WOOL WHP & MINIMAL ESI WATER-BASED FORMULATION Extinosad® Pour-On delivers four important benefits for Australian sheep and wool producers. Its unique knockdown chemistry is ideal for rotation programs. It can be used off-shears, on unshorn lambs and long wool sheep. It has no wool withholding period and minimal ESI. And best of all, it’s a convenient water-based formulation. For more information about why Extinosad Pour-On is the dead fast, dead easy way to control sheep lice, contact your local rural store, call Elanco Animal Health on 1800 226 324 or visit extinosad.com.au DEAD FAST. DEAD EASY. 20132_EAH13438A4_Extinosad_A4_PrintReady.indd 1 29/07/13 8:31 AM Having influenced more than 20 per cent of the national flock through 2000 sheep producers, the Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) course now has a smartphone application (App) currently being paddock trialled by 60 woolgrowers. The App has been developed in-house at AWI and is a natural development for those who have completed or are in the process of completing the LTEM course. The 12-day course takes two-years to complete and involves small groups of farmers learning from each other. Producers learn to best match the energy requirements of animals with pasture production and supplementary feeding to maximise animal welfare and production. Having evolved from the course notes, the LTEM App incorporates all the key estimations and calculations of feed on offer, condition scoring, feed budgeting and supplementary feeding calculations. One of the new features placed within the App is the ability to find the most cost effective supplementary feed based on set energy requirements. This feature as well as the overall usability of the App is being tested and feedback from this will be incorporated before a final release later this year when it will be available free of charge. AWI Research General Manager Paul Swan said AWI was a proud developer and supporter of the LTEM program from its inception. AWI was a principal funder of the Lifetime Wool research project from which LTEM evolved and has contributed more than $10 million over the past 12 years to the overall initiative. “It is a great example of where investment in initial research, its further development and an effective extension model has paid off handsomely for the woolgrowers we work for and it will continue to generate benefits for many years to come,” Dr Swan said. On-going evaluation of group members continues to show significant benefits to participants through improving net reproduction rate. The average LTEM participant manages just over 3500 ewes and has increased whole farm lamb marking by 10 per cent, reduced ewe mortality by 33 per cent and increased stocking rate by 12 per cent, thereby increasing number of lambs marked per hectare by 23 per cent. Demand for LTEM training increased during the 2013/14 financial year from a strong base, with 85 AWI-funded groups completing the training, and 137 new groups established across all states. In total AWI has assisted more than 250 groups complete the training, with an average of five enterprises represented per group. In July, AWI announced further funding of the popular LTEM course with an additional investment of $800,000 for the expansion of the course to 2017. Alex Coole, woolgrower from Frankland, WA said she had significantly benefitted from the LTEM course. “The knowledge I have gained by being involved in the LTEM course has not only improved my practical skills and assessments, but has given me a much better understanding of feed budgeting and the importance of sheep energy requirements. This knowledge along with the interaction between like-minded farmers has been a worthwhile investment of my time.” Pooginook property manager John Sutherland from Jerilderie, NSW said all his staff had significantly benefitted from the LTEM course. “It’s been a great extention of practical knowledge using everyday hands-on skills. The methodology works very well and has helped us make good strategic directions in both tough and very good seasons. We have all thoroughly enjoyed the course and the results and profitability that flow from it speak for themselves.” LIFETIME EWE MANAGEMENT Alex Coole from Frankland, WA, is one of hundreds of woolgrowers who has been involved in the Lifetime Ewe Management course. The course is helping woolgrowers develop the practical skills to improve animal nutrition, lambing percentages and weaning rates. • AWI has developed an LTEM smartphone App that contains all the main features from the course – the App is currently undergoing final field trails. • AWI is funding an additional investment for the expansion of the LTEM course to 2017. Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) training provides hands-on on-farm training for small groups of producers (average five) in the management and nutrition of breeding ewes to maximise reproduction efficiency. MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/LTEM LTEM is delivered through Rural Industries Skill Training (RIST) via facilitators across all major sheep producing regions of Australia. To set up an LTEM group in your local area or to join a group in your area, call RIST on (03) 5573 0943 or visit www.rist.com.au