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Beyond the Bale : December 2014
ON FARM 45 FOSTER TALENT YOUNG JUDGES CHAMPIONSHIPS After much discussion, testing, feedback and refinement, the popular Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) course now has an iPhone app. The development means users can now carry with them millions of dollars of research and extension in their pocket and make day-to-day decisions to optimize flock management. LTEM assists sheep producers proactively manage the nutrition of their ewe flock through the reproduction cycle. Essential skills to utilize this app include condition scoring of animals and accurate Feed On Offer (FOO) assessments. The LTEM app was created in-house at AWI with assistance from Rural Industries Skill Training (RIST) and various testers across Australia who gave valuable feedback. Offered free through the Apple App store, the LTEM app is a digital extension of the LTEM course which educates producers on the best management practices for ewe management. The LTEM app is not a substitute but an addition to the LTEM course offered by RIST and funded through AWI. AWI has been the principal funder of LTEM and the Lifetime Wool research project it evolved from, contributing more than $10 million over the past 12 years. The course is delivered through RIST via facilitators across all major sheep producing regions of Australia and has now involved more than 2000 sheep producers managing more than 20 per cent of the nation’s ewe flock or eight million ewes. The average LTEM participant manages more than 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. Having created the iPhone version of the app, an android version of the app will now be written and be offered for free. MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/LTEM AWI has developed and launched a free Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) app for the iPhone AWI supports the National Merino Fleece and Merino Sheep Young Judges Championships to help bring through the next generation of young judges and Merino breeders. The Lifetime Ewe Management app for iPhone is now available free from the Apple App store. NOW AVAILABLE LTEM APP nutrition. I’m really looking forward to learning more on the course to help my own career in the wool industry.” The other state champions who competed were Anna Cotton of Swansea, Tasmania; Lauralee Terlich of Pleasant Hills, NSW; Roxanne Mostert of Redmond, WA; with the New Zealand competitor Alice Satterthwaite from Blenheim. COUNTRY SHOW SOCIETIES The Young Judges Championships are coordinated and overseen by the Federal Council of Agricultural Societies (FCAS) which comprises the state/territory organisations that govern more than 600 country show societies across Australia. In recent years the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand has joined FCAS as an Associate Member, allowing New Zealand competitors to participate in and increase the calibre of the Young Judges Championships. The National President of the Federal Council of Agricultural Societies, Bill Trend, said this year’s events were very successful. “It is very exciting to have these young people coming through the industry and we thank AWI for its contribution to make these events possible and fostering these judges of tomorrow,” he said. “The young women and men in these two finals have played important roles in their own communities and shown great passion for wool. Their leadership qualities are helping to keep the spirit of country shows alive.” AWI will be supporting next year’s finals of the National Merino Sheep Young Judges Championship and the National Merino Fleece Young Judges Championship which will be held at the 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show. The competitors in the National Merino Sheep Young Judges Championship. Front: Robert Glen (Vic, 3rd), Felicity Brumpton (Qld, 1st), Alistair Keller (SA, 2nd). Back: Roxanne Mostert (WA), Alice Satterthwaite (NZ), Anna Cotton (Tas), Lauralee Terlich (NSW). PHOTO: Danni Church