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Beyond the Bale : September 2015
34 ON FARM WOOL INDUSTRY SUPPORTS BETTER LAMBING AND BETTER WELFARE OF BREEDING EWES LIFETIME EWE MANAGEMENT • AWI is funding another round of Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) training across Australia. • The LTEM course enables woolgrowers to better understand ewe nutrition and to develop a successful and productive animal production system. • The program is an example of the wool industry supporting better lambing and the better welfare of breeding ewes. AWI has recently signed a contract with the Victorian based training organisation Rural Industries Skill Training (RIST) to provide funding for another round of Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) training. The funding will enable another 120 groups of Merino producers to undertake the 12 month training course. Totalling $756,000, the AWI funding covers 60 per cent of the $2100 that the course costs for each of the 600 woolgrowers who are expected to participate. RIST has already identified almost 500 woolgrowers (100 groups), so woolgrowers who want to participate in this training need to contact RIST ASAP. The LTEM course is aimed at wool and sheep producers who want to improve the management of their breeding ewes to improve ewe and lamb survival, and reproductive performance. The LTEM course is run in groups of four to six woolgrowers (an average of five per group) who meet six times each year with the facilitation of a trainer. The course is very hands-on, being entirely based in the sheep yards, shearing sheds and paddocks of the participating woolgrowers. Most groups visit the property of each group member for the meeting, so the days are long, full and very satisfying. The course runs over a complete reproductive cycle for the sheep of the participating woolgrowers. Usually this is around 12 months, but can extend out to 14 months depending on the lambing times of group members and any management changes they make as a result of the course. Participating woolgrowers will also be introduced to the LTEM App which is a smartphone-based decision support tool which makes handling the "numbers" in the paddock and yards so much easier. This AWI-developed App is free and has been downloaded more than 1000 times since its launch a year ago. If the achievements of past LTEM course participants are anything to go by, this investment by AWI will produce an extra 200,000 healthy lambs and reduce the mortality of breeding ewes by 25,000 by the end of 2017. 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. In the 2014/15 financial year, 100 groups (500 producers) completed (or have started with only the final sessions to complete) LTEM training, resulting in: • 11% increase in the number of lambs weaned • 36% reduction in ewe mortality • 23% increase in stocking rate. MORE INFORMATION Darren Gordon (RIST) 0408 114 656 or dgordon rist.com.au Ian Evans (AWI) 0427 773 005 or ian.evans wool.com www.wool.com/LTEM Members of the Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) group at Frankland in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia developing their condition scoring skills, with some members using the LTEM smartphone App developed by AWI. The Frankland LTEM group learning how to use objectively measured Feed On Offer assessments.