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Beyond the Bale : June 2016
Workshops are carried out in most states to increase producers’ skills and knowledge around lamb survival. Woolgrowers can approach their AWI state network to organise lamb survival workshops – see contacts right. Getting a better understanding of the true causes of lamb deaths is a key step to implementing cost effective management changes to improve lamb survival rates and reduce mortality. The workshops therefore provide an opportunity for producers to observe and carry out lamb post mortems to learn how to determine causes of lamb mortality. Producers attending AWI-funded lamb survival workshops will be provided with a new 64-page manual: the ‘Lambs Alive: A hands-on approach to optimising lamb survival’ decision support tool. The tool provides a simple but effective pictorial step- by-step guide that identifies the key signs to look for in conducting a lamb postmortem. Key management strategies to address the various causes of death are also outlined in the tool. The tool is designed to be used in conjunction with producer workshops and only available to producers who participate in the workshops. The production of the tool was funded by AWI and MLA and the Making More From Sheep program. amount of supplementary feed required and increasing the bottom line profit. “This is an area Australian sheep farmers can possibly learn from New Zealand, UK and Irish farmers who primarily rely on what they grow for all their feed requirements, as supplement is not as readily and cheaply available as here in Australia. “High levels of ‘waste’ are prevalent in Australia. While this can be partly explained by having a variable climate which affects stocking rates, waste occurs in: the excess body condition carried by some sheep, letting pasture levels grow beyond the highest feed quality before sheep graze it, or overgrazing and not allowing an adequate time for pastures to recover.” OTHER FACTORS Tim says providing adequate shelter in paddocks is a basic step that can be implemented to markedly lift lamb survival. Shelter is particularly useful in reducing the wind-chill factor, which combined with wet conditions, can cause large losses in new born lambs. He says woolgrowers should also be watchful of diseases affecting pregnant ewes, such as Campylobacter which is a leading cause of sheep abortion, pregnancy toxemia, and footrot which causes stress on pregnant and lactating ewes. MORE INFORMATION Tim’s report will soon be available via www.wool.com/nuffield ON FARM 31 AWI invites people from the wool industry across Australia to apply for the 2017 AWI Nuffield Wool Scholarship. Applications close on 30 June 2016. The scholarship, worth $30,000, will enable the successful recipient to travel overseas and study an agricultural topic of his/her choice. The scholarship is a unique opportunity to study a particular subject of interest, and increase practical knowledge and management skills and techniques in the Australian wool industry. MORE INFORMATION For more information about previous recipients of the AWI Nuffield Wool Scholarship, visit www.wool.com/nuffield. To apply for the scholarship, or to access Nuffield students’ reports, visit www.nuffield.com.au APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 CLOSE SOON LAMB SURVIVAL OPTIMISING Lamb survival workshops aim to increase producers’ knowledge about the causes of lamb deaths and how to maximise lamb survival. AWI STATE NETWORK COORDINATOR PHONE EMAIL Sheep Connect NSW Shelly Anderson 02 6391 3954 email@example.com BESTWOOL/ BESTLAMB (Vic) Lyndon Kubeil 03 5761 1649 firstname.lastname@example.org Sheep Connect SA Ian McFarland 08 8226 0428 email@example.com The Sheep's Back (WA) Andrew Ritchie 08 9736 1055 firstname.lastname@example.org Leading Sheep (Qld) Nicole Sallur 07 4654 4220 email@example.com Sheep Connect TAS James Tyson 0409 006 774 firstname.lastname@example.org Pastoral Profit (national) Pene Keynes 08 8841 4500 email@example.com AWI state networks provide opportunities for producers to get involved in AWI STATE NETWORKS educational and practical programs that focus on making positive changes to production and management practices. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED, CONTACT THE COORDINATOR IN YOUR STATE
In the Shops - September 2016