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Beyond the Bale : September 2016
To date more than 2,400 sheep producers across Australia, representing about a quarter of the national ewe flock have participated in LTEM, since the program began in 2008. The latest funding is to expand the program to a further 1,408 sheep producers over the next three years, with particular focus on Merino specialists. LTEM improves sheep producers’ understanding of the influence ewe nutrition and management has on the performance of both the ewe and her progeny. LTEM is based on groups of 5 to 7 producers that meet 6 times per year with a trained facilitator. During these hands-on sessions, the group visits each participating farm and learns skills in condition scoring, pasture assessment and best practice ewe and lamb management to increase reproduction efficiency and wool production, mainly through reducing ewe and lamb mortality. LTEM participants typically record a lift in weaning rates of 7-8 per cent and a significant reduction in ewe mortality. Managed by Rural Industries Skill Training (RIST), LTEM is structured to maximise the retention of knowledge, development of skills and practice change. General Manager Research at AWI, Dr Paul Swan, said the LTEM Program is a key foundation to achieve AWI’s strategic intent to lift the reproduction rate of the national flock and in particular Merino ewes. “In addition to our commitment to providing wool levy payers with ongoing access to the LTEM course, we are also piloting a range of new initiatives such as the mob-size lambing project, the Merinos-to-Market and Lambs-Alive workshops, which build on and complement the LTEM foundations.” The LTEM program was developed using the research outcomes of the AWI-funded Lifetime Wool project, which ran from 2001 to 2008, and involved growers and researchers in WA, Vic, NSW, and SA. “LTEM 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. “Since the LTEM started in 2008, AWI has covered 70-75 per cent of the costs of all LTEM training sessions, as part of the $59 million we have invested in in the health, welfare and productivity of Australia’s wool sheep.” RIST CEO Bill Hamill welcomed the new assistance. “I commend AWI for their confidence and continued financial investment in the LTEM Program which continues to have a significant positive impact on the productivity and profitability for the woolgrower participants in this program. LTEM is one of the most successful training programs to have been delivered in the wool industry and AWI’s ongoing support is demonstration of the positive future for the wool industry in Australia.” LIFETIME EWE MANAGEMENT The popular Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) program is being further expanded with a new 3-year round of investment support from AWI. See TRIGUARD product label for full claims and directions for use. 1. Merial data on file. *AVCARE data MAT March 2016. Merial Australia Pty Ltd, Building D, 12-24 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park,NSW 2113.ABN 53 071 187 285.TRIGUARD® is a registered trademark of Merial Limited. ©2016 Merial Limited.All rights reserved.TRIG.15.06 .0143C.BTB.QP.WA When it comes to sustainable parasite control, faecal worm egg count reduction is a key test to determining drench efficacy. The combination of three broad-spectrum actives in TRIGUARD delivers effective worm control for sheep, with an average efficacy of 99.7% across properties tested. 1 AUSTRALIA’S NO.1 SELLING COMBINATION SHEEP DRENCH* FOR HEALTHY NO.2S. A Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) group developing their condition scoring skills. MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/LTEM 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 PROGRAM EXPANDED ON FARM 31
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