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Beyond the Bale : December 2016
Sheep producers in Queensland have attended ‘Sheep Handling Made Easy’ workshops to get ideas on ways to improve on-farm infrastructure and management practices within their sheep businesses. Run by the AWI state network Leading Sheep, the events aimed to increase sheep producers’ knowledge and understanding of how to reduce labour and lift profits. Six events were held – at Longreach, Augathella, Bollon, Muttaburra, Surat and Clifton – with 233 participants, including 108 businesses, 62 females and 41 people less than 40 years of age. There was a range of sheep handling equipment on display and working demonstrations were a feature. Products featured included the Clipex Sheep Handler, Prattley 3-Way Auto Drafter, Peak Hill Immobiliser, Rod Holland stock lift, Arrow Farmquip V-Express Sheep Handler and Arrow Farmquip Sheep and Goat handler. The workshops were a great opportunity for producers to see how the equipment works and how it can make sheep handling/drafting easier, ask questions of producers who are currently using them, and get further details and costs from the company representatives. Producers leant how this equipment can be integrated into their sheep business, and can help with such practices as drenching, drafting, vaccinating and crutching. An evaluation of attendees found that the days were rated 8.5 out of 10 for satisfaction and 100% of attendees would recommend it to others. Ninety-six per cent said that they learnt something new and 73% indicated an intention to make a change on their property, with 35% very likely to make this change. Participants at these events represented 880,000 hectares of land, 316,000 sheep and 31,000 cattle. Some of the feedback from the day included: • “I am a young producer looking at establishing my own grazing business so am very interested in new technology and ideas that may help my future business.” • “Thanks for allowing time for us to chat to other producers knowledge sharing.” • “It was great to see some machines working sheep.” • “It was very well organised, very informative and had a great range of representatives and displays.” AWI’s producer network in Queensland, Leading Sheep, has undertaken workshops to promote the latest sheep handling innovations, to help producers take advantage of labour saving opportunities and increase profits within their sheep business. SHEEP HANDLING SUCCESS AWI GROWER NETWORK COORDINATOR PHONE EMAIL Pastoral Profit (national) Pene Keynes 08 8841 4500 firstname.lastname@example.org Sheep Connect NSW Megan Rogers 0427 459 891 email@example.com BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB (Vic) Lyndon Kubeil 03 5761 1649 firstname.lastname@example.org Sheep Connect SA Ian McFarland 0437 659 353 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 Tasmania James Tyson 0409 006 774 firstname.lastname@example.org TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED, CONTACT THE COORDINATOR IN YOUR STATE: AWI STATE NETWORKS AWI state networks provide opportunities for producers to get involved in educational and practical programs that focus on making positive changes to production and management practices. The networks are fundamental to the spread of new ideas, continuing education and the adoption of best practice. Networks are present in each wool growing state and all woolgrowers are encouraged to get involved. A demonstration of the Clipex Sheep Handler at Bollon. It’s the best piece of handling equipment I have ever brought. Neil Gardyne Wish I had found your crutching system 10 years ago. William Hurn easy handling easy crutching Simple & affordable sheep-handler Simple & fast sheep-crutcher Call Now 1-800-750-584 www.perkinz.com.au Testimonials It’s just so much faster and easier. Alex Direen Check out videos on our website ON FARM 31
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