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Beyond the Bale : June 2017
LOT SIZES Amongst the questions in the Q&A section of the webinar, was a question regarding how lot sizes affect price. “The key thing here is to deliver wool in a lot that exporters can use when trying to meet their averages for consignment specifications,” Andrew replied. “So when packaging up a lot, you’ve got to think about how the exporter is going to be using it. Is he going to be using it as a base type to build his consignment and put other wools with it, or is he going to have to seek out a spot for the wool? If it’s a base type, you can have a larger size, but if it’s an ‘awkward’ type wool, you’ll want it in a smaller sized lot.” MORE INFORMATION A recording of the webinar is available at www.makingmorefromsheep.com.au/ webinars For further information on discounts and premiums, Andrew recommends woolgrowers refer to the AWEX weekly regional premium and discount reports, or speak to their broker. Andrew also recommends the ‘The Economic Value of Wool Attributes’ report prepared for AWI by the University of Sydney, which is available on the AWI website at www.wool.com/publications. Other webinars in the MMFS Summer Webinar Series, and their guest speakers, included: • Wool business benchmarks update (Dr David Brown, Holmes Sackett) • Joining management of sheep (Associate Professor Bruce Allworth, Charles Sturt University) • Joining Merino ewe lambs - the biology (James Whale, Meridian Agriculture) • Pre-joining ram inspections (Dr Matt Playford, Dawbuts) • Simplifying ram selection through the use of emerging sheep genetics technologies (Lu Hogan, Sheep CRC) • Reproductive problems in sheep - diseases and trace elements (Associate Professor Bruce Allworth, Charles Sturt University) • Lice management (Dr Peter James, University of Queensland) • Summer worm management (Dr Rob Woodgate, Charles Sturt University) • Prioritising pasture expenditure (Phil Graham, NSW DPI). Recordings of the webinars are available to view via www.makingmorefromsheep.com.au/webinars The MMFS program provides woolgrowers and sheepmeat producers with a best practice package of information and management tools, supported by a range of events and workshops. MMFS is a joint initiative of AWI and MLA – see page 51. MAKING MORE FROM SHEEP SUMMER WEBINAR SERIES AWI invites people from the wool industry across Australia to apply for the 2018 AWI Nuffield Wool Scholarship. Applications close on 16 June 2017. The scholarship, worth $30,000, will enable the successful recipient to travel overseas and study an agricultural topic of their 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. To apply for the scholarship, or to access Nuffield students’ reports, visit www.nuffield.com.au For more information about previous recipients of the AWI Nuffield Wool Scholarship, visit www.wool.com/nuffield. APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 NUFFIELD SCHOLARSHIPS CLOSE VERY SOON DrenchMaster CrutchMaster Anti-Backer Sheep-handling just got easier! Effective, efficient and safe solutions for all your drenching, crutching and handling needs. 1-800-750-584 For more info go to www.perkinz.com.au Ne w 2017 Model ON FARM 53