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Beyond the Bale : September 2017
CALL 1800 65 77 66 OR VISIT WWW.CLIPEX.COM.AU THE sheep handler can you afford not to have one? Reduce labour cost, stress and fatigue ONE mobile and compact machine with 6+ operations Accurate weighing increases selling options and margins After sale service and support by experienced and dedicated staff Safe and efficient way to manage and reduce stress on your flock Luke said the LTEM program is only as good as the effort you put in. “If you are keen to learn from case studies and try different things or throw different ideas around, you can learn a heap. “For instance, we had a tight situation a few years back and had to sell some mobs of sheep, and so we are having trouble building flock numbers as we don’t have a line of three, four and five-year olds. But through the group, I got advice and we mouthed the older ewes and gave them extra care and attention and got the highest percentage of lambs out of the eight-year old ewes.” Luke says they shear the flock mid-January. “We like it because we don’t have trouble with flystrike as the ewes have either got a short back end from crutching or from shearing, but also I find that the ewes only have three months wool on them during lambing so they hopefully look after their lambs a bit better because they themselves feel the cold.” OPTIMISM FOR THE FUTURE Luke is enthusiastic about the future of his business, saying there is plenty of positives in farming and money to be made. He said that while it is sometimes tough as a farmer being at the mercy of the weather, the sheep and wool are a very profitable part of his business and not just a risk management strategy. “Merinos at the moment are obviously very profitable with the price of wool being where it is, and the price of meat has been growing during the past ten years too. I do think the wool price is strong and from everything I have been told, it at worst should at least be stable for a few years hopefully.” LTEM was developed using research outcomes of the AWI-funded Lifetime Wool project (lifetimewool.com.au), 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, for which AWI works, and it will continue to generate benefits for many years to come. There were more than 600 new AWI- funded enrolments in LTEM last financial year (exceeding the AWI target of 500 new participants). MORE INFORMATION For more information, or to set up an LTEM group in your local area or to join a group in your area, call RIST on freecall 1800 883 343 or visit www.rist.com.au Mark Scott, AWI Project Officer, email@example.com Dr Kirsty Kennedy, RIST National Lifetime Ewe Management Leader, firstname.lastname@example.org Luke inspecting available feed in one of his paddocks. ON FARM 43
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