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Beyond the Bale : March 2018
Rams are a considerable investment for a woolgrower’s business, with the rams’ performance impacted by management and preparation for joining. To help ensure that woolgrowers get the most from their rams, AWI in partnership with Zoetis Australia has developed a new hands- on workshop called RAMping Up Repro. The half-day workshop is being rolled out across the country, in conjunction with leading deliverers, via AWI’s state networks. AWI Manager, Woolgrower Education & Capacity Building, Emily King, said the RAMping Up Repro workshop is designed to give producers the skills across the key components of what drives ram performance, to help improve the profitability of woolgrowers’ enterprises. “RAMping Up Repro covers the importance of ram health, pre-joining management, sound purchasing decisions and how best practice ram management impacts on reproductive health,” she said. “The workshop provides a hands-on guide to making ram examination practical and achievable and helps woolgrowers manage their ram teams through joining with confidence.” RAMping Up Repro workshops were piloted early last year by leading sheep veterinarian Dr Matt Playford in southern NSW and by Dr Paul Nilon in Tasmania. After good feedback from the producers who attended, AWI decided to roll them out across Australia. “We held six pilot workshops last year and the response was very good, especially because it’s hands-on, which builds producers’ confidence in managing their rams more effectively before and during joining,” Emily said. A series of RAMping Up Repro train-the- trainer events aimed at sheep veterinarians was subsequently held across the country in August at Bendigo, Dubbo, Hamilton, Murray Bridge, Clare, Kojonup and Albury, equipping about 80 veterinarians and providers to run the extension workshops. AWI’s state network in NSW, Sheep Connect NSW, has begun rolling out RAMping Up Repro workshops for woolgrowers in the state. Sheep Connect NSW coordinator Megan Rogers says RAMping up Repro is a very practical workshop to assist with best practice ram preparation on commercial properties. “As we all know, rams have an important function, and they require careful management and preparation that starts a few months out from the start of joining. The workshop focuses on timing of preparation of rams, as well as the practical aspects of preparing rams for joining,” she said. “Topics covered include nutrition and condition, animal health and management, checking the 4Ts (teeth, toes, tackle and testicles), managing shearing, assessing for structural soundness, and all things in between. “The beauty of this workshop is that all participants are able to participate in the practical sessions, meaning that they are more confident in using this management on their own properties with their own sheep. We know that hands-on learning is very valuable in this context, and these events are an excellent example of using a practice setting to improve the skills and confidence of the attendees. “The events run for a good half day, are held on-farm and are run by deliverers who are local and experienced.” The RAMping Up Repro workshops complement AWI’s popular Lifetime Ewe Management course which helps woolgrowers manage the nutrition of their breeding ewes and maximise reproduction efficiency (see previous page). MORE INFORMATION For more information on upcoming RAMping Up Repro workshops in your area, contact your AWI state network coordinator (see opposite). RAMPING UP REPRO WORKSHOP A new hands-on workshop is being rolled out across the country to give sheep and wool producers the skills to improve ram health, performance and longevity in their sheep breeding enterprises. Left: Veterinarian Dr Matt Playford demonstrating ram testicular palpation at a RAMping Up Repro workshop. Right: Checking teeth as part of the 4Ts assessment (teeth, toes, tackle and testicles). 38 ON FARM
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