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Beyond the Bale : December 2018
MANAGING SHEEP IN DROUGHTLOTS A best-practice guide that highlights the purpose, benefits and experiences of woolgrowers managing sheep in confined areas during drought. STOCK WATER – A LIMITED RESOURCE A fact sheet that helps calculate stock water budgets, especially when droughtlotting sheep. LIFETIME WOOL FEED BUDGET TABLES Feed budgeting for ewe flocks in the dry season. FEEDING AND MANAGING SHEEP IN DRY TIMES This publication provides producers with practical guidelines and examples on feeding and managing sheep during dry seasons and drought years. While it focuses on dry times and confinement feeding systems, it also has useful information on getting through the normal summer/autumn feed gap period. MANAGING FODDER PRICES FOR DROUGHTS A guide to strategies that help manage fodder prices and supply risks during droughts. WHICH SHEEP DO I KEEP? A guide to help determine whether to sell or supplementary-feed all, some or none of the flock. DROUGHT FEEDING AND MANAGEMENT OF SHEEP This booklet is a practical guide on sheep feeding and management during a drought to help producers break down into manageable steps the daunting planning phase, and see the plan realised as a successful way of combating the drought. PLANNING FOR PROFIT A practical guide offering a series of step-by-step, cost-effective breeding and pasture management options for producers to consider post drought. All these publications are available at www.wool.com/droughtresources. Farmers are a resourceful bunch. They have to be, especially during drought. AWI has seen and heard of simple, innovative and often cheap ways that woolgrowers have been tackling some of the challenges of drought. Here are a few tricks that have been seen being used regarding feeding and watering stock. If you have been using or seen a new or interesting way to tackle some of the challenges of the drought that you think other woolgrowers might benefit from, then let AWI know. It might be simple tip, or a product that you’ve produced – we’re interested in all your input. Please send in your tips, and any (high resolution) photos, via email to email@example.com. Include your name, property name, address and phone number in your email. Also include a brief description of what each photo depicts. AWI will then compile the tips to distribute them via its Wool.com website, e -newsletters, Beyond the Bale or via Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you. MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/drought AWI DROUGHT RESOURCES Have you got any tips and tricks that you’ve been using during the drought that you’d like to share to help your fellow woolgrowers? If so, please let us know what it is (ideally with a photo) and AWI will share it on. For woolgrowers going into, enduring or recovering from drought, AWI provides a range of drought planning and management resources, plus links to useful external resources. View a list of some of the available resources here or visit www.wool.com/ droughtresources for further information. WOOLGROWER INNOVATIONS DURING DROUGHT DROUGHT RESOURCES FOR WOOLGROWERS FEED TROUGHS USING REPURPOSED MATERIALS In confinement areas, feed troughs are necessary to control the amount of feed animals consume, and to prevent feed wastage and animal health problems. However, troughs need not be expensive and can be designed relatively easily with materials on-hand. Examples of materials we’ve heard being used include repurposed conveyor belt matting, tarpaulin and shade cloth (pictured). POLY WATER TROUGH Pictured here, a 150mm poly water trough in a containment area is very effective and cheap to make. The size of water trough is not as important as replenishment rate of trough. An 8 foot trough can water 800 sheep if the replenishment rate is very good. Small troughs with good replenishment rates do not get as hot and take less time to clean. REMOTE CONTROL HAY TRAILER Daniel Rogers from Ward Hill on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula posted on Twitter (@dan_rogers96) a video of a hay trailer that he made which pushes a portion of hay off the back of the trailer, via remote control. It saves the driver having to get out of the ute to distribute the hay and therefore makes feeding the sheep easier for the farmer. ON FARM 43
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