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Beyond the Bale : December 2018
Rams are a considerable investment for a woolgrowers’ 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 developed the hands- on RAMping Up Repro workshop. 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. “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,” she said. AWI’s state network in WA, The Sheep’s Back, held a RAMping Up Repro workshop at Katanning in August, at which veterinarian Dr Michylla Seal of GENSTOCK presented to the attending woolgrowers. Michylla said the workshop was focused on giving producers the skills to adequately assess their rams prior to joining to ensure they perform to their full potential. “The main focus was on the assessment of the reproductive organs, spermatogenesis cycle and management practises of rams. This allows the rams to perform like the elite athletes they need to be during joining,” she said. “The day was split between theory and hands- on demonstration ensuring producers attained a full understanding of carrying out their own examinations/assessments of rams. “The producers attending the workshop really got involved and I was very impressed with their skills in detecting issues in rams’ testicles and the involvement in discussions RAMping Up Repro workshops are 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. Michylla Seal of GENSTOCK presenting to woolgrowers at the RAMping Up Repro workshop at Katanning in August. RAMPING UP REPRO WORKSHOPS stemming from the issues we detected.” Michylla said the producers will have more confidence in using the learned management skills on their properties going forward. “Feedback was really positive. Producers attained a lot of confidence in assessing their rams and feedback I received from the producers indicated they would be putting ‘ram checks’ on their calendar as a routine management practice. “The discussions between everyone attending the day were fantastic with everyone sharing positive and negative experiences in many aspects of ram management. We can all benefit so much from sharing our experiences, whether they are positive or negative.” MORE INFORMATION: For more information on upcoming RAMping Up Repro workshops in your area, contact your AWI State Grower Network (contact details at www.wool.com/networks). ON FARM 65
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