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Beyond the Bale : June 2019
AWI TRAINING IMPROVES PRODUCTIVITY! LIFETIME EWE MANAGEMENT COURSE The Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) course, supported by AWI, aims to increase producers’ understanding of the influence of ewe nutrition and management on overall reproduction rates and lamb and ewe survival. Producers develop the skills to manage their ewes to achieve condition score targets and explore the economics of supplementary feeding and pasture management to review stocking rates. Research demonstrates that productivity can be improved substantially and at relatively low cost through adoption of targeted management practices. Take up the opportunity now with these AWI-funded training courses! PICKING PERFORMER EWES WORKSHOP All flocks have ewes that perform better than others, affording woolgrowers the opportunity to make massive improvement through within-flock selection decisions. This one-day workshop is aimed at lifting lifetime performance from commercial self-replacing Merino flocks by recognising and placing importance on the total lifetime productivity potential and value of their Merino ewes (including fleece, meat and surplus stock). WINNING WITH WEANERS WORKSHOP This one-day workshop is aimed at lifting lifetime performance from their Merino ewes through improved management of their weaners. It assists participants in understanding the key issues affecting weaner survival and performance and guides them through developing targets for growth to achieve a minimum weaner survival rate of 95% from weaning to one year of age. The workshops discuss factors that contribute to weaner mortality and illthrift, and provides practical pathways for improving performance from this group of sheep. RAMPING UP REPRO WORKSHOP AWI has teamed up with Zoetis to bring you a hands-on one-day workshop focused on improving ram performance and working longevity in commercial sheep enterprises. The workshop is designed to increase the skill of producers across the key components of ram performance and impacts on overall breeding enterprise performance, including anatomy, physiology, spermatogenesis, metabolic demands, health, disease and biosecurity and the financial impact of the ram team. MORE INFORMATION LTEM: www.wool.com/LTEM For more information, or to set up or join an LTEM group in your local area, call RIST on freecall 1800 883 343 or visit www.rist.edu.au/lifetime-ewe-management Workshops: www.wool.com/workshops The three one-day workshops are run on a demand basis through AWI’s State Grower Networks across Australia. To find out about upcoming workshops in your region, contact your Network listed opposite. 56 ON FARM The presentations from this year’s ‘It’s ewe time!’ forums are now available online and are a great resource for any woolgrower across the country who couldn’t attend this year’s forums. IT’S EWE TIME! PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE NOW One of the sheep industry’s most popular extension and adoption programs, It’s ewe time!, returned in 2019 with a series of forums in Victoria, NSW and South Australia. A forum is also being held in Tasmania at Campbell Town on 12 June – visit www. makingmorefromsheep.com.au/events for details or to register. The presentations from this year’s forums were recorded and are available on the Making More From Sheep website (at www.makingmorefromsheep.com.au/presentations). Each presentation includes the presentation slides along with the audio of the presenter in the one video file, so people can listen to the presenter and follow along with the slides at the same time – receiving a similar experience to actually attending the forum. The presentations showcase practical tools and information to help sheep producers improve productivity and profitability. They are designed to deliver timely and practical tips and tools for on-farm practices and flock management. “Ongoing drought conditions across parts of Australia’s sheep production regions have been challenging for many producers,” said AWI Manager for Woolgrower Education & Capacity Building, Emily King. “The It’s ewe time! presentations aim to help producers tailor their management to seasonal conditions, prepare and plan for the year ahead, and maximise returns for their sheep enterprises by taking advantage of the resilient wool and sheepmeat markets.” Also on the website are the Forum Booklets that include the presenters’ key messages and links to further information. Presentations at this year’s forums include: • Dry times decision making • Maximising ewe performance • Winning with weaners • Making money from measuring • Sheep health is your wealth • Capitalising on positive price cycles. Presentations from previous years are also available. Topics include: • Managing ewes in dry times • Maximising lamb and weaner performance • Your sheep health is your wealth • Effective integration of livestock and cropping • Making sustainable financing choices • Animal welfare market signals and non-mulesed case study. A joint initiative of AWI and MLA, the It’s ewe time! forums are part of the flagship Making More From Sheep program. MORE INFORMATION www.makingmorefromsheep.com.au/presentations