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Beyond the Bale : April May 2009
April – May 2009 Beyond the Bale kendenup, wa, woolgrower bill Sandilands is a pioneer of measuring production traits and using them as a selection tool. productivity 23 lambs can perform over their lifetime with appropriate nutrition and management,” he says. “the main outcome for us is being able to get ewes back into good condition postweaning so they will conceive the following year. it has made us conscientiously wean lambs at the start of november to give ewes time to recover by mid-february mating.” the results of the lifetime Wool project maximum ewe feed demand with the feed flush in the Kendenup/Mount Barker area. the stocking rate is now 12.5 dSe (dry sheep equivalents) a hectare compared with the 9 to 10 dSe/ha long-term average for the district. they were able to maintain this stocking rate in 2004-05 when the farm received only 350mm of rain. flexible grazing management is used to maintain feed on offer (foo) at 2,000kg of dry matter (dM) a hectare during winter/spring. Bill says the challenge of the lifetime Wool project was to quantify the effect of various rates of grazing pressure applied to different levels of pasture production to allow optimum production. “We’re impressed with the findings on how much better both ewes and their show the enormous potential to increase pasture utilisation and wool production in medium-to-high-rainfall areas, by breeding ewes without penalising lambing and weaning percentages or lifetime performance of the resulting progeny. from the trials on ‘Billandri’ the project was able to develop practical grazing management guidelines for woolgrowers in the region. the recommendations of the lifetime Wool research form the basis of the lifetime ewe Management (lteM) program. More information: www.lifetimewool.com.au Attention: sheep producers Register your requirements for the new anti-flystrike clips this year Leader Products is manufacturing and distributing the proven clip design in 2009. orders need to be placed by: • phone 03 93082355 email firstname.lastname@example.org Just advise the number of lambs to be done and Leader will arrange an approved livestock contractor to directly contact you to organise clip application. budgeting – where stocking rates and feed needs can be accurately matched,” he says. “In turn, the impact of flock productivity and feed budgeting on farm profit can be determined.” The analysis was carried out using the Hamilton Lifetime Wool version of the MIDAS model, developed by Farming Systems Analysis Service, Kojonup, Western Australia. maiden ewes being scanned by ed langron of aus-Scan pty ltd, warren, nSw. Discounts apply on the clips for producers that currently use any Leader Products tags. All details are on the Leader Products web site www.leaderproducts.com.au – robin taylor More information: www.lifetimewool.com.au photo: dAfWA
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