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Beyond the Bale : June August 2009
12 rEDucING cOSTS tom small, one of five woolgrowers featured in AWi’s Pick of the Draft dVd, which shows the money that can be saved through simple improvements in sheep management and shearing practices. tom is pictured inside his property’s heritage-listed woolshed, built in the 1840s and still in operation. June – August 2009 Beyond the Bale share their best shed profit tips Woolgrowers PHOTO: BrAD cOLLIS A new, free DVD that analyses the wool-handling practices of five woolgrowers offers valuable insights into where money can be made and saved woolgrowers save money by making small changes in their clip preparation. The five are featuring in a new, free DVD, Pick of the Draft, produced by AWI and the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX). The DVD puts dollar values on changes in sheep management and shearing practices and estimates the money that can be saved through simple improvements. The program is more than just a training F program, according to DVD presenter Scott McGregor. “It’s great entertainment as well as showing how simple steps can make a big difference in profitability,” he says. The DVD presents a computer-based financial model developed by AWEX to show how much cutting corners with your wool clip is really costing. Throughout the DVD, senior market analyst for AWEX Lionel Plunkett applies this model to each of the featured woolgrowers’ real-life examples. The model is based on an average woolgrower running a flock of 3000 ive woolgrowers are sharing their shearing and shed practices to help Merinos, cutting 4.5 kilograms a head of 19 micron greasy wool. The total clip is 13,500kg. no brAnds in brAnd neW shed NSW grower Bob McFarland runs 5000 Merinos on ‘Oxley Station’, near Hay, NSW. In Pick of the Draft, Bob talks about the importance of providing good facilities for his wool classer, shearing contractor, staff and, importantly, for his sheep while in the shed and yards. When a wild storm destroyed his historic shearing shed a few years ago, Bob had the chance to make the new facilities top class. “I like to treat people the way I’d want to be treated myself,” Bob says. “I want them ringing up wanting to come and shear my sheep. If I give them good facilities, they will give me good results.” The DVD also shows how much a grower like Bob is saving by doing away with sheep brands. Brands on wool incur a discount of about 10 cents a kilogram, adding up to a loss of $1350 for the AWEX sample flock. Bob is avoiding discounts of about $2750 on his flock by using National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) ear tags for sheep identification instead of brands. “With the NLIS we all have to ear tag our sheep anyway,” Bob says. “I use micron disks that fit over the top of the NLIS tag, with different colours representing the different reasons for tagging. There’s no contamination of the wool.” AdditionAl meAsurement helps mAximise profit Grant Borchardt runs a flock of 2000 Dohnes on his property ‘The Deep’ at Tara, Queensland. He makes sure he shows his shed staff they are valued by providing good facilities – including a recent upgrade from a long drop toilet to a Portaloo. Portaloos aside, Grant also demonstrates one of the key messages from the DVD – that additional measurement is an important way for woolgrowers to maximise profits.
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