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Beyond the Bale : June 2011
June 2011 BEYOND THE BALE 32 ON-FARM Making sheep more productive FAST FACTS l The popular "It's ewe time!" forums are being held in July and August at nine centres across Australia. l Specialist speakers will cover topics covering animal health, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and market outlooks. l The forums are being run as part of the AWI and MLA funded Making More From Sheep program. Another round of the highly popular "Its ewe time!" forums will be held this year, in response to industry requests for another opportunity to tap into the latest sheep production ideas and tools. All events held in the eastern states in 2010 were brim-full with wool and lamb producers looking to accelerate their production and make the most of the market. The round of 2011 forums will be held in July and August at nine centres across Australia -- including WA, with specialist speakers focusing on "take home and do" topics covering livestock health, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and market outlooks. While the wool market is providing positive returns to producers, there's a strong view that under these circumstances, now is the time to invest in considering what new ideas and tools can work on a farm. The "It's ewe time!" forums -- run as part of the Making More From Sheep program -- highlight the importance of making every ewe count to: lwean 10 per cent more lambs per hectare lachieve 10 per cent more carcase weight; and l cut 10 per cent more wool. AWI CEO Stuart McCullough says the forums will highlight the imperatives and opportunities coming from the latest R&D work. "There is ample research and best practice to apply on farm to help lift profitability, so I urge wool and lamb producers to consider attending a forum to keep in touch and fine tune enterprises for ongoing success," Stuart says. The forums are full day events and will be held at regional centres around Australia (see advert opposite). To book a seat at your closest forum call 1800 675 717. AWI and MLA are supported in the delivery of the forums by the event partners Sheep CRC, Elders, Landmark and Ruralco and the event supporters Sheepmeat Council of Australia and State Primary Industries Agencies. Making More From Sheep is a best- practice package of information, tools and learning opportunities for Australian sheep producers funded by MLA and AWI. The website contains all the content within the Making More From Sheep program including the producer's manual and CD-Rom, and information about learning activities. More information: www.makingmorefromsheep.com.au THE FASCINATING STORY OF WOOL FAST FACTS l The entertaining and educational book The Story of Wool has been recognised as a "Notable Book" in this year's Children's Book Council of Australia's (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards. lThe book covers the whole wool pipeline, from sheep through to wool products in the shops. The importance and relevance of our wool-growing industry to young Australians has been recognised by the announcement that The Story of Wool has been named a "Notable Book" in the Children's Book Council of Australia's (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards. The Story of Wool was acknowledged by the CBCA as an outstanding entry, documenting factual material in an Australia, the Australian Wool Education Trust and Animal Health Australia. More information: To buy a copy of The Story of Wool, contact the Kondinin Group on 1800 677 761 or visit www.kondiningroup.com.au. The book (hardback) costs $24.50 or $17.45 for Kondinin Group members. A Wool Resource Kit to help school teachers undertake classroom activities about wool is also available for $53.90 or $49.50 for Kondinin Group members. imaginative and entertaining style. AWI project manager Claudia Wythes welcomed the news and says that while the book is principally aimed at school children, it will also be of interest to anyone looking for an accurate and comprehensive picture of the modern Australian wool industry. "The 68-page book is packed with fascinating facts, colourful photographs and fun illustrations bringing the wool industry to life for readers of all ages," Claudia says. "It takes readers through the whole wool pipeline, from the sheep themselves and how woolgrowers manage them, through wool harvesting, to how the fibre is made into a wide range of wool products for consumers." The Story of Wool is the latest title in the award-winning Workboot Series, published by the Kondinin Group with support from AWI, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, WoolProducers The Story of Wool is a fun and educational read about the wool produced by Australia's woolgrowers.