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Beyond the Bale : Jun 07 - Jul 07
Woolgrowers who mules their own sheep are taking steps to become accredited with the National Mulesing Assurance Program (NMAP), with 394 woolgrowers contacting NMAP since January. As well as requesting the free manual, woolgrowers are offering to host training and accreditation sessions. NMAP coordinator Charles de Fegely says he is pleased with the response of woolgrowers requesting manuals, and continues to get overwhelming feedback from the training and accreditation process. "More than 750 contractors and woolgrowers have undertaken the training and accreditation, with all participants commenting that they have come away with an improved technique," he says. Woolgrowers who mules their own sheep need to contact NMAP on 1800 221 076 and ask for the free manual; they can also enquire about hosting a training and Positive producer response to mulesing sessions The benefits of the National Mulesing Assurance Program can be boosted by growers hosting their own training sessions 12 ANIMAL HEALTH BEYOND THE BALE accreditation session on their farm. "You don't have to mules your own sheep to host a workshop," Mr de Fegely says. "There are requirements as to the number and condition of your lambs available, and also the number of people able to fill a workshop, but if you think you might be able to assist with this program, we'd welcome your call to the office. "We only have a small window of opportunity to put together training and accreditation sessions in each of the woolgrowing regions, so we want to coordinate these as far in advance as possible, to give people the best option to complete the training and accreditation at the same time and in a convenient location." St Arnaud woolgrower Bryan Small and his son Tom hosted two workshops at their 2200-hectare property 'Tottington' in Victoria's Wimmera district. "It was a pretty seamless couple of days," Mr Small says. "Kondinin Group gave us the specifications for the lambs and we were able to supply them in good condition on the days required, and we had about 20 people come and do their training and accreditation. "We have contractors come in and help us with Tom, Jenny and Bryan Small in front of the historic Tottington Shed at St Arnaud, Victoria. PHOTO: ANDREW CHAPMAN FROM HIS BOOK THE SHEARERS
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