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Beyond the Bale : Dec - Jan 08
Bodies collaborate on drought tools the sheep on a half-ration of canola silage and grain. Once the drought breaks, they are considering ramping-up their cropping program and trading cattle to generate cash and take advantage of low sheep- stocking rates on the property. "We want to get back to 5000 ewes in two years' time," Kirsty says. "We have to do something to keep our cost of production down. We have taken opportunities to trade steers before, and that just gives you a bit of a buffer too, I think, if the wheels do fall off. "Before the drought we set a target of making seven per cent (net return) and we will see how we go. Because we have got things that aren't right, we still have room to move and we won't have to rely on wool prices to do that. We have still got production things we need to work on." Part of that process is spending time in the office planning. Kirsty and Jim hold a farm meeting every week and note key tasks on a whiteboard to stay focused. "You just keep learning, I think, and trying not to go backwards," she says. "What we do now versus what we did five or 10 years ago has changed immensely. If we look back we would be amazed at what we have achieved." ú More information: For information and publications on managing the drought, contact the AWI Helpline, 1800 070 099, or access AWI's Stock Wise drought resources at www.wool.com.au/drought As drought continues to affect the productivity and profitability of the Australian sheep and wool industry, AWI has joined forces with Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) to help producers manage their way through this difficult period.Three factors have combined to make this year particularly difficult: extreme feed costs, low cash reserves and an Australian dollar that has hit a 23-year high and lowered producer returns.To help producers prepare, plan and take appropriate management action, AWI and MLA have launched an initiative called Stock Wise. Stock Wise pulls together the resources and expertise of respected industry experts, online tools and information, and interactive workshops to help producers make smart decisions about their businesses. By referring to the Stock Wise information online at www.wool.com.au/drought www.mla.com.au/drought producers can access latest and most relevant information available. e pages also act as reference points, guiding oducers to other resources. Announcing the tiative, AWI chairman Ian McLachlan reiterated at Australia was the world's dominant apparel- ool-producing nation, largely due to the on- rm developments woolgrowers have made. "AWI is here to support woolgrowers by roviding the right tools and information to elp them make the best business decision, and making sure they are in the best possible position in the future," Mr McLachlan said. Stock Wise will give wool and sheepmeat producers access to a range of resources through the AWI and MLA websites, including: ú computer tools -- Stockplan® for feeding and destocking options, the Rainfall to Pasture growth outlook tool, and the Feed Demand Calculator; údownloadable fact sheets and publications -- such as Feeding and managing sheep in dry times, Looking after drought pastures, Managing fodder prices for droughts, and Which sheep do I keep?; úpractical and best-practice guides -- Managing sheep in droughtlots, Lifetimewool Feed Budget Tables and Planning for Profit. Stock Wise takes a collaborative, whole-of-industry approach, with AWI and MLA working closely with the state departments of agriculture and leading agricultural consultants to complement the invaluable information and support that is available through these channels. Details of these services and workshop detaisl are available on the AWI website, or for a brochure call 1800 070 099. SMART DECISIONS FOR SHEEP AND WOOL PRODUCERS NSW A JOINT INITIATIVE OF: *Against Clostridial challenge. †Dependent on level of cobalt deficiency. References: 1. Paton MW, Rose IR and Watt GF. Prevalence of caseous lymphadenitis and usage of caseous lymphadenitis vaccine in sheep flocks. AVJ 2003, Vol 81:1&2 pp91-95. 2. Judson GJ, Caple IW, Langlands JP, & Peter DW. Mineral nutrition of grazing animals in southern Australia. In Temperate pastures -- their production, Utilisation and Management. AWC/CSIRO East Melbourne 1987. For more information about protecting the health of your ewes and lambs talk to your Pfizer Professional Sales Representative. Freecall: 1800 335 374 Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd, 38-42 Wharf Road, West Ryde NSW 2114. ®Registered trademark of Pfizer Australia. OGILVY HEALTHWORLD PAGL0011BTB Provides convenience of one injection for vaccination and supplementation a cut above Glanvac® with B12 Two doses give merino lambs the best start in life Improves survival rates of lambs* Improves growth rates of lambs† Reduces time to reach mature weight† Optimises wool growth and life-long production1,2
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