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Beyond the Bale : March 2012
l how to develop a breeding objective for your sheep enterprise l better management of ewe nutrition for reproductive performance and flock profitability; and l skills in developing simple energy budgets for the ewe flock. Practical sessions include condition scoring, feed budgeting, ram rankings and ram selection. Follow-up courses in these areas will be offered for those wishing to further develop skills in breeding and nutritional management. Workshops were held in regional centres around WA last month. Richard Hughes of Bow Bridge said, “We do use breeding values, but this workshop has helped to fine tune my understanding of them and get a better direction in defining my goals.” Andy McElroy of Boyup Brook said, “We don’t use ASBVs at the moment but I will just have to talk to my ram breeder about it a bit more.” Dave Brockman of Muradup near Kojonup said, “I was interested in the breeding values 20 20 SELLING MORE WOOL September 2010 BEYOND THE BALE March 2012 BEYOND THE BALE 20 ON-FARM FAST FACTS l AWI and MLA are funding Bred Well Fed Well workshops around the country with support from the Sheep CRC. l They are free, hands-on, one-day workshop about breeding and feeding to make more money. l Topics include improving ewe nutrition, developing a breeding goal, developing a feed budget and breeding better ewes. Bred Well Fed Well workshops Shearing World Championships but the main point of coming today was to set a written objective down on paper about our direction.” Bred Well Fed Well workshops have also been held in NSW, South Australia and Victoria. Workshops are planned for Queensland in April. The Bred Well Fed Well workshops are being run as part of the Making More from Sheep program from AWI and MLA. More information: Dr Serina Hancock, Research Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, email@example.com “THE FEED BUDGET REALLY GAVE ME SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT FOR HOW TO FURTHER IMPROVE LAMB SURVIVAL AND EWE MORTALITY.” BRED WELL FED WELL WORKSHOP ATTENDEE The Bred Well Fed Well workshops are a new initiative to provide practical training on how to use superior genetics and achieve improved reproductive performance from better feed management. The workshop focuses on: l improved understanding on how to use Australian Sheep Breeding Values to improve enterprise profitability world champion Shannon Warnest placed fourth in the machine shearing and world champion in 2000 Aroha Garvin placed third in the wool handling. The challenge this year was greater than ever with two sheep breeds; competitors were handling full wool Corriedales and Romneys as well as second shear Romneys. The world shearing final was contested over 20 sheep, with the winner shearing each sheep in less than one minute. The blade shearing final was contested over seven sheep. A 1500 strong crowd packed the stadium with roars and cheers, adding to the atmosphere created by the competitors’ spectacular display of stamina and shear skill. Roger Mifsud (Vic) was the Australian team manager; Tom Kelly (Vic) was a shearing judge; Steph Brooker-Jones (SA) was a woolhandling judge. The Championships, contested by 25 countries, were held in conjunction with New Zealand’s “Golden Shears” – a competition attracting 450 competitors including some from Australia. The next World Championships will be held in Ireland in 2014. AUSTRALIAN TEAM RESULTS Machine shearing l Shannon Warnest (SA): 4th in the final l Nathan Meaney (SA): 9th in the semi- finals (6 qualified for the finals) l Australia 4th in the team finals l Won by Gavin Mutch (Scotland). Blade shearing l Peter Artridge (NSW): 9th in the semi-finals (6 qualified for the finals) l Nick Denniss (NSW): 10th in the semi-finals l Australia 5th in the team finals. l Won by Zweliwile Hans (South Africa). Woolhandling l Aroha Garvin (WA): 3rd in the final l Rachel Hutchison (NSW): 6th in the semi-finals (4 qualified for the finals) l Australia 2nd in the team finals l Won by Joel Henare (New Zealand). More information: The complete results and videos of all the competitions are available at www.goldenshears.co.nz Nick Denniss from NSW competing at the World Championships. The Australian competitors at the 2012 Golden Shears World Championships held at Masterton, New Zealand did well with all of them reaching at least the semi-finals in their division. Two Australians made the finals. Twice