HOW TO USE THIS ONLINE MAGAZINE
by clicking the arrows at the side of the page.
by clicking anywhere on the page. A slider will appear, allowing you to adjust your zoom level.
and move the page around when zoomed in by dragging the page.
and return to the original size by clicking on the page again.
by entering text in the search field and click on "In This Issue" or "All Issues" to search the current issue or the archive of back issues
a PDF of this magazine.
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
a page via email, Facebook, Twitter and more.
TO VIEW PREVIOUS EDITIONS
, click the
button at the bottom of the screen.
Beyond the Bale : March 2012
Woolgrowers Ben and Susan Carn from Quorn in the Flinders Ranges, who have developed a set of easy to use tools to help in making informed decisions about grazing and cropping. It’s all the small things we do that help make you big. Virbamec ® Oral Plus Selenium contains Abamectin, the most potent of the short-acting ML drenches. Virbamec Oral is highly effective against all ML-susceptible internal parasites plus itchmite and nasal bot. If not controlled, internal parasites can reduce overall productivity, especially in young ani mals. Studies have shown reductions in weight gains of 60-100 % 1 and wool growth rates of up to 40%2. Don’t let worms reduce your productivity. ® Virbamec is a registered trademark of Virbac (Australia) Limited. 1. Sykes & Coop (1977)., ARC Research Review., 3:41-46 2. Barger et al (1973)., Aust Journal of Exp. Agric. & Husbandry., 13:351-359 Insist on Virbamec Oral Plus Selenium for your sheep to ensure optimum productivity. www.virbac.com.au Customer Support 1800 242 100 VBC8112VirbamecBTB.indd 9 10/02/12 5:22 PM cropping decisions. We actively use this information throughout the year to help us plan, and if we need to, change our course if the weather patterns are indicating a different outlook. “W hether you’re facing a good or bad year, it ’s about having the information early and being able to put plans in place to manage what’s ahead.” As Mrs Carn would attest to, there is a wealth of climate information out there and trying to make sense of it can be an overwhelming task, however it is something that producers across Australia can tap into and therefore make more informed decisions when it comes to planning the coming year. “For all the positive benefits to our business and our bottom line that have come from incorporating climate data into our decision-making process the one thing you can’t put a price on is peace of mind. Knowing there is a good chance of a prolonged dry spell allows us to get our heads around it and make plans.” More information: l To read the full case study, view a short video about the Carns, and access a Decision Making Matrix and Weather Information Cheat Sheet, visit www.wool. com/carbon#weather l To subscribe to the Bestprac e-news newsletter, each containing a Weather Watch article, or to view past editions of e-news, visit www.bestprac.info. Bestprac e-news is a free e-newsletter focusing on relevant issues and innovation relating to small to medium- sized rangeland wool production businesses. 29 ON-FARM March 2012 BEYOND THE BALE Community Action Grants are a small grants component of the Federal Government’s Caring for our Country initiative that aims to help local community groups take action to conserve and protect their natural environment. Each year proposals are sought for grants ranging between $5000 and $20,000. Applications for 2012-13 Community Action Grants close at 5pm (AEDT) 27 March 2012. Carbon Farming FUNDING FROM GOVERNMENT The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency’s Carbon Farming Initiative non-Kyoto carbon fund will commence in July 2013, and its Carbon Farming Skills program will commence in July 2012. More information: For further information and details on how to apply and/or be kept informed, visit www.wool.com/carbon