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Beyond the Bale : June 2012
June 2012 BEYOND THE BALE 24 ON-FARM FAST FACTS l Peter Andre from Penola, South Australia, who is enrolled in a Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) course, says he has learnt new practices from other growers in his group. l The biggest change he has implemented as a result of doing LTEM is the monitoring of the ewes and hoggets, and feeding them when he wouldn't have normally done so. l Peter also says he is seeing an improvement in the quality of wool he is cutting. Learning from other growers and a leading consultant were the key reasons why Peter Andre from Penola, South Australia, chose to enrol in a Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) course. Peter and his father John who run 6000 ewes have been involved in the course for the past 18 months and Peter says LTEM has exceeded his expectations. "It's certainly value adding to what we have. By making sure we get the feeding right, the stock are performing as they were designed to," he says. The group is made up of six producers from the district. Every two months the group will meet at Peter's property in the morning where they will weigh and condition score a trial mob of ewes. They then discuss how the sheep are performing and what upcoming challenges, such as lambing or weaning, need to be taken into consideration when determining their feed requirements. After this, the group slowly makes it way around the five other producers' properties where they repeat the process – before wrapping up with a beer at the last farm! While there is useful information to be learnt from the LTEM course material, Peter says he also gets ideas from the other producers who are in the group. "John Kidman from our group was feeding his weaners barley and he said no matter what happened with the feed in the paddock, it gave him control, so if the quality of the paddock feed dropped off, he could feed them with barley to provide energy and protein," Peter says. "We'd never fully been in control like that; we'd tried moving the sheep around to better paddocks and sometimes we just had to put up with what the paddock feed was doing. "It takes about four or five goes at feeding barley to get most of the weaners onto it and then you're right; so when you wean, you can feed them a bit of barley and not let them have that set back in condition. We started feeding our weaners barley in December and gave us an extra 0.9kg wool/head at the same age, so now we don't have a tail in the weaners and we've got control." Peter says the biggest change he and John have implemented as a result of doing LTEM is the monitoring of the ewes and hoggets, and feeding them when they wouldn't have normally have done so. "We would have let the ewes slip down a condition score at weaning, but we've found the easiest thing is to maintain them at a condition score the whole way through. "When we started LTEM last year we had a very good season and people had a lot of trouble with over-fat ewes, but we kept an eye on ours and that led to a very good lambing with good conception rates." While Peter and John have always scanned and split the singles and twiners they still had some lamb mortality when it came to weaning due to difficulties in matching feed availability with rumen development. But now, lamb mortality is greatly reduced. "Now we wouldn't lose one per cent. Our lamb marking tallies are nearly exactly the same as weaning. Now that we're Peter Andre from Penola, South Australia, says the Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) course has exceeded his expectations. LTEM: LEARNING FROM OTHER GROWERS