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Beyond the Bale : December 2012
25 selling more wool 25 on-Farm December 2012 Beyond the Bale The EverGraze program has been developing and testing new farming systems in different environments across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia. The program’s aim is to increase profits of sheep and cattle enterprises and at the same time improve water management, use of perennials, biodiversity and soil health. Six research teams at EverGraze Proof Sites in three states have been testing innovative grazing and livestock production systems to determine their impact on environmental outcomes and farm profitability. A network of Supporting Sites is associated with each Proof Site allowing groups of producers to try new grazing practices and perennial systems under ‘real farming’ conditions. EverGraze is an AWI, Future Farm Industries CRC, and Meat & Livestock Australia research and delivery partnership. The Victorian Supporting Sites are funded by Caring for our Country through Central Highlands Agribusiness Forum (CHAF). AWI has invested in EverGraze since 2007. Between 2007 and 2011 AWI contributed $3.5 million to the Evergraze project out of a total of $22 million by all parties. The net payoff to farmers successfully adopting Evergraze recommendations is estimated to be up to $50 per hectare. To capitalise on R&D outcomes achieved from 2007 to 2011, AWI is supporting Evergraze Phase VI (for 2011/12 and 2012/13) which seeks to increase adoption of Evergraze practices. AWI’s investment over the two years is $1.4million out of a total investment by all parties of $2.8million. More information: www.evergraze.com.au View a video about the EverGraze program at www.youtube.com/awiwoolproduction WormBoss has been a favourite with sheep producers since it was launched in 2005 and now it is even better. Following a major upgrade funded by AWI and the Sheep CRC, www.wormboss. com.au is now hosted by the Sheep CRC and has many new, improved and easy to use features. The aim of WormBoss is to reduce unnecessary drenching and minimise the onset of drench resistance while increasing animal productivity and profitability. WormBoss offers real help for producers with drenching decisions, and provides regional Drench Decision Guides, regional worm control programs, and a substantial library of information on worm control. Free monthly email alerts about worms in your region One of the most useful features of WormBoss is the free monthly WormBoss News email newsletter that provides access to the latest regional worm outlook from around Australia and feature articles. Content is coordinated by a technical committee of sheep parasitologists from WA, Queensland, NSW, SA, Victoria and Tasmania, and features input from private veterinarians and consultants and government veterinarians from around Australia. To subscribe, click the Subscribe to WormBoss icon on the home page and fill in your details. If you have previously subscribed to the WormBoss News email newsletter you will continue to be sent the newsletter, but if you are no longer receiving it then please contact WormBoss through the feedback section at the bottom of the home page of the new website. The WormBoss website complements the FlyBoss website (www.flyboss.org.au) also hosted by the Sheep CRC. The LiceBoss website (www.liceboss.com.au) will also be transferred in due course to provide growers with an interrelated suite of parasite control websites with the best information and the most cost efficient management into the future. More information: www.wormboss.com.au anemometers were placed among the saltbush hedgerows on the trial site, to measure and record wind speed at 10-minute intervals. east gippsland producer rick robertson and other local producers inspect seaberry saltbush, one of two species of forage shrubs sown on the trial site to provide feed and shelter for lambing merinos. new wormboss website a screenshot of the new wormboss website. Photo:DarrenHickey,DPIVictoria.Photo:DarrenHickey,DPIVictoria.