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Beyond the Bale : December 2013
44 44 Lifting weaning rates September 2013 BEYOND THE BALE 44 ON-FARM FAST FACTS l AWI is sponsoring woolgrower Tim Gubbins from Victoria as a Nuffield Australia 2014 Scholar. l Tim aims to use his scholarship to study DNA markers and electronic identification to lift Merino weaning rates. l On completing his studies, Tim’s goal is to present his research in a way which is both easy to understand and implement. Woolgrower Tim Gubbins from Moyston in Victoria has been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship supported by AWI. As part of the scholarship Tim will study the Merino breed with a specific focus on the period from conception through to weaning. “I would like to explore the use of DNA markers and electronic identification to better understand genetic traits that could help with lamb survival and growth rates,” he said. “Woolgrowers are always looking to improve their operations and there have been great gains made through existing programs. Lambing is a crucial time for any sheep producer and through this study I aim to find ways of making lambing even better and to build on the improvements made through programs such as Lifetime Ewe Management.” The scholarship is a unique opportunity for a woolgrower to study a particular subject of interest to increase the knowledge and skills within the Australian wool industry. With an increased focus on education and training, AWI is proud to continue a strong involvement with Nuffield Australia. As the livestock manager on a Western Victorian property, Mr Gubbins has responsibility for a Merino flock of 5500 commercial ewes and 600 stud ewes, 4000 weaners and 2000 mixed-age wethers. The operation has a winter grazed area of approximately 1200 hectares and runs alongside an annual cropping program of around 3000 hectares. However, it is the full potential of the Merino sheep breed that he is most interested in. The goal is to present his 44 44 44 ON-FARM Tim Gubbins from Victoria, who has been awarded an AWI-sponsored Nuffield Scholarship, will study DNA markers and electronic identification to lift Merino weaning rates. PHOTO: The Ararat Advertiser research in a way which is both easy to understand and implement. “I would like to share and extend the outcomes of my studies through small presentations on a local level. I also hope to implement any new ideas or systems I may learn as one of the best ways to demonstrate new knowledge is through working examples,” Mr Gubbins said. “The wider industry stands to benefit from anyone who can improve the Merino’s ability to conceive and raise a lamb that has the ability to survive to weaning age.” AWI’s recent Nuffield Woolgrower Scholars are: l 2013 - Matthew Ipsen, Wareek, Victoria l 2012 - James Walker, Longreach, Queensland l 2011 - James Robertson, Renmark, South Australia (see opposite page) l 2009 - David Cussons, Kojonup, Western Australia l 2008 - Ben Ranford, Cleve, South Australia l 2007 - James Walker, Carrick, Tasmania More information: www.wool.com/nuffield