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Beyond the Bale : June 2018
*Refer to registered labels. CLiK Extra Spray-On contains 65 g/L dicyclanil. CLiK Spray-On contains 50 g/L dicyclanil. Elanco, CLiKTM and the diagonal bar are trademarks owned or licensed by Eli Lilly and Company, its subsidiaries or affiliates. ©2018 Elanco Australasia Pty Ltd (ABN 64076745198), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Company. EAH17120 AUSHPCLX00001a(1)a CLiKTM Extra sets a new benchmark in flystrike prevention. This unique formulation contains 30% extra active ingredient compared to CLiK Spray-On. CLiK protects sheep against flystrike for 18 to 24 weeks. CLiK Extra provides protection for up to 29 weeks. That’s up to 5 weeks extra protection!* Contact your rural supplier or Elanco and find out how CLiK Extra provides your sheep with the longest available protection against blowfly strike. www.elanco.com.au 1800 226 324 30% extra active ingredient than CLiK* Up to 5 weeks extra protection against flystrike than CLiK* REALISING PERFORMANCE POTENTIONAL – ONE DAY WORKSHOP AWI’s new Realising Performance Potential one-day workshop, developed for commercial enterprises with self-replacing Merino flocks, identifies key practical actions to implement on-farm to convert reproductive potential into profit. Built around scanning, condition scoring and wet/dry assessment at lamb marking, the workshop helps woolgrowers to develop the practical skills required to identify ‘performers’ from ‘passengers’ among adult ewes within their enterprises. The reproductive efficiency of a flock can be significantly improved by culling the poor performers and retaining the good performers. The workshop assists the commercial self-replacing Merino production sector in recognising and placing appropriate importance on the total lifetime productivity potential and value of their Merino ewes (fleece, meat, surplus stock) and aims to achieve a minimum weaning rate of 95% from Merino joinings. The workshop is designed to complement the Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) course. Realising Performance Potential offers beneficial management skills for both pre- and post-LTEM participants. More information Workshops are run on a demand basis through AWI’s State Grower Networks across Australia. To find out about upcoming workshops in your region, contact your State Grower Network (contact details at www.wool.com/networks). “We also try to optimise lamb survival by providing shelter where we can. We have trees around, but not in every paddock.” Peter also emphasised that he liked the practical, hands-on nature of the course. “I’ve enjoyed and benefited from viewing other course participants’ properties,” he said. “It really helps that it is a small group with an experienced facilitator. We all felt very comfortable discussing our thoughts and ideas, no matter how ridiculous they sometimes initially sounded.” OPTIMISM FOR THE FUTURE Peter says he is optimistic about the future of the wool industry. “It’s taken some time for wool prices to get to where they are now, but it’s all looking good at the moment,” he said. “Merinos consistently provide a good amount of wool cut and income, even when seasonal conditions are poor. We have moved from a breed base of dual purpose Dohnes to more of a wool Merino. “There are the usual issues that producers in the local area have to keep on top of, such as non-wetting deep sandy soil, sheep worms, and it is a concern that wild dogs are getting closer too. “But at the end of the day, if you’re continually trying to improve your business through the adoption of research via workshops or courses, or you’re just trying new ideas, you will have a better knowledge base that will in turn increase production levels.” More information For more information, or to set up or join an LTEM group in your local area, call RIST on freecall 1800 883 343 or visit www.rist.edu.au/lifetime-ewe-management AWI: www.wool.com/LTEM ON FARM 51
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