Calling all sheep producers…
who want to improve their lamb and ewe survival!
If the 2018 lambing season highlighted some opportunities for you to improve your ewe and lamb survival, you’re not alone. Industry-wide, reproductive efficiency has been identified as a top priority for lifting productivity, profitability and improved animal welfare standards. Lifting Lamb Survival is a practical on-farm training program focusing on learning and applying management practices to improve lamb and ewe survival. The program runs from pre-lambing to until after marking with four separate sessions, including three workshops held at a demonstration farm, and one visit to each participant’s property. Lifting Lamb Survival is delivered in Tasmania by Leanne Sherriff from Macquarie Franklin, and a program will be delivered during the 2019 lambing season.
What you will learn:
- Strategies to improve lamb survival and reduce ewe wastage
- Best practice management for lambing
- How to prepare the ewes and their lambing paddocks to enable better lambing
- How to increase the kilograms of wool and/or lamb produced per hectare
For more information
For more information provide the link to the attached flyer. Lifting Lamb Survival Flyer TAS
A minimum of six business are required for a Lifting Lamb Survival 2019 group to go ahead. Groups can be delivered anywhere in Tasmania where there is enough interest.
If you have any questions or are would like to register your interest in participating please contact Georgia McCarthy email@example.com or 0400 763 904
Pasture Principles aims to provide sheep and cattle producers with a set of guiding principles that will allow them to manage confidently regardless of the season, situation or system. The program is delivered over a 12-month period and consists of two days of theory, followed by six on farm coaching sessions.
For more information: Pasture Principles 2018 – program information v3
Groups commence in February each year, or earlier if sufficient interest is received.
Click here to watch a short video on two producers who participated in Pasture Principles and have made changes to their businesses as a result.
To express your interest in participating in a group, please contact Sarah or Nikki | Ph: 03 6427 5300 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
unlocking the key to ewe survival
Macquarie Franklin are partnering with Livestock Logic, Murdoch University and University of Melbourne to work on a MLA-funded project to improve our understanding of ewe survival during lambing.
Reducing ewe mortality during lambing requires understanding why ewes die and how management practices influence this. Lifting ewe survival will improve lamb survival and help improve animal welfare and productivity outcomes for the sheep industry.
The research team want to collaborate with passionate sheep producers to find the answers to improving ewe survival. The project work will start during autumn lambing 2019. A team of vets will conduct post-mortems on ewes that have died during the lambing period on participating properties. The post-mortem data will be overlaid with detailed management information collected by participating producers, along with accurate records of ewe deaths.
Businesses running commercial, non-merino ewe flocks in Victoria, southern NSW, South Australia and Western Australia are eligible to be part of the project. For more information view Ewe mortality flyer_hostproducer_Dec18.
THE LONGFORD RED MEAT GROUP (LRMG) PRODUCER DEMONSTRATION SITE
Maximising pasture production and utilisation for best practice lamb finishing under irrigation
The Longford Red Meat Group (LRMG) is a group of young, progressive red meat producers looking to lift their profitability by improving their pasture and grazing management skills to increase pasture production and utilisation. They work together to solve some of the challenges in implementing best practice grazing management within irrigated cropping/grazing systems. The group have just finished working with Macquarie Franklin on a Producer Demonstration Site project, which was funded by MLA and supported by TP Jones.
The question the group wanted to answer was:
How to maximise the gross margin per hectare in irrigated grazing systems (for sheep enterprises), over a 12 month period.
Each trial consists of a pivot circle with half the area sown to rye grass and the other half to clover. These are then subdivided again to give a set stocked treatment and a rotational grazing treatme
nt. In addition to production data such as growth rates, dry matter production, animal liveweight gains, and number of price of lambs finished, input data is also being collected (e.g. labour, material costs etc). This will enable gross margins for the different treatments to be calculated.
The year two trial at Ratho, Bothwell wrapped up at the end of May 2018, with 12 months completed on the trial.
The trial confirmed some of the results from year one and has raised some further questions, about grazing management and animal performance. The gross margins on the clover treatments across the sheep meat enterprise were equivalent to those achievable from cropping, and highlight some great opportunities for graziers to increase the profitability of their irrigated grazing systems. Click here to read the year two trial summary report. LRMG_Year 2 Trial Summary
The first of the trials was hosted by Andrew Archer from Chester at Westwood. To listen to the ABC radio Tasmania’s Country Hour interview with Andrew click here.
To read the year one trial summary report click here. LRMG Trial 1 summary July17_V2
LRMG partnered with the Water for Profit project to deliver a field day “Maximising Productivity of Irrigated Grazing Systems” on 30 November. The day was a great success, and clearly highlighted the strong interest in this trial from producers across the state with 80 people attending. Other presentations from the field day available for download are:
- Basil Doonan (Macquarie Franklin) and John Ramsay (Ramsay Ag) provided an overview of the trial findings to date. LRMGTrial Update Bothwell Nov17
- James Hills (TIA) highlighted the opportunity to grow more grass with more effective irrigation. James Hills TIA_maximising irrigation efficiency
- Bruce Jackson outlined best practice worm management for intensively managed systems, Bruce Jackson Worms in sheep on irrigated pasture
- Beth Penrose (TIA) gave an overview of animal/pasture micronutrients, Beth Penrose Micronutrients.
Thanks to the trial sponsors for their support: TP Jones & Co, Agriwebb, Gallagher, Ag Logic, Incitec Pivot, Orion, Allflex.