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Big Day Out at Tilpa October 2011

Posted by Bestprac on Jan 22 2012

Sally Ware, Livestock Officer, NSW DPI, Hay
 

 

Arising from a discussion during a teleconference meeting of the members of the Wilcannia Bestprac Group, the idea for a Lamb Production Day in the west gradually grew into reality. Organised in conjunction with NSW DPI, the first attempt in October 2010 was postponed due to the rainfall events of that year. The second attempt took place on Friday, October 28 and it proved to be a huge success with close to 100 people attending.

The location of the Lamb Production Day was Justin and Julie McClure’s property “Kallara”, which is located in the Tilpa district in far western NSW. Justin and Julie are both members of the Wilcannia Bestprac group and run a large, organically accredited property that produces lamb and goat meat and with the benefit of the recent Darling river flooding, were able to grow this year, 1000 acres of organic milling oats for the company Uncle Tobys and 400 acres of organic canola as well as producing 4000 large round and square bales of native hay, cut from native summer floodplain grasses and medics.

Justin McClure addressing the crowd at the Lamb Production Workshop held in the woolshed on his Tilpa property “Kallara”
Justin McClure addressing the crowd at the Lamb Production Workshop held in the woolshed on his Tilpa property “Kallara”
 

One aim for the day was to showcase some of the infrastructure used on a property such as “Kallara” to better manage livestock and meet processor specifications. This infrastructure included the covered working area in the sheep yards housing the Prattley 5 way-auto-drafter and the remote water management system that is used to monitor the waters on the property. Another objective was to have some in-woolshed presentations that would look directly at the opportunities and best management practices required to produce lamb in the western division.

To this end the day involved a demonstration of the auto-drafter and fat scoring in the sheep yards and an inside presentation from Phil Whitton, a representative from the remote water management company Observant and James Brown from Durapoly. Displays were also provided by staff from Western CMA, Landmark Russell Cobar and Durapoly.

Within woolshed presentations included an overview of lamb production on Kallara by Justin McClure, a marketing lamb update by NSW DPI Livestock Officer, Geoff Duddy which was complimented by a report by organic lamb buyer Paul Leonard from the company T & R Pastoral and two sheep reproduction powerpoints presented by Trudie Atkinson from NSW DPI and long time organic lamb producer Garry Hannigan from the local property “Churinga”. Ben Allen from NSW DPI in Broken Hill and Ben Mannix from “Gumbooka” at Bourke also spoke about the looming wild dog problem in western NSW. A livecross to the Country Hour took place from the Kallara homestead with Rural Reporter Skye Shannon interviewing Justin McClure, Geoff Duddy and Paul Leonard.

Justin McClure with his Prattley 5 way-auto-drafter that he uses to draft organic lambs to meet specific market weights
Justin McClure with his Prattley 5 way-auto-drafter that he uses to draft organic lambs to meet specific market weights


Landholders travelled from areas such as Broken Hill, Hungerford, Port Augusta, Dubbo and Ivanhoe to attend the day. For further details contact organiser Livestock Officer Trudie Atkinson (Trangie) ph: 0268808041

Last changed: Feb 08 2012

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