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Take the next step with electronic ID

Posted by Bestprac on Jan 23 2012

It’s time for ram breeders and sheep producers to reap the benefits of electronic identification (eID) by registering for a new training course aimed at integrating the technology into existing farm management strategies

The course ‘Using eID for Sheep Management and Breeding’ is being offered nation-wide for the first time by the Sheep Cooperative Research Centre (Sheep CRC) through licensed training providers.

The Sheep CRC is a collaboration of industry, government and the commercial sector, which is working to increase productivity and profitability of the industry through new technologies for adoption by both the meat and wool supply chains.

To participate in eID training, producers need contact their local course provider to register their interest or to form a group with friends and neighbours.

Course developer Nathan Scott, from consultants Mike Stephens & Associates, said the intensive three-day course is aimed at optimising data collection and management in an operation.

“The training will develop a level of understanding that will allow producers to purchase the right eID equipment components for their particular ram breeding or producer enterprise with independent advice on what they need,” Mr Scott said.

“It will also ensure that they have a planned approach to data collection and management, to make the most of their eID system, once they have it up and running.”

“The course is equally valuable for those already quite familiar with eID, giving them the opportunity to review the use of eID equipment within their operation and define management strategies to best utilise the information they capture.”

“This is a very hands-on course that will happen both in the yards and in the office. It will teach producers to confidently capture data and then, most importantly, how to take it back to the office to analyse and return to the yards to implement decisions.”

“An eID system makes it possible to maximise production from your top performing sheep and minimise the cost incurred from the poorest performers,” he said.

The format of the course incorporates both group work, as well as a one-on-one session with the trainer to address the individual needs of the enterprise.

The course cost will be determined by the Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) licensed to deliver the course and the RTO’s will be able to apply to register it for FarmReady Reimbursement Grants.

Start dates depend on group sizes and expressions of interest. Contact your local training provider for more information:

Victoria
Jacquie Cotton, Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST) 03 5573 0943

NSW
Ben Watts, TAFE Western Institute, 0428 668 706 - More Information

Other States:
Delivery licenses have also been offered to DPI NSW (Tocal Agricultural College), Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation Queensland, and the CY O’Connor Institute at Northam, WA. These are expected to be accredited for course delivery shortly.

For further information see http://www.sheepcrc.org.au/education/industry-training.php  
 

Last changed: Jan 23 2012

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