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Farmer feedback sought on hunting coordination

It may come as no surprise to both farmers and hunters that better coordination of on-farm hunting activities is required.

This is one of the preliminary findings of the Australian Hunter and Landowner Survey, currently open to farmers and hunters around the country.

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The end of Bestprac as we know it...

Bestprac has been operating in pastoral WA, SA, NSW and QLD since 1997. During this time it has evolved from structured facilitated groups into a hub of innovation and information for pastoral wool growers. Sadly June 30 2014, marks the end of the Bestprac project as we know it, but all is not lost.

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‘Helping Woolgrowers make Decisions’ Forum at Hay Shear Outback

By Sally Ware, Riverina Local Land Services, Hay

Local landholders combined with students from Charles Sturt University and University of Sydney to attend a forum held in the woolshed at Shear Outback recently.

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Visual Classing Merino Sheep by Australian Wool Innovation

AWI has released a publication called ‘Visual Classing Merino Sheep’. This publication lists the traits important to classing, which characteristics are desirable in the trait and explains the economic importance of each.  

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Producers find out what's on the menu for their livestock

Agrihort Communications
Knowing the quality and quantity of feed in your paddocks and how to ensure stock get the most out of it was the focus of Bestprac’s recent Queensland sheep producers’ information day.

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Managing climate risk: the new age of dynamical modelling

A new age of dynamical modelling for seasonal outlooks has been introduced by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and will provide farmers, who are keen to accurately manage their climate risk, a new valuable tool for informed decision making.

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Webinar on early weaning using a high starch diet for rumen development

Accelerating Pastoral Zone Innovation Webinar
June 6, 12:30-1:15pm

This webinar will teach you about an innovative way to improve your weaner survival and performance which is critical to increasing profitability. This innovation can provide a method for pastoralists to improve the management of weaners and overall profitability.

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Fiona's leadership in the Pastoral Zone

by Katie Fisher by Agrihort Communication

Fifth generation sheep and cattle producer, Fiona Warwick, believes she is blessed to be able to work in Australia’s pastoral industry. With that in mind, she is eager to constantly brush-up her leadership skills in order to take a strong and active role within her small local community in South Australia.

Fiona lives with her parents on a 96,000 acre pastoral sheep and cattle property – Holowiliena South Station, 60 kilometres east of Cradock in the Flinders Ranges.

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Breeding for resistance best insurance against worms- Sheep CRC

CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation

Sheep breeders pursuing worm ‘resilience’ rather than ‘resistance’ could be placing undue pressure on their sheep during the current dry seasonal conditions.

According to Executive Officer of the WormBoss program, Dr Lewis Kahn, sheep breeders selecting better grown sheep are indirectly selecting for worm ‘resilience’ but this does not improve worm ‘resistance’ because they are separate traits.

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Now is the time to preg scan

CRC FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY INNOVATION
Australian sheep breeders battling with dry seasonal conditions should consider pregnancy scanning to better manage their flock size and increase profit margins.

In times when stock feed is in short supply, pregnancy scanning allows breeders to identify ewes which are not in lamb for culling, as well as provide targeted nutritional support to twin-bearing ewes.

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Are you AWI's next Nuffield Scholar?

AWI sponsors the annual AWI Nuffield Woolgrower Scholarship, in collaboration with Nuffield Australia. The scholarship is a unique opportunity for a woolgrower to study a particular subject of interest, and increase practical farming knowledge and management skills and techniques in the Australian wool industry.
 

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AWI March Market Intelligence

AWI Market Intelligence – March 2014 report
In this month’s newsletter, AWI look into the recovery of Western Europe and comments in relation to Australia-China’s FTA.

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Federal Drought Assistance for farmers

A drought assistance package has recently been released to provide help and support for producers in drought declared regions. If you are one of these producers there may be opportunites for you to recieve help.

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Summer Sheep CRC Newsletter

The Summer Sheep CRC Newsletter is now available and has a lot of interesting information inside!

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CRC extension ensure bright future for sheep industry

Sheep CRC Media Release

Sheep producers can look to the future with confidence with news that the industry’s Cooperative Research Centre has secured funding for a further five years.

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Concept to Impact- Registrations now open!

Sheep CRC Final Conference- Adelaide
This conference will focus on providing practical, take home messages for breeders, producers and companies in the meat and wool supply chains.

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LambEx 2014 reveals cracker program that tackles tough industry issues

LAMBEX 2014 has today released a cutting edge program featuring a star line-up of new speakers, some familiar faces and – in its trademark style – an array of local and global issues that don’t shy away from any of the big ticket items influencing the sheep and lamb industry’s future.

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Field survey of blowfly resistance to dicyclanil/cyromazine

Dr Garry Levot, Menangle

Australian Wool Innovation has funded the NSW Department of Primary Industries to conduct a 2 year survey of Australian sheep blowfly populations to measure their susceptibility to registered flystrike insecticides.

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New Innovations – Accelerating Pastoral Zone Innovation

Pastoral producers are looking for savvier ways to make life and work easier, more efficient, and more productive. This year Bestprac and Australian Wool Innovation are profiling innovations from Australian pastoral properties to help you find ways to make beneficial changes to your own business

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Young Leadership in the Pastoral Zone

Katie Fisher, AgriHort Communications
Queensland producer Robert Brown knows only too well how important it is to stay proactive, optimistic and information hungry – even when times are tough and a drought seems never ending.

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AWI Drought resources

Dry seasonal conditions need to be planned for, and carefully managed for the sustainability of woolgrowing enterprises, the industry and the environment.
 

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Bestprac Qld State Forum - Friday 4th April, Longreach

What’s on the menu for your Livestock?
Friday 4th April, 2014 8.45-3.30pm
Auditorium Longreach Pastoral College, Longreach

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MLA research to quantify labour input in Australian sheepmeat and cattle enterprises

Natasha Morley, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

Labour contributes a significant cost to running a sheepmeat or beef cattle enterprise however there is little data on how much individual tasks contribute to this cost. In new research, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is looking to industry to help quantify this gap to ensure it can appropriately develop options for improving labour productivity and efficiency.

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Fat acts as insurance in tough times

Press release Sheep CRC

Superior genetics for fat in sheep can be looked at as an “insurance policy” to protect against tough environmental conditions when managing pregnant ewes, according to The University of Adelaide researcher, Sam Walkom.

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Making the RIGHT decisions to survive the dry

AgriHort Communications

Far west New South Wales has once again been plagued with a short to medium term weather forecast that predicts no rain for at least the next four months. Therefore, pastoralists now must make some serious business decisions, with feed quality predicted to decline and livestock needing to be maintained.

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Leading Sheep QLD Webinar recordings available

Leading Sheep QLD regularly run webinars on subjects for Pastoral Zone wool producers. These recordings are available by following our links below.

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Horizon Scholarship

A scholarship for those passionate about agriculture

Agriculture offers the most dynamic and diversified number of career pathways of any industry in Australia.

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Genetic Benchmarking; Potential For Further Commercialisation Of AWI Funded Or Part Funded Projects Post June 2015

AWI welcomes responses to this consultation document to be received by Monday 8 March 2014 by post to Mary Foster, GPO Box 4177, Sydney, 2001 or email to mary.foster@wool.com

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Breech Strike Resistance Newsletters Number 6

CSIRO and Department of Agriculture and Food WA

The latest information on research and developments for Breech Strike Resistance has been released in the recent Armidale NSW and Mt Barker WA newsletters.

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Sheep CRC Spring Newsletter

Sheep CRC have released their Spring Newsletter download it here


Business Planning

Often producers are kept busy doing the day to day farm jobs, that there is little time left to plan for the future. However, Bestprac’s newest Innovation Case Study shows the value of spending time setting clear goals. These should be both long and short term goals, with a determined path for achieving them.

This case study features James and Manny Walker from QLD.

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Answers for the Q&A Webinar- 'Ewe Turn- Using Genetics to Tackle Flystrike'

On Thursday October 31, Bestprac coordinated a webinar to discuss the features of the recently released case study, ‘Ewe Turn- Using Genetics to Tackle Flystrike.’ Bestprac has made available the link to watch the webinar as well a full report of the questions and answers.

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Wool Meets the Market

By Katie Fisher from Agrihort Communications

Meeting the growing trend of a casually-dressed society, the demands of emerging consumer markets in China and the long-time absent market in Russia are the key objectives for wool marketing in Australia this year.

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ABC Landline Story: 'Prickle Factor'

On Sunday the 5/10/2013, Landline featured a story on 'Prickle Factor'.  

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Lifetime Ewe Management continues with added FOO

The Lifetime Ewe Management course (LTEM) continues to be supported with the latest contract extension from Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).

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Striving through the Dry

On Thursday November 28, 2013 from 2-6pm, the Rural Financial Councilling Service, ANZ and Bestprac network will be supporting a forum in Broken Hill  to help pastoralists manage the recent dry conditions.

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AuctionsPlus Wool Webinar- 14 November

AuctionsPlus Wool is the subject of an upcoming Leading Sheep webinar. Our principal speaker will be Tony Benson the Market Operations Manager for AuctionsPlus and Wool Trade. The webinar is on Thursday 14 November starting at 1pm -2.15pm

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Drought Relief Assistance Scheme for QLD

DRAS is a scheme set up by the Queensland Government to help primary producers in the grazing industries manage their livestock during and after a drought. Many producers are looking to apply for assistance and there are a number of different packages available:

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AWI Market Intelligence- October

In this month's edition, we focus on some of our major manufacturing and end user markets, and some of the issues within these markets which we think are relevant to demand along the entire wool production chain.

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Control strategy gets the Goat

There’s no such thing as a free lunch when it comes to feral goats. While the sale of feral goats can provide some additional income to producers, they are estimated to eat roughly the same amount of vegetation as sheep, and their hidden cost should not be underestimated.

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Wool producers and social media

By Katie Fisher from AgriHort Communications

Farming can be an isolated business but, with the advent of social media, communication in agriculture has been made easier and more enjoyable. For many producers, social media has rapidly become the preferred communication method. It facilitates connecting with like-minded individuals to discuss and share ideas around personal interests that can eventually grow into conversations.

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Adelaide LambEx

South Australia will host biennial sheep and lamb conference LambEx 2014 at the Adelaide Showgrounds from July 9-11.

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New MLA research to quantify labour input in Australian sheepmeat and cattle enterprises

Labour contributes a significant cost to running a sheepmeat or beef cattle enterprise however there is little data on how much individual tasks contribute to this cost. In new research, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is looking to industry to help quantify this gap to ensure it can appropriately develop options for improving labour productivity and efficiency.

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Managing climate variability

AWI's Beyond the Bale September 2013 edition

Young Climate Champion woolgrower James Walker from Queensland has modified his production practices in response to climatic and seasonal variability. James has provided more watering points for his sheep, and harvests grass during times of peak production to capture quality feed while it is available. James is also using dynamic weather forecasting models to help predict rainfall patterns.

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Launch of Livestock Biosecurity Network

A new Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) is being rolled out in all states and territories to encourage farmers and farming organisations to be prepared for possible exotic disease incursions and the risks to Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock industry.

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Ewe Turn: Using Genetics to tackle fly strike

Breech and bodystrike can be major issues for pastoral wool growers. Bestprac has released another Innovation Case Study focusing on using objective and subjective genetic tools to remove wrinkle.

The case study features David Thompson and his family from Katanning WA. 

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Sheep CRC Winter Newsletter

Sheep CRC

The Sheep CRC have released their Winter Newsletter.

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Successful Optimum Reproduction Workshops in QLD

Leading Sheep QLD

The Making More from Sheep funded (with the support of Leading Sheep) a series of 4 "Nutritional Management of Merinos for Optimum Reproduction" workshop throughout Qld (Longreach, Cunnamulla, Bollon & St George) in August with a total of 80 participants. 

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RamSelect Workshops- Blackall & Longreach

Leading Sheep QLD
Date Claimer: Blackall (Showgrounds) - 17th September and Longreach (Pastoral College) - 19th September

Rams are purchased on one day of the year but their effect on your flock lasts for many years. Make sure you buy the right genes for production, quality and disease resistance.

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Decision Making in All Seasons:

Bestprac, Agencies and Businesses join forces for Collerrina farming community
Report by Mark Gardner, Vanguard Business Services

Bestprac and other sponsors brought together a range of government agencies and industry in Collerrina, some 30km NW of Tottenham in NSW, recently to talk to the community about everything from grazing management and native pastures, animal post mortem, animal nutrition and mental health.

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ASBVs turn Turkey Lane around

CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation

This year come to the Bestprac National Forum to hear John Symons from Turkey Lane speak about his success with ASBVs. John and Jo adopted Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs), and made some small changes to his management technique, to increase wool returns by over 400% over the last 13 years.

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Follow Andrew Miller in the MLA Challenge

Andrew Miller is the Owner Manager of Coniston Station, Quilpie Qld and has been working on the Bestprac Project Advisory Panel over the past year.  Andrew has recently become involved in the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Challenge. 

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Southern Livestock Adaption

The three year Southern Livestock Adaption program looked at a range of future climate scenarios and the impact on farm profitability and productivity. Information generated from the program is now available.

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Total Grazing Pressure

by Liz Guerin

The contribution of non-domestic grazing pressure to pastoral areas of western NSW has been reported to increase grazing intensity by at least 50%. So, if you are a good manager and making stocking decisions to conserve feed, this can be a huge issue - both environmentally and financially.

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Worm Egg Counts for Queensland Sheep Producers - the way forward

Leading Sheep QLD

With the closure of the Queensland Government Wormbuster Laboratory, there have been many people querying who else provides these services and what to do now.

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Novel technologies warrant further research for flystrike prevention

Australian Wool Innovation Limited

Early trials of two technologies currently used to treat human conditions warrant further research as potential flystrike prevention alternatives according to Australian Wool Innovation (AWI). 

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WoolBook- from the Shed to the World Wide Web

WoolBook is a productivity tool for recording, analysis, presentation and exchange of accurate and relevant information from across the wool industry to enhance the value of Australian wool.

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AWI Market Intelligence

This week’s Wool Market Report  on the latest market information of the Australian Wool Market:

 

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Wild dogs may eliminate Pastoral zone sheep production within 40 years

Australian Wool Innovation Ltd
Without a substantial and co-ordinated effort, wild dogs may eliminate the sheep industry from entire pastoral zone of Australia within 30-40 years.

The extent of the wild dog expansion across Australia is outlined in a new scientific review by Ben Allen and Peter West from the Invasive Animals CRC published in this month’s Australian Veterinary Journal.

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New LiceBoss website empowers producers

CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation

The new LiceBoss website, is putting the power in producers’ hands to make informed decisions about the best methods for controlling lice in their specific circumstances.

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Weather Watch- July 2013

by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)
How quickly things can turn around! In the last month, we have received 105mm of rain, with even more on our leased property. So, our crops are off to a great start. It’s a real pleasure to see everything go so green so quickly, to see full dams again and watch creeks flow that haven’t done so in years.

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Draft National Wild Dog Action Plan nearing release

By Liz Guerin
In August of this year, the draft National Wild Dog Action Plan will be released for public consultation, after six months of project work initiated by WoolProducers Australia. 

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Providing a helping hand to those who need it

Frontier Services

Outback Links, a program run by Frontier Services, matches up skilled volunteers with families in rural and remote Australia who need a helping hand.

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Business diversification in the rangelands

Tony and Julie Smith own and manage ‘Rawnsley Park Station’, a pastoral station located 35 kilometres north of Hawker, on the southern side of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges region of South Australia.

View full case study here

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Finding green grant and funding opportunites just go easier with FundingLINK

FundingLINK is one of Australia's most comprehensive searchable catalogue of environmentally focussed grant and funding opportunities available throughout the country. Finding grant and funding opportunities has never been so easy!

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Weather Watch- June

by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)
To paraphrase a fashion term, patchy is the new black! May had some good rain events across SA, but you had to be under them! For example, at home we got 14mm in the gauge, while 10kms away on our leased block we got 20mm. This block had scored more in a previous rainfall as well, so consequently Ben is sowing some crop there, rather than on our home paddocks.

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Observations can help ‘Make more from Sheep’

By Liz Guerin
There is the old adage that ‘where you have live animals, you are going to have dead ones too’.

But the key messages, from the recent Karoonda Veterinary and Animal Health Day, were about keeping it in proportion and using your powers of observation to understand, not only, why you might be losing the odd sheep, but also around knowing and responding to risk.

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Secure your farm with new website

Media Release from Johnes Disease Program
Farm Biosecurity – the program which provides Australian producers with information on protecting their properties from diseases, pests and weeds – has a brand new website.

The refreshed http://www.farmbiosecurity.com.au/ is a one-stop-shop for all information about on-farm biosecurity, including tips and tools such as videos, records and manuals.

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Worm control needs a holistic approach

CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation

Worms cost Australian sheep producers more in lost productivity than any other animal health problem, a situation made worse with drench resistance now widespread and increasing in severity in all sheep regions.

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Participants ‘look beyond the horizon’ at the Hawker Forum

By Pene Keynes

After a long period of dry, rain on the roof was a welcome sound at the joint Natural Resources Arid Lands and Bestprac forum, ‘Looking beyond the Horizon’ in Hawker on May 31. 

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Hay Wool Seminar a Success

By Sally Ware, NSW DPI, Hay

With nearly 70 final year, agriculture focused, Sydney and Charles Sturt University students in town, the Wool Seminar held at Shear Outback in Hay was always going to be a success.

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Sourcing and utilising climate information for your business

By Pene Keynes  

Climate is one area that businesses are looking for more information on when making 'on the ground decisions.' Melissa Rebbeck and Susan Carn at the Hawker 'Looking Beyond the Horizon' forum were successful in providing some useful facts and hints on this topic.

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Remote Monitoring and Mapping

By Pene Keynes
 
At the Hawker 'Looking beyond the Horizion forum, Mike Digby, from the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, demonstrated how spatial information systems, a technology widely used in the military, has been employed to deliver Natural Resources Management outcomes.
 
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Wool Markets and Emerging Opportunities

By Pene Keynes

At Hawker, presenters and producers alike were positive about the direction and future of the wool industry. It was interesting to learn about what Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and producers can do to help maintain and grow this industry.

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Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU)™

By Pene Keynes
 
Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU)™ was discussed at the Hawker 'Looking Beyond the Horizon Forum.' Janet Walton, a Natural Resources Management Officer with Natural Resources SA Arid Lands, has been enhancing the pastoral land management of 17 pastoral properties through the EMU™ project.
 
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Update and what's still to be done on Operation Biteback

By Pene Keynes

Controlling dogs in the pastoral zone is vital for the future of the wool industry in this zone. Currently, a lot of funding and energy is being put into tackling this issue, through the ongoing operations of the ‘Bite Back’ program.

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Succession planning for best outcomes

By Pene Keynes

Katherine Vincent, Senior Associate from Johnston Withers has seen the best and worst scenarios for succession in farming businesses and at 'Looking Beyond the Horizon' she was willing to share.

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Looking at Wirrealpa through new eyes

This case study tells how a sequence of events since 2009 has allowed Warren and Barbara to see their station through new eyes. View full case study here.

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Tackling erosion at Willow Springs

This case study tells how Brendan and Carmel became involved in Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU)™ and outlines some of the intervention works undertaken to improve land management and production.
View full case study here.

 

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Drone Technology Potential in Agriculture Creating a Buzz

By Liz Guerin

Look up in the sky...is it a bird? Is it a plane? No... it may be a drone, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

Long used for military purposes, several Australian companies are using drones for real estate and mining purposes and, with equipment costs falling, the possibilities for applications in both agriculture and pastoral industries are vast.

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App adds to online tools for graziers

By David Cussons for Farming Ahead Online

Calculating stocking rates and carrying capacity has become a bit easier thanks to a new smartphone application.

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Hay Wool Production Seminar – Hay May 23

By Sally Ware, NSW DPI, Hay

Landholders are invited to join final year university students from Sydney, Charles Sturt and Melbourne for a wool production seminar at the Hay Shear Outback Shearing Shed on Thursday, May 23.

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Weather Watch (May 2013)

by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)

Last week we drove some friends around our whole property. As I’m chiefly an office girl these days, I don’t get out there much, so I got a real shock to see how dry it had become in just a couple of months!

It made me question our decision to lamb down in late Autumn, as we saw a few early lambs, with their mothers, and not a great deal of good stuff to eat. However, the latest outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology, for winter, is for it to be dryer than average. So, if that’s the case it’s a mute point!

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Community Wild Dog Control applications open

Australian Wool Innovation

Applications are now being sought for the next Wild Dog Control program from Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).

Stage one achieved control methods across 1.3 million square kilometres of country in every mainland state of Australia through almost 50 wild dog control groups.

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Bestprac Project Advisory Panel – SA Position Available for Producer or Industry Representative

If you are passionate about the future of the pastoral wool industry, this is your opportunity to have your say and represent your industry at a national level.

The national Bestprac program currently has a postion available for a South Australian representative within the Project Advisory Panel (PAP).

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Weather Watch April 2013

Weather Watch (April 2013)
by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)

My life experience has taught me that there is always someone worse off than myself. This belief was reinforced recently when Ben and I were in south-west Western Australia with the Climate Champion Program.

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Telemetry

By Liz Guerin

Telemetry is a technology that allows data measurements to be made from a distance. In the pastoral sector it is used mainly for monitoring and control of stock water including tank monitoring or pump control, monitoring pipelines, mills and bores, and provides a 24/7 watch over watering points.

Whilst not replacing the need for checking troughs and tanks, telemetry can save pastoralists considerable time and money.

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Young Woolgrower's Passion for Technology

From Beyond the Bale

Young woolgrower Dan Korff uses the latest on-farm technology to provide productivity efficiencies on the property he manages, ‘Avington’ in central Victoria. Dan loves the wool industry and is passionate about encouraging the next generation to join it.

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Attracting and retaining staff

From Beyond the Bale

With many rural-based businesses adjusting to greater competition for skilled labour and the continued migration of people to urban centres, a recent study has highlighted the important role that employers play in attracting and retaining staff in the pastoral livestock industries.

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Nuffield Australia Applications open for 2014

Nuffield Australia has just opened its application process for 2014 Scholarships on 1st April and a record 24 Scholarships are available to primary producers from across Australia.

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Producers, industry back new OJD direction

Sheepmeat Council of Australia and WoolProducers Australia

Sheep producers and industry bodies are supporting the broad direction of the new Ovine Johnes Disease (OJD) National Management Plan.

WoolProducers Australia (WPA) and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) sought feedback from producers and industry on a policy discussion paper released in late January.

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The Australian Rangeland Goat

Christine Ferguson- 2010 Nuffield Scholar
Pushing goat meat to new levels
Producing rangeland goats in the far north-west of NSW is a tough business, so when Wanaaring pastoralist
Chris Ferguson tells you something was frustrating her; you sit up and take notice.

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Fighting Feral Pigs

Meat and Livestock Australia

Researchers suggest populations of feral pigs can triple each year during good seasons if not controlled.

Increasing feral pig populations threaten Australia’s agricultural viability, biosecurity and environment, but a number of control measures have been developed with support from MLA.

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Ag Apps that work!

Over 130 smartphone Apps have been listed and road-tested in a ‘Smartphone Apps for Farmers’ compendium. The free PDF booklet is available from the SA Ag Excellence Alliance website. Check it out here


Don’t Fence me in- the Virtual Alternative

By Liz Guerin

Fencing. The never-ending chore, that most farmers love to hate, could potentially become a thing of the past with the development of a prototype ‘virtual’ fence by CSIRO researchers.

The virtual fencing system could replace ‘traditional’ fixed fences, with virtual fences being drawn and moved using a mouse and computer screen, saving producers money in terms of capital and labour.

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Weather Watch (March 2012)

by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)

Last week the Bureau of Meteorology released its Seasonal Outlook for March to May. When I looked at the map I got very excited as my patch has a 65% chance of exceeding median rainfall.

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The Hay Ewe Flock Competition – Not Just a Bus Ride – A Two Day Woolgrower Talkfest!

by Kevin Ingram, Pooncarie

Hay Merino Breeders Inc recently hosted the 22nd Peppin Shaw Competition in the Western Riverina; this being the world’s largest commercial flock ewe hogget competition.

We travelled by bus, over the two days, covering close to 1000km on varying road conditions. The unpredictable problems of broken vee belts and a seized air conditioner bearing were capably handled by Purtilll’s Coach Captain, Kevin Gough. 

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Trial results prove value of ASBVs in sheep selection

Sheep CRC

Key findings:
• When ASBVs are used to select rams they consistently deliver a more productive flock
• ASBVs offer benefits to all production systems, whether they are Terminal, Merino or Maternal flocks
• ASBVs provide increased certainty in selecting the right ram for a breeding program

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Industry Welcome Feedback on OJD

Woolproducers Australia and the Sheepmeet Council of Australia

Submissions commenting on the discussion paper about the National OJD Management Plan are helping to narrow the issues yet to be finalised.

Producer representative bodies WoolProducers Australia (WPA) and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) are hoping further submissions will be received before the closing date of March 1.

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South Australia’s Position Statement on the National OJD

South Australia Sheep Advisory Group

Participation to the industry meeting of the 18 February 2013 was by invitation.

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Climate Kelpie

What's Climate Kelpie?

Climate Kelpie is for Australian farmers and their advisors. It connects you to tools and information about climate to help you make decisions about your farm business.

Farmer case studies - Folow this link to read about how farmers are working with the climate.


Standard Operating Procedures for foxes and feral cats

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) discuss animal welfare impacts for target and non-target species and describe control techniques and their application, as well as covering health and safety aspects.

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Market Intelligence: Australian Wool Market Report

Each week the Market Intelligence and Reporting Team at AWI review the latest market information of the Australia Wool Market. The report provides a week to week tracking of the Australian Wool Market during the season, to give stakeholders a better understanding of weekly wool price movements and factors that may influence or impact upon this movement.

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The Good Oil on Guardians– Protecting your Livestock Investment

by Liz Guerin
Dogs are said to be ‘man’s best friend’ but with wild dogs costing Queensland alone an estimated $67 million per year in livestock losses, disease spread and control, many pastoralists are looking for a new ‘best friend’ as a solution.

Enter, the guardians! Alpacas, donkeys and maremma dogs are being used with success as the sheeps’ ‘best friend’ (or the friend of any domestic livestock or free range poultry) and can be an effective tool against predators.

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Weather Watch (February 2013)

by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)

Australia spent its birthday weekend living up to its reputation; a sunburnt country with droughts and flooding rains. However, I don’t remember tornadoes being mentioned in the famous poem!

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The “Why” of Planned Grazing

by Angus Whyte

Below are some examples of the type of questions people are asking when they are faced with a shift to a planned grazing system?

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DNA testing delivers poll flock fast

The impact of using the Sheep CRC's new DNA test, for identifying carriers of the horn gene in Merinos, is now well defined in a report prepared by Professor Julius van der Werf.

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NSW DPI- Western Division newsletter

The Western Division Newsletter is produced by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI). It provides landholders living in the western areas of NSW with information relevant to their lifestyle and pastoral enterprises.

Access here to subscribe to this newsletter


Animal Health Australia Presentation

On the 19th of December Animal Health Australia ran an interactive web conference (webinar) to present the findings on the latest results of long-term field tests of Pfizer’s Gudair® vaccine against ovine Johne’s disease. This can now be viewed in full by those who could not participate.

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Rangeland Research

Several CSIRO scientists have contributed to a publication marking 100 years of rangeland research in the USA.

A special issue of the journal Rangeland Ecology and Management commemorates the establishment of the Jornada Experimental Range in south-central New Mexico in 1912.
 

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Ewe Nutrition in the Pastoral Zone – Realising your Potential

By Liz Guerin
The principles of ewe nutrition in the pastoral zone are no different to ewe nutrition in any other area. In fact, considering the differences in feed base, growing season length and, in some instances, poorer feed quality, – they become even more important.

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Growers vote to maintain two per cent levy with record participation

AWI Press Release

Australian woolgrowers have voted to maintain the two per cent levy on wool sales to fund research, development and marketing of the natural fibre.

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Weather Watch (December 2012)

by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)

Last week I attended the POAMA workshop at the Melbourne Bureau of Meteorology. I had been asked to do a short presentation in which I explained how I first got interested in seasonal forecasts, and later began incorporating them into my farm decision making.

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New option for Walk Over Weighing for Sheep

CRC FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY INNOVATION

Recording the performance of the Australia’s sheep flocks is to become quicker and easier, following development of a new mob-based walk over weighing system, as a result of an initiative of the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC).

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Key tool released to boost rangeland goat production

The Australian goatmeat industry has experienced strong growth, over the past 20 years, with over 1.5 million goats processed annually. This growth has been largely supported by the sale of goats sourced from the rangelands which accounts for more than 90 percent of production.

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New WormBoss website delivers on the spot advice

Sheep producers now have, at their fingertips, access to localised best practice advice for controlling worms, with the launch today of a revamped WormBoss website.

Worms cost Australian sheep producers more than any other animal health problem and sustainable management is essential for on-farm productivity.

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OJD Vaccination: What you should know

Accurate information about ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) for producers

Vaccinating sheep with Gudair® is a key tool in the fight to control the spread of ovine Johne’s disease (OJD), in Australia, but it is not a silver bullet.

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Flystrike Management Tools

Preventive chemical application is an important part of flystrike management in sheep.
There are many different types of flystrike preventative chemicals on the market, all with different protection periods and chemical withholding periods.

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Agriventure- International Rural Placements

Agriventure is an international program that pairs young people from all over the globe wanting to work in Agriculture and farming businesses requiring staff. Access this site if you want to know more.  

 


Lifetime Wool- more lambs, better wool, healthy ewes

Lifetimewool has a series of ewe and pasture targets that increase productivity and profitability of the Merino sheep enterprise for regions across southern Australia. There are also management guidelines and tools for ewe flocks at all times of the year.


Guard Animals for Livestock Protection

This publication by the NSW Department of Primary Industries reviews the effectiveness of different guardian species available in Australia for livestock producers. 


Landcare Australia Limited

The Landcare online website has information about the Landcare dedicated to managing environmental issues in local communities.


Australian Rangeland Society 'Speaking for the Rangelands'

The Australian Rangeland society is an association of people interested in the management and sustainable use of resources in natural or semi-natural landscapes, such as grasslands, shrublands, and woodlands. This website and society provides a forum for the free exchange of ideas and information regards the rangelands.


Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Website

The DAFF website gives businesses access to the Department's information, from climate change, to resource management, biosecurity etc.


Caring for our Country

This website has information regarding Caring for our Country which is one way the Australian Government funds environmental management of our natural resources by supporting communities, farmers and other land managers to protect Australia's natural environment and sustainability.


Sheep Genetics Website

The Sheep Genetics website gives producers information on ASBVs, Breeding tips and most importantly is the hub for LAMBPLAN, MERINO SELECT, and KIDPLAN. These programs have practical information for meat and wool sheep, and goat producers on the genetic potential of their animals and uses a national database of information.


LiceBoss

LiceBoss is a decision support system which can help woolgrowers control lice more effectively, minimise pesticide residues and reduce the cost of lice control.


Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars

The Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars’ website gives you access to blogs and reports from past scholars, current scholars and australian news and information on how to apply for your own scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Feral animal management in Australia

Feral animal management in Australia has information on how best to manage this presence to reduce agricultural and environmental impacts of feral animals in australia.
 


Invasive Animals CRC

The Invasive Animals CRC contains information from the largest integrated invasive animal research program in Australia.

The invasive animal CRC creates new technologies and integrated strategies to reduce the impact of invasive animals on Australia's economy, environment, and people.


Wild Dogs Fact Sheet

Wild Dogs Fact Sheet from the QLD Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Contains information on the management of Wild Dogs


Wild Dogs Control- QLD DAFF

Wild Dog Control, QLD Department of Agriculture website

This website contains information and a number of links to other valuable websites on this topic including management strategies.


Shearing Contractors' Association of Australia

The Shearing Contractors' Association of Australia is a national industry association, representing the interests of Australian shearing contractors. The website offers membership, and information on news and events, wool harvesting jobs, shearing supplies, finding contractors, and work cover links.

 

 


Climate Change

The Australian Governments, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Climate Change Website includes all of the relevant information on what you need to know about the topic.

 


Shearing World

The shearing world website contains information including available jobs, contractors, industry employers, competitions and a posting of current records.

 


Carbon Farming Initiative

The Carbon Farming Initiative website has all the information for farmers looking to earn carbon credits by storing carbon or reducing greenhouse emissions on the land.


Building a Profitable Bank Relationship

by Liz Guerin

Murphy’s Golden Rule states that whoever has the gold makes the rules. It was a rule that, in the 1980’s and early 90’s, many banks followed with their agricultural clients and this has resulted in many producers harbouring feelings of dread and distrust when faced with the prospect of dealing with banks (and bank managers).

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Celebrating Diversity: People, Place and Purpose

Report on Australian Rangelands Conference at Kununurra, Western Australia September 23-27, 2012
Kevin Ingram

This was a truly applicable theme for the 17th Biennial Australian Rangelands Society Conference held at the Kununurra Leisure Centre, Western Australia. I saw the range of landscape diversity from the East Kimberley Ranges, involving the Durack Family “Kings in Grass Castles” history, to the wildlife activity of the scenic waterways of Lake Argyle and the Ord River. Business diversity was evident in agriculture, horticulture, tourism and mining developments. From indigenous culture and art to future beef production programs, I had a truly extraordinary experience.

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Kununurra ARS Conference Report

By Angus Whyte

I flew into Darwin very early on Saturday (22nd) morning, spent a few hours going around the Parap markets and getting some supplies for the trip to Kununurra (850km). I had to wait as Annabel Walsh and Becky Kossler flew in to Darwin at 2pm, then we all drove to Katherine, then on to Kununurra on Sunday, arriving in Kununurra at about 3pm local time (to register), after some detours and sightseeing on the drive from Katherine (another story!).

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Weather Watch (November 2012)

by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)

Australia has the most variable climate of all agricultural producing countries; but last month that variation was ridiculous! On the 11th October we had snow around the Quorn district and the highest the temperature got that day was 14 degrees. Just 4 days later the temperature reached 35!

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AWI Market Intelligence - October 2012 report

This month, we shall provide some context for the current wool prices in Australia, and summarise relevant trade and financial news.

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New OJD entry requirements ratified

WoolProducers Australia and Sheepmeat Council of Australia

The National Ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) Management Committee has re-confirmed its intention to adhere to 1 January 2013 as the implementation date for the revised OJD management plan.

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PestSmart Factsheet: Fumigation for rabbit control

Fumigation is a valuable tool in successful rabbit management programs. It is an effective follow-up technique to poison baiting and warren ripping, and is a particularly useful control method in areas where other techniques cannot be used (eg poison baiting). Fumigation works by replacing the air in warrens with lethal gasses, which are in-turn inhaled by rabbits, causing them to suffocate and die.

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Providing a diversity of management to achieve a greater plant diversity

Paper submitted at the Rangelands Conference 2012

By Angus Whyte, Landholder Wyndham Station Wentworth NSW and Peter Jessop Rangeland Scientist DPI Dareton NSW

A bit of background and explanation of where we live, Wyndham is a 12,500ha property on the Anabranch River in Western NSW about 200km south of Broken Hill; we graze sheep and cattle as well as from time to time opportunistically crop some of our floodplain country. I’m a fourth generation landholder in the area, my parents live on another property about 20km away and we help them with the running of their property when required.

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Making sheds a ‘shear delight’

For all wool producers, shearing sheds are an important tool of the trade. Bestprac has spent the last month researching different shearing shed redevelopments to provide tips and learning’s to the Bestprac network.

The latest innovation case study, Making sheds a ‘shear delight’, includes two videos and two written reviews, providing different perspectives.

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Weather Watch (October 2012)

by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)

A spider has taken up residence in my rain gauge! Its thick web completely covers the top. However, I haven’t needed to evict it as we’ve had no rain for six weeks, and there’s nothing much in sight.

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Burra’s AWI Wool Clip: a great success

By Pene Keynes
The Burra AWI Wool Clip coordinated by Bestprac on 27th of September was a great success with over 50 wool producers and industry members in attendance. The guest presenters were received well by producers and provided very valuable information on subject matters ranging from production, animal husbandry and health and pasture management, to information on wool marketing trends and forecasts for new and emerging markets.

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New Age Wools – The Short Wools

By Sally Ware
Livestock Officer
NSW DPI Hay

Once known as “prem” wools and seen as a sign of a “last resort” management tool such as shearing early to control lice or flies, short wools are becoming “new age”. Mark Bazeley, principal owner of the wool broking business “Riverina Wool” which has been based in Moama in southern NSW for the past 30 years has been watching the change in demand from wool processors for these type of wools for a number of years.

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Sheep CRC Graduate Program - Best Baa None

By Liz Guerin
Training the next generation of agricultural scientists to service the shortfall in sheep industry needs and accelerate the delivery of innovation has been the objective of the CRC postgraduate program. With 70 students already moving through the program and completing Masters and PhD qualifications, the future of the sheep industry is looking bright.

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Cyromazine (eg Vetrazin) Resistant Flies - Bring out your Maggots!

PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Early in 2011 a sample of blowfly larvae collected from struck ewe lambs on a Nimmitabel property were submitted to NSW DPI (Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute) as a possible cyromazine1 breakdown. Wether lambs on the same property that had been treated with dicyclanil2 were not affected. The property had a long history of cyromazine and dicyclanil use but it was deduced that the ewe lambs had been under-dosed with a cyromazine spray-on product.

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The Merino Ewe – Bred Bullet Proof

Dr Mark Ferguson

It is a beautiful thing when science and stockmanship find some common ground. Such is the case for the recent realisation of the value of increasing the genetic fat and muscle in Merino ewes. In what could be described as parallel universes, two dedicated sheep teams made exactly the same discovery: The more genetic fat and muscle a Merino ewe has the better she handles the climatic extremes, that is, the more bullet proof she is.

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Rethink required for weed control – a serious threat

Mick Alexander

Pre 1990, our farming systems included a program of ploughing, scarifying and cultivating multiple times before planting a crop. This methodology had its drawback including loss of carbon, often serious erosion and loss of topsoil during high rainfall events.

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AgriLife research: Multi-paddock grazing is superior to continuous grazing

Mick Alexander

The most recent long-term study in Texas, USA, has verified the importance of rotational grazing for improving ecosystem health. Texas AgriLife Research scientists agree that multi-paddock grazing improves vegetation, soil health and animal production relative to continuous grazing in large-scale ranches. “The study measured the impacts on vegetation and soils achieved by commercial ranchers, who adapted management practices in response to changing circumstances to achieve desirable outcomes”, said Dr. Richard Teague, AgriLife Research rangeland ecology scientist.

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Ewe are what Ewe eat – Better Nutrition Improves Lambing Percentages

by Liz Guerin 

In Central Queensland, low lambing percentages have been the ‘norm’ in recent years. However, Longreach pastoralist, Pat Hegarty is bucking this trend, averaging 106% last season, and says his success is due largely to their sheep feeding and supplementation program. 

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AWI 2012 Flystrike R&D Technical Update

Andrew Miller, Bestprac PAP, member attended the AWI 2012 Flystrike R&D Technical Update on behalf of Bestprac.

The update was held in Sydney at the National Australian Maritime Museum. A number of speakers such as Daniel Brown, Johan Greef and John Larsen spoke about recent developments and research into fly strike. A few key points for pastoral producers are listed below. 

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Methodical progress with flystrike control

Research and development continues to explore ways to best protect the Australian sheep flock from breech strike.

At the latest AWI Breech Strike Research and Development Technical Update, overviews of recent field trials were presented across various projects.

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Spelling paddocks over summer- good for your pastures and your pocket

Nicole Sallur, Extension Officer, Agri-Science Queensland, DAFF

“I look after my pastures, the pastures look after my stock and my stock look after me!”

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South Australian Murray Darling Basin Soil Reclamation Project

Andrew Graham, Productive Nutrition.

Wind and water erosion are major factors that contribute to the loss of soil in the South Australia Murray Darling Basin (SA MDB) rangelands, particularly where ground cover has been eroded from drought or overgrazing. It is said that soil loss, through the degraded areas of the SA MDB rangelands, is between 330,000-440,000 tonnes per annum (Lewis 2009). The total value of this soil loss is estimated to be in excess of $600,000 per annum.

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Talking Goats in Ivanhoe

By Allie Jones
Graduate Officer – Sheep and Wool
Orange Agricultural Institute, NSW DPI


Over 50 people travelled to John Vagg’s property, ‘Orana’ Station, 33 km north-west of Ivanhoe, in early August to participate in a goat information day organised by NSW DPI and supported by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

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Producer Training - Sheep CRC

The Sheep CRC can provide the following training courses and workshops:

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Breeding Leadership Opportunities for Young Pastoralist

by Liz Guerin

It has been a busy and challenging twelve months for young Windorah pastoralist, Andrew Miller and his family. Having both worked on and managed many properties during the last 12 years, when the opportunity to lease 29 000 hectare Coniston station came up, the Millers’ jumped at the chance. 

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Sheep CRC: EID technology for sheep more affordable

Sheep CRC Press release

Advances in electronic identification (EID) systems are making precision management of sheep even more simple and affordable.

Nathan Scott, consultant with Mike Stevens & Associates based in Victoria, said producers don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve the benefits of EID for their sheep operation.

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Profitability of a Merino Sheep Enterprise - Doing the numbers and understanding the levers

Session notes from the Blackall and Stanthorpe AWI Wool Clip events.

Profitability of a Merino Sheep Enterprise - Doing the numbers and understanding the levers.


AWI proposes 60:40 Marketing:R&D split for WoolPoll 2012

AWI Press Release

The Board of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is recommending a change from the current 50:50 Marketing versus Research & Development investment split to a 60:40 ratio for the 2013/14 to 2015/16 strategic period.

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Select Twin-Bearing Ewes For More Lambs

Goondiwindi vet Dr Mike Rival sees many Merino wool producers fail to maximise the number of lambs on the ground through a lack of attention to ewe selection and nutrition.

The old adage of breeders to breed ‘one good lamb’ is faulty, Dr Rival says.
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Profitability of a Merino Sheep Enterprise

Rural Directions Pty Ltd presentation from the AWI Wool Clip events at Blackall and Stanthorpe.

Profitability of a Merino Sheep Enterprise - Doing the numbers and understanding the levers. Download Presentation.
 

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Breeding future leaders

The next generation of leaders within the wool industry has completed the 2012 Breeding Leadership Course, AWI’s professional development course for young woolgrowers.

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OJD management changes coming

Australia’s Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) Management Plan finishes at the end of this year. An extensive review of the plan has been undertaken which identified improvements to assist producers to control and prevent OJD.

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Flystrike workshops target SA pastoral producers

South Australian pastoral zone sheep producers are improving their flystrike management practices following a series of industry workshops held over the last six months.

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Scanning Pays

by Liz Guerin

For Luke and Sonja O’Connor, of Floods Creek and Mount Poole Stations, their decision to pregnancy scan their merino flock yearly has increased their profitability and given them opportunities to make more informed decisions.

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Weather Watch (July 2012)

Recently I attended a tourism meeting where we discussed the pioneering history of the Flinders Ranges. It got me thinking about how the early settlers coped with, and more often didn’t cope with, drought.
 
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Genetic and Genomic research

Dear Woolgrowers and Industry Stakeholders,

I wanted to write to you to confirm Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is committed to meaningful and relevant genetic and genomic research. However to gain investment, projects must show a feasible plan for industry uptake.

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Worm management and drench resistance

FAST FACTS

  • Green pastures mean that worms will be active, but early diagnosis using worm egg counts and effective drenches (passing resistance tests) should reduce impacts on growth rates, wool cuts and staple strength.
  • Whilst resistance is the inevitable outcome of using worm drenches, strategies can slow its development.
  • Tools such as the Making More From Sheep manual and WormBoss can help woolgrowers manage worms and other sheep parasites for maximum profitability.
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Telecommunications anywhere, anytime

by Liz Guerin
Being able to communicate is a vital part of society and now Australian researchers from Flinders University, Adelaide, are working to ensure everyone has access to telecommunications.

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Carbon Farming in the Rangelands – What does it mean for the landholder?

By Jane Garrett

The WA Group ran it’s Climate Change Workshop at Hamelin Station on 18th and 19th May with session leader David Galloway from Ferart Design & Northwest Carbon.

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Weather Watch (June 2012)

by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)

This month I’ll mention some weather information available from a variety of sources: the internet, mobile phones, television and even a higher power!

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Heat and ewe body temperature do influence joining

By Greg Curran
Veterinary Officer and Technical Specialist
NSW DPI Broken Hill

Flock scanning in the far north-west by Cousins Merino Services has shown, for the first time, that high daytime temperatures during joining combined with high ewe body temperatures reduces fertility. 

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The National OJD Management Plan 2012-2017 - What you need to know

Why do we need a National OJD Management Plan?
Ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) is a silent but costly disease. Sheep may look healthy but shed high numbers of bacteria and spread the infection before the disease becomes apparent.

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PestSmart YouTube channel

The PestSmart YouTube channel contains clips of practical instructions on a range of pest animal control methods, new products and monitoring techniques.

The PestSmart Toolkit provides comprehensive management information packages on several key vertebrate pest species in Australia including rabbits, wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs, feral cats, carp, and tilapia. More information: Invasive Animal CRC


Feral pigs in Australia videos

 

Pigs arrived in Australia with the First Fleet and today feral populations inhabit around 40% of Australia. Feral pigs cause agricultural damage through predation of newborn lambs, reduction in crop yields, damage to fences and water sources, and competition with stock for feed by consuming or damaging pasture. They also are considered a major threat to stock as a potential carrier of exotic diseases.

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Weather Watch - May 2012

By Susan Carn

In mid April I went to the Adelaide Bureau of Meteorology Climate Forum, thanks to an invite from Darren Ray (Senior Meteorologist/Climatologist). It was attended by representatives from government and industry, for example SA Water, PIRSA, CFS, Windfarms etc.

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Poor lamb-marking percentages? Let’s ‘webinar’ the topic!

By Allie Jones, Livestock Extension Officer and Charlotte Cavanagh, Veterinary Officer, NSW DPI (Bourke)

Staff from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPA) received numerous reports of low conception and lamb marking rates during 2011. The reports came from producers who had expected good results, given the good seasonal conditions, and were having trouble explaining and understanding the poor results. Similar reports were received from a number of regions across a large part of NSW.

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National wool production recovery checked

  • The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee has slightly reduced its forecast for 2011/12 to 345mkg, the same level as in 2010/11 and down by 1.4% from the December 2011 forecast.
  • While sheep numbers have risen, the expected improvements in fleece weight have not materialised in all regions.
  • Seasonal conditions continue to be good in many areas and grower confidence remains strong, with recent producer survey results showing a continued intent to increase sheep numbers.
  • The Committee’s first projection for 2012/13 has been set at 350 mkg, driven largely by an expected increase in opening sheep numbers and in the number of sheep to be shorn.
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Ever wondered if you’re making a difference? The truth is, without even trying, everything you do is changing the universe

There is rarely a linear path to create an idea or business. Every decision you make, every action you take in your business, has a flow on effect. The circumstance, the market, the business changes with each decision made.

http://anthillonline.com/

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Award winning business strategies for rangeland producers

This case study focuses on Andrew Dufty, a successful and motivated farmer from western Victoria. Andrew has a message and focus that can be applied to any business; including rangeland businesses.

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Webinars – Bringing the Information to You

by Liz Guerin

Keeping up to date with the latest information or innovations has always been a responsibility of producers. However in pastoral areas, this becomes an additional challenge for producers when the tyranny of distance is considered.

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Weather Watch - April 2012

by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)

Last month I was fortunate enough to attend the National Press Club lunch in Canberra to celebrate the Climate Champion Program. I am one of 34 farmers from different regions and enterprises across Australia who are working with scientists to bring climate research to the paddock, and we let researchers know what climate tools and information farmers need.

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Dr Hugh Pringle, Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU) - Australian Story 5/3/12

Australian Story Link
EMU™ is a trademarked, not-for-profit process that builds on existing local land managers knowledge of the land and its management.


Precision Sheep Management training

Developed by Sheep CRC - A series of recordings from live webinars with an audience of sheep producers interested in introducing Precision Sheep Management to their enterprises, are now available for download.  Click here to view.


Bred Well Fed Well Workshops

These free, one-day workshops are supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and the Sheep Cooperative Research Centre (Sheep CRC) as a part of a national program to increase sheep industry productivity.

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Using eID for Sheep Management & Breeding Course

This short course is designed for sheep breeders to increase their understanding of the technology, data collection and analysis. Participants will develop the skills and confidence to effectively implement eID within their enterprise. More Information


Flystrike Management Workshops

Flystrike and Lice Management workshops will be held at locations around Australia and will provide information for sheep producers on an integrated approach to managing breech strike and body strike. More information

 

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Reducing the Flystrike Risk

By Liz Guerin
Flystrike costs the sheep industry around $280 million per year in the form of lost productivity, mortality and costs of control. Recent high rainfall and warm conditions across Australia have meant optimal fly conditions and whilst productivity loss has been the result for many sheep producers, there have also been flocks that have ‘survived’ these wet seasons with very low levels of strike.

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Weather Watch - March 2012

by Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)

Gosh it’s autumn already! Summer was cooler and a bit wetter than usual here, which was a nice change. This can be attributed to the current La Niña. During La Niña phases, temperatures tend to be below normal, particularly over northern and eastern parts of Australia. The cooling is relatively strongest during the October to March period.

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Media release: National website pinpoints pest animals

You can now go online www.feralscan.org.au to map where wild dogs, feral goats and starlings occur anywhere across Australia, to record sightings, damage and control activities to help manage these pests.

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Are the principles of Life Time Ewe Management (LTEM) applicable to pastoral areas?

Yes.

Will pastoral sheep producers benefit from participation in a LTEM group? Again yes.

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AW Howard Memorial Study Awards

AW Howard Memorial Study Awards for Australian Grazing or Rangeland Extension Consultants, Advisers and Agribusiness Specialists; and Australian Graziers or Rangelands Pastoralists.

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FarmDay

FarmDay is when a farm family hosts a city family for a day of real hands-on experiences and a greater understanding of the day-to-day life of the farming family  >> www.farmday.com.au
 


Farmsafe Australia

Improve your businesses safety systems and procedures to improve your productivity >> www.farmsafe.org.au


Global Climate Change

NASA's eye on the earth >> http://climate.nasa.gov/


Making More from Pastures

A one-stop information package delivering the essential processes for a successful beef business.
>> www.mla.com.au/research-and-development/extension-and-training/more-beef-from-pastures


Safe Work Australia

Changes to all OH&S Acts that will affect all employers and employees from January 2012 >> www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au


Stress

Submitted from a Bestprac member

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Nuffield scholarship a life-changing opportunity

Applications for the 2013 round of Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships will open on the 1st April 2012.

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Key Farm Financial Benchmarks

What should I be monitoring?

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EMU™ takes flight in the Rangelands

By Liz Guerin
EMU™ numbers are taking off in the arid lands of South Australia – and according to Coober Pedy based NRM officer, Janet Walton, this is a good thing!

We are of course referring to the number of pastoral properties participating in the Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU)™ project, and not the long legged, feathered variety.

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Water Technology Day: Narromine, 13 December 2011

By Mark Gardner

On the 13th December some 32 producers and industry people gathered to look at and discuss new water monitoring technology and to see some in action on Mike and Meg Bennett’s property “Kirkton” Narromine, some 45 km west of Dubbo, on the banks of the Macquarie River.

The day show cased some of the latest technology related to water monitoring.

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Weather Watch - Feb 2012

By Susan Carn

This year had an exciting start for the Carn’s - the wrong kind of excitement – a Bushfire!

It was located between our home, just south of Quorn, and Wilmington. Although it didn’t ever get closer than about 10kms, it was still rather frightening for me. Ben was off fighting it for most of two days, leaving me with nothing to do but make a “leaving plan” and track the fire and weather on the internet.

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NSW Version of Climate Dogs – Released

The Climate Smart Agriculture Team have released the NSW version of the Climate Dogs.

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National program for Ovine Johne’s Disease supported and set to continue

Sheepmeat Council of Australia and WoolProducers Australia will continue a national program for the control and prevention of Ovine Johne’s Disease after June 2012.

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Attracting and retaining staff in Australia’s beef, sheep and pastoral wool industries

The fact sheets on how the beef and pastoral industries can improve staff attraction and retention strategies is based on the findings of Final Report B.NBP.0370 Attracting and retaining staff in Australia’s beef, sheep and pastoral wool industries.

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Organics Gives Business Flexibility...but also Frustration

by Liz Guerin
Close to ten years ago, Steve Cresswell and family changed from merinos to white dorpers in order to take advantage of lower production costs and ease of management.

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Researching the sheep WOW factor…

A Sheep CRC research trial is underway to establish the fit of ‘Mob-based Walk Over Weighing’ technology

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E-sheep Innovation and Co-operation a Winning Combination

By Liz Guerin
Blackall and Benlidi Bestprac Group look at Electronic sheep management technology.

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Managing a Variable Climate - On-Farm Strategies

During 2009 and 2010 Bestprac has been delivering a FarmReady Industry Grant Project; “Implementing new practices to manage climate change variability in the Australian Pastoral Zone”.

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FlyBoss – valuable information for the flystrike season

Record recent rains through inland Queensland, NSW and Victoria - and the forecast for more rain over summer - has the sheep industry on a flystrike watch.
 

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Guardian Dog Manual

Designed to equip land managers with the knowledge to be self-reliant in livestock and property protection against wild dogs, foxes and other predators >> Guardian Dog Manual

 

 


Bred Well Fed Well campaign gets underway in Qld

By Lloyd Dunlop, Lamb Consultant, Goondiwindi
 

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Superior genes for super sheep

Sheep CRC

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Farm Innovation in the broadacre and dairy industries 2006 - 07 and 2007 - 08

ABARE Report: "Farm Innovation in the broadacre and dairy industries 2006 - 07 and 2007 - 08"
Report available on ABARE website


Australian Pastoral Property Innovation Manual

Australian Pastoral Property Innovation Manual - order now

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Bestprac Current Project

Implementing new practices to manage climate change variability in the Australian pastoral zone

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FarmReady Reimbursement Grant

Eligible participants are able to claim up to $1500 per financial year to attend FarmReady-registered courses >>  www.farmready.gov.au


Cooperation and Connections Key to Rangelands Sustainability

By Liz Guerin
Passionate about sustainability, Ben is the Production and Environmental Manager of his family’s 513 000 hectare

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Going for gold – with Lifetime Ewe Management

Sheep CRC News Release
Sheep producers are on to a winner with the innovative Lifetime Ewe Management program.
 

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Sheep Worms Still A Threat In Pastoral Districts

Arthur LeFeuvre, WormBoss
 

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Wormboss

Go to www.wormboss.com.au and subscribe to the monthly worm news. It’s free and keeps you updated on worm activity in your part of the world


It’s ewe time!’ – making sheep even more productive

Making More from Sheep Forums

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Flinders Merino - Opening Opportunities and Communication in Wool Marketing

By Liz Guerin 
In a semi arid area where options for increasing wool clip profitability through means such as reducing micron are limited, strategies which improve wool marketing are vital

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Is Algae the Key to De-Risking Food Supply?

By Jane Garrett, Gascoyne Bestprac Group Facilitator
Road Trip, May 2010

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Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Centre

The Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Centre: Australia’s largest integrated invasive animal research program.

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Feral.org.au

This website and database contains information on vertebrate pest animal species in Australia and New Zealand. Browse the site for general information or use the search function for more specific results. >> www.feral.org.au


Feral Scan

Help map the feral animal sightings in your area >> www.feralscan.org.au


AWI Update on Strategy for Flystrike Control

New strategy for flystrike control - Progress to date
Source: AWI (18 April 2011)


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Innovation a way of life

By Liz Guerin
If a nagging idea of how to do things better has kept you up at night, or if you’ve woken at 2am with a brilliant solution to a problem, then you are not alone.

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McDonald - Leads the way in Grazing BMP

Central Queensland graziers Graeme and Susan McDonald are demonstrating best-practice grazing management (Grazing BMP) on their property “Albeni”
By Mick Alexander

 

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Scanning Ewes makes 'Cents'

By Geoff Duddy, Livestock Officer (Sheep & Wool), Industry & Investment NSW
It is estimated that around 32% of the national ewe flock are scanned annually with an increasing number of producers now identifying litter size.

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Calling all farmers to open their gates this FarmDay

“We’ve found that the city families who have participated in FarmDay are now our greatest advocates in metropolitan areas and are educating their friends and family on the importance of supporting Australia’s farmers.

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Enterprise Based Conservation

By Liz Guerin
For most producers, knowing that they are looking after their land well is it’s own reward.

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Wilcannia Bestprac Tour of South Africa

By Sally Ware, Livestock Officer (Sheep and Wool), I & I NSW, Hay

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Wild Dog funding to protect the nation’s flock and wildlife

Provided by AWI
Local woolgrower groups are taking action to protect their sheep flocks against wild dogs.
 

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PSM unveils new world of possibilities

A step into the world of high-tech livestock identification and weighing is opening up a realm of new opportunities to drive sheep production for NSW Central West farmers, Ray and Belinda Haigh.
Provided by Sheep CRC

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Managing Breech Flystrike

AWI has released a new publication to help producers tackle breech flystrike. The 'Managing Breech Flystrike' Publication is designed to help producers reduce their flock’s flystrike risk and develop an effective flystrike control plan.

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Sheep Genetics Australia

Sheep Genetics is the national genetic information and evaluation service for the meat and wool sectors of the sheep industry delivered as LAMBPLAN and MERINOSELECT. >> www.sheepgenetics.org.au


Making More from Sheep

AWI and MLA have joined forces to develop Making More From Sheep, a best practice package of information, tools and learning opportunities for Australian sheep producers. >> www.makingmorefromsheep.com.au


ASBVs – Sprinting to Improve Performance

By Liz Guerin
Regardless of the type of livestock enterprise you are involved in, achieving production and performance should be one of your main objectives. Whether it’s bales of wool, lambs weaned, live weight of animals – it is the interaction between the genetics and environment that adds up to performance and that’s what makes you money.

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Handy Math - solutions for technicians

Excellent resource for all the calculations you do in your business such as working out the volume of fuel tanks.
http://www.handymath.com/


Climate Control

by Liz Guerin

Anyone who works on the land will tell you that they are at the mercy of climate.

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Futurewise - weather tool

Developed by Grain Growers Limited’s Commercial Services Division, and “It provides rural landholders and other industry stakeholders with information about Australia’s climatic history, current season conditions and long term climate prospects”.

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Wool Production Forecast confirms three per cent rise

Press Release - AWI

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Carbon Farming – Bestprac Group Webinar

By Wendy Davidson
Leonard Cohen from Canopy addressed the Flinders Merino Bestprac group, in September 2011, to discuss Carbon Farming. Leonard spoke extensively about the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) being administered by the Department of Climate Change, Energy and Efficiency.

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Pastoral Tourism - Cashing in on Natural Assets

by Liz Guerin

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AWI newsletter November 2011

http://node3.au.trclient.com/4562/online/18210328-169.html


Take the next step with electronic ID

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

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NSW Livestock Health and Pest Authorities

Livestock Health and Pest Authorities deliver the frontline livestock health service in NSW. http://www.lhpa.org.au/


Disappointing lamb marking raises more questions than answers

By Allie Jones, Livestock Extension Officer (Sheep and Wool)
NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services
 

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Carbon Farming Initiative & the Carbon Tax

With the Federal Government’s carbon legislation now passed, many wool growers may be wondering what impact the Carbon Tax will have on their existing operations, or how they can take part in a carbon economy.

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Managing Invasive Animals

More information, including dates and locations of PestSmart Roadshows can be found at www.feral.org.au/pestsmart.

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Invasive Animals CRC Tools to manage the (In)Famous Four

By Liz Guerin
Over the last seven years the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC) has developed more than twelve new species-targeted, humane and environmentally friendly tools for the management of invasive animal species such as wild dogs, foxes, cats and rabbits...

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Lower Nebine Trials Zoom-in on Pest Options

Unbeknown to the wild dogs, pigs, cats and foxes of the Nebine catchment, Candid Camera of a different sort has arrived in the area with the recent delivery of remote monitoring equipment to the Lower Nebine Bestprac Group.

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Biteback

For producers living south of the Dog Fence in the sheep pastoral zone of the SA Arid Lands region, wild dogs have become an increasing problem.

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Weather Watch

Susan and Ben Carn run a 10,000 hectare property just out of Quorn in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia.

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Big Day Out at Tilpa October 2011

Sally Ware, Livestock Officer, NSW DPI, Hay
 

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Moving Beyond Reasonable Drought

By John Squires
Doug and Wendy Avery of Bonavaree Farm Co Ltd in Marlborough, New Zealand, visited Australia in August to present information at the National Bestprac Forum which was held in Hawker.

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The Sheep CRC

The Sheep CRC, includes all of Australia's leading sheep industry organizations in a program aimed at transforming wool, meat and the sheep that produce them. >> Go to Sheep CRC website

 


Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is a producer-owned company, working in partnership with industry and government to achieve a profitable and sustainable red meat and livestock industry in Australia. >> go to  MLA website
 


Australian Wool Innovation

Australian Wool Innovation is a not-for-profit company owned by over 29,000 Australian woolgrowers. AWI invests in research, development, innovation and marketing along the global supply chain for Australian wool. >> go to AWI website


Climate Change Resources

Bestprac has received funding through the FarmReady program to undertake the project

‘Implementing new practices to manage climate change variability in the Australian Pastoral zone’

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Australian Farm Institute Research Reports

>> go to Australian Farm Institute Research Reports


MLA Climate Change Resource Centre

MLA has made it easy for sheep producers to access a range of resources on the impact of climate change on Australian livestock industries including tips on adapting to these impacts. >> go to MLA Climate Change Resource Centre website


Australian Farm Institute BLOG

The Ag Forum is a chat room for discussion of current issues in Australian and international agriculture policy. Join the conversation today!
>> go to Australian Farm Institute BLOG


Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

The department is responsible for implementing the Australian Government's policies to protect our environment and heritage, and to promote a sustainable way of life.
>> Go to the DSEWPC website

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Climate Change Australia

OzClim enables you to generate and explore Australian climate scenarios. You can choose from a selection of most requested scenarios or create your own scenario.

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Land and Water Australia

Knowledge for managing Australian Landscapes 1990 - 2009

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Grants and Assistance

Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry

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Participative Action Research

Participative Action Research, or PAR as it is known, is a process by which producers have significant inputs into defining research needs, designing and executing the trial projects. While common in “inside country”, it is not as common in the Rangelands.

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Harvey family - Economic Strategy

Coping with a variable climate: Making the most from every drop of rainfall
Eric, Wendy, Luke and Karissa Harvey, Dubbo, in Central West NSW
Prepared by Mark Gardner (Vanguard Business Services) with Eric Harvey

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John Parnell - Environmental Strategy

The Use Of Old Man Saltbush In Assisting With A Changing Climate And Noting The Production Consequences
Glenroy Estate, Via Carrieton, South Australia
Prepared by John Parnell with Wendy Davidson (Wendy Davidson Enterprises)

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Working Together

Think Tank: Ensuring Sustainability and Embracing Change in the SA Rangelands
Prepared by Chelsea March (Rural Directions Pty Ltd)

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South West Climate Change Forum, Victoria

The Forum was a unique group of primary industry and planning groups formed in 2007 to help south-west Victoria’s primary producers adapt and prepare for changes in climate and climate variability.

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The Changing Climate

Impacts and adaptation options for South Australian primary producers
Elliot Dwyer – Primary Industries and Resources SA
Elizabeth Gunner and Karen Shepherd – Rural Solutions SA

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Tools and Resources for Managing Climate Change

Presentation by Tom Wiley at the Climate Forum WA 2010

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Grow Algae: Mitigate Greenhouse Emissions and Produce Food for your Livestock

Helen Scott, Founder CO2 Algae
Presentation at Climate Forum WA, May 2010

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Tapping Your Carbon Well

Mark Alchin, Industry Development – Pastoral, Department of Agriculture and Food
Presentation at the Climate Forum, WA, May 2010

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Coping With Climate Change

Climate Change and the Pastoral Industry in the Murchison - A Case Study
Peter Nash, Senior Consultant, Coastal Zone Management Pty Ltd
presented at Climate Change Forum WA, May 2010

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AWI Market Update 2011

Future price fundamentals for Australian wool
Presentation by Dr Paul Swan at the Bestprac National Forum 2011

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MLA Meat Market Update - sheep, goats, beef

Presentation by Richard Apps at the Bestprac National Forum 2012

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Gain from Genetics

Sheep Genetics Update
Presentation by Luke Stephens MERINOSELECT at the Bestprac National Forum 2011

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Tourism in the Rangelands

Presentation by Brendan and Carmel Reynolds at the Bestprac National Forum 2011

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Marketing Pastoral Lamb

Presentation By Jamie McTaggart at the Bestprac National Forum 2011

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Management Systems on Three Rivers Station

Presentation by Ben Forsyth at the Bestprac National Forum 2011

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Ecosystem Management Understanding in Arid Lands

Presentation by Janet Walton at the Bestprac National Forum 2011

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Principles of Succession Planning

Presentation by John Squires at Bestprac National Forum 2011

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Seasonal Influences on Reproduction

Michelle Cousin's presentation to the Bestprac National Forum  2011

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Flystrike Management

Lu Hogans presentation to the Bestprac National Forum 2011

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Electronic Resources to Understand Climate

Presentation by Susan Carn to the Bestprac National Forum, August 2011

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Rangeland Renewal - 2011 National Bestprac Forum

Forum Presentations available to review

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Ben and Susan Carn - Technological Strategy

“Wootoona” Near Quorn in the Upper North of South Australia
Prepared by John Squires (Rural Directions Pty Ltd) with Ben and Susan Carn

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Graham and Cathy Finlayson - Environmental Strategy

Bokhara Plains, 35km North of Brewarrina, NSW
Prepared by Sally Ware (NSW Department of Industry & Investment) with Graham and Cathy Finlayson

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Justin and Julie McClure - Economic Strategy

“Kallara”, Darling River flood plain at Tilpa, Western NSW
Prepared by Sally Ware (NSW Department of Industry & Investment) with Justin and Julie McClure

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Exotic Sheep Breed Management in the Rangelands

These guidelines have been formed as a result of the Envirofund/PIRD funded project ‘improving hardy sheep containment in the rangelands’. They are to be used as guidelines only for Best Practice Management.

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Weather Watch - December 2011

By Susan Carn (Hawker/Blinman Bestprac Group)

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Weather Watch - November 2011

by Susan Carn

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Weather Watch - October 2011

by Susan Carn

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Weather Watch - September 2011

by Susan Carn

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Doing the 6-month shear

By Sally Ware
Livestock Officer Sheep & Wool
Department of Primary Industries – Hay
Phone: 02 6993 1608

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Want a better cut?

Eight out of ten shearers could make more money just by giving their handpiece, combs and cutters a little more attention.

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Weather Watch - August 2011

by Susan Carn

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Pestsmart Thinking In Practical Pest Animal Management

Invasive Animal CRC launches PestSmart toolkits.

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Weaning Innovation inspires Nuffield Study

After some strong results and positive experiences with pen weaning, James Robertson of Chowilla Station near Renmark, is preparing to learn more about intensive livestock management as the recipient of a 2011 Nuffield scholarship supported by Australian Wool Innovation.

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Weather Watch - July 2011

by Susan Carn

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Vitamin Vaccines – Snake oil or Sensible?

by Geoff Duddy, Livestock Officer (Sheep & Wool), Industry & Investment NSW
Vitamin and mineral supplements are normally only beneficial when a deficiency exists or as a preventative when a problem is expected. Unfortunately producers are seldom sure of the need or, importantly, the cost benefits associated with the timing and value of many vitamin supplements.

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Weather Watch - June 2011

by Susan Carn

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Weather Watch - May 2011

by Susan Carn

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Weather Watch - April 2011

by Susan Carn

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Weather Watch - March 2011

by Susan Carn

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Weather Watch - February 2011

by Susan Carn

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Weather Watch - January 2011

by Susan Carn

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Roadshow to Rehydrate Queensland

By Mick Alexander, Grazing BestPrac

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‘Bore-ing’ Chores made simpler with Telemetry

By Liz Guerin

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Merino Super Sires 16 Released

The latest Merino Superior Sires has been released onto the Merino Superior Sires website and can be downloaded now at www.merinosuperiorsires.com.au

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Blinman/Hawker Bestprac Group Report

By John Squires, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

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On the Road in South Africa

By Sally Ware, I & I NSW

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New breeding values help to breed against flystrike

Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBV) for dag and breech cover have been launched by Sheep Genetics.

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Recognising sheep in the natural carbon cycle

The Wool Carbon Alliance (WCA) has resolved to reset the carbon agenda and recognise the role sheep play in the natural carbon cycle, a role not properly recognised under current carbon accounting protocols.
 

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Innovation Corner

Innovation 1 - Prevent shedding sheep from damaging fencing. 
Innovation 2 - Keeping troughs clean. 
Innovation 3 - Atlex stockyards.
 

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Moving Ahead with Rotational Grazing

By Liz Guerin
Today, the Sleep’s are passionate converts to rotational (or cell) grazing and convinced more than ever of the benefits for their land and business

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Lifetime Ewe Management in the pastoral zone

Deb Maxwell, Sheep CRC
The Lifetime Ewe Management program aims to optimise production of both meat and wool from ewes and their progeny...
 

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Want to get more out of your saltbush?

Lauren Costin, Productive Nutrition
Productive Nutrition are independent agricultural consultants based in South Australia and are using their experience and expertise in livestock nutrition to investigate saltbush and its value to livestock grazing systems.
 

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National Guidelines for Intensive Sheep Feeding Systems

Productive Nutrition
After three years of development and consultation with stakeholders, the National Procedures and Guidelines for Intensive Sheep and Lamb Feeding Systems, Edition 1, is now complete and available to download.
 

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WILD DOGS – Successful Strategies for Control

By Liz Guerin
Wild dogs do unquestionable damage to sheep flocks and in many instances have been the primary factor contributing to producers moving out of sheep industries.
 

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WILD DOGS - Community Co-operation

By Liz Guerin
In 2007 the Blackwater Dog Trust, confronted with an increasing dog problem, decided that they needed to reinvigorate group participation and momentum in order to begin addressing the issue.

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WILD DOGS - Guardian Dogs

By Liz Guerin
Dunluce, owned by Ninian & Ann Stewart-Moore is now the most northerly sheep property in the Flinders Shire and possibly Queensland following many sheep graziers leaving the industry for numerous reasons, including wild dogs.

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Dubbo Forum report: managing in a variable climate

By Mark Gardner

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Flystrike Webinar available for you to view on the Sheep CRC website

During August, Bestprac delivered a Flystike Management webinar that was hosted by the Sheep CRC.

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FlyBoss all good at Goondiwindi

Mark and Vicki Murphy, ‘Karbullah’ via Goondiwindi have moved-on from a ‘cure’ approach to flystrike.

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Wild Dog Control

Feral dogs maim and kill sheep, AWI has two major projects in wild dog control.

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Sheep and wool studies

University of New England (UNE) offers the most comprehensive range of sheep and wool units in Australia.

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Precision Sheep Management Webinars

The Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation webinars are available on the CRC website.

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Time Spent Off-Farm Most Profitable

By Liz Guerin

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Managing non- mulesing – A Producer Perspective

by Liz Guerin

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Programs designed to replace traditional mulesing with welfare-improved practices – non surgical alternatives

The Australian wool industry has done extensive research to find an effective intradermal agent.

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National Wool Declaration (NWD) – the industry perspective

By Liz Guerin

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Snowgum offer

Australian outdoor clothing company Snowgum is offering Australian woolgrowers a 20% discount off the price of its Australian superfine Merino apparel.

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July Feature: Business Boot Camp

By Liz Guerin

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Decline in Plant Poisonings in Western NSW

By Greg Curran
Regional Veterinary Officer
NSW Dept Industry & Investment

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The FlyBoss takes off

A major resource for the entire Australian sheep industry has been launched.

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Think Tank: Ensuring Sustainability and Embracing Change in the SA Rangelands

As part of the DAFF Funded project a forum was held in Orroroo, SA, on June 28.

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Capitalise on a ‘Carbon Based Economy’

Climate Change in Western Australia: Positioning Your Industry to Capitalise on a ‘Carbon Based Economy’
By Jane Garrett
 

 

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Damara is Delicious

By Lloyd Dunlop
Dudley fell in love with the taste of Damara. “I first tasted Damara meat while working in South Africa a decade ago.

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Closing the gap between average and top sheep producers

"Making More From Sheep" Program- co-owned by  Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

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New OH&S laws for all

What are the model work health and safety laws? Why do we need model work health and safety laws?

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Climate Change Forum WA 2010

Held 10 May 2010, Monkey Mia, WA

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50 000 reasons to make every lamb count

.. as the breeding component of the flock continues to drop, producers must make every lamb count.."

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Rain Brings Worm Threat

Heavenly blessings often come with a curse.

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Innovation Corner - getting around a wet paddock

Stuart Mitchell, PAP Chairperson, submitted another innovation this month - for those of you with wet paddocks!

 

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Praise for UQ rural education initiative

A University of Queensland centre, Rangelands Australia, has become the first University-based initiative to be recognised by an Australian Rural Education Award

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Best Practice Health

Step 4: Nutrition

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Australia's Declining Sheep Flock

Implications for the Sheep CRC and the Australian sheep industry
With thanks to Sheep CRC
 

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Bestprac Group Snapshots from around the Country

Group reports for 2009 activities provided by group facilitators Chelsea Muster, Sally Ware and Jane Garrett.

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Breathing Underwater: Climate Change Mitigation Policy and WA Land Use

Charles Crouch, Principal Economist, DEC Office of Climate Change
Presentation at Climate Forum WA, May 2010

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Climate Variability and Change in the Rangelands of WA

Ian Foster, Research Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food

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Best Practice Health

Step 3: Exercise

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Climate Change in the Australian Pastoral Zone

- the impacts, issues and tools available

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Best Practice Health

 Step 2:  Motivation

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AWI with a LiceSense to Kill

Australian Wool Innovation is helping growers make sense of the increasing problem of lice infestations with a new extension program known as LiceSense.

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Putting it together at “Etiwanda”

Mark Gardner, Vanguard Business Services, NSW
On 2 and 3 July 2009 a dozen people undertook a car convoy trip from Coonamble to Cobar and Nyngan as part of the Innovations project.

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Best Practice Health

 

Step 1:  Your Health Check

Rod Fardell, Body Options
 

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WA Innovation Road Trip to Cheela Plains

Jane Garrett, WA Bestprac Group Facilitator

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SA Road Trip Report - 2009

 

Chelsea Muster (Rural Directions Pty Ltd)

Cell grazing, planting saltbush, meat sheep, organics, hinge joint fencing and much, much more

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Churinga's Rangeland Conservation Program

By Trudie Atkinson, NSW DPI, Trangie and Sally Ware,NSW DPI, Hay

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Dubbo Innovation Forum Report

Dubbo 24 August 2009

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Lower Nebine Road Trip Report - 2009

We were late, we were forgotten, we were early- we had a ball!

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Going Goat Trading "Big Time"

By Sally Ware, NSW DPI, Hay

Low prices, coupled with the dry seasons were the catalyst for Rick and Jo Gates to look for alternative sources of income on their property “Burndoo”.

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Sulphur in the Mulga Lands

Fran Brownhalls, Cunnamulla, Qld

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Attracting and Retaining Staff in the Australian Pastoral Industry - Part 1

Summary of Key Findings

By Nandi Herholdt, The Ryder Self Group

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Attracting and Retaining Staff in the Aust Pastoral Industry - Part 2

Industry Feedback

By Nandi Herholdt, The Ryder Self Group

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Determining Cost of Production

By Chelsea Muster, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

What are the key profit drivers in your livestock business? How can profit be influenced or increased?

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Lag v Lead Indicators

 

By Chelsea Muster, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

Which are you using, LEAD or LAG indicators?

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Innovation Corner - Bore Pulling Winch

By Brian and Margie Rowe, Carrieton Bestprac Group

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Innovation Corner - Sheep Measurement at Etiwanda

By Sally Ware, NSW DPI

Andrew and Megan Mosely believe it is very important to have an objective measurement of the genetic performance of their sheep

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Free "Pick of the Draft" DVD on Clip Preparation

By Mary Goodacre, AWI

Woolgrowers could literally save themselves thousands of dollars by taking simple steps to improve their pre-sale clip preparation.

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Innovative Crutching System Will Cut Your Costs

By Wayne Perkins, Perkinz Managing Director

The "CrutchMaster" is a simple effective solution for crutching and comes either as a stationery or mobile unit, from one to three stands.

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Bayer Animal Health - Mulesing Update

By Natasha Morley, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

Report from Bayer Animal Health information sessions about alternatives to mulesing.

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Terra Madre 2008 - Turin, Italy

By Stuart Mitchell - "Cashel Vale", Bollon, Q.

During October 2008, I was privileged to be given the opportunity to participate in The Natural Fibres forum at the Slow Food conference, Terra Madre in Turin, Italy.

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Responsive Grazing Management Tool Now Available for South Australia

By Chelsea Muster, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

Three years in the making, and here it is! South Australian Pastoral producers now have a set of responsive grazing management tools that are specifically designed for South Australian land systems.

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www.wool.com

By Australian Wool Innovation Ltd

AWI is pleased to launch www.wool.com, the premier online destination for the Australian Merino wool industry.

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Fly baits for Fly control

By Chelsea Muster (Rural Directions Pty Ltd)

At a recent combined North East Eastern Districts and Yunta Bestprac meeting, members shared how the use of Fly Baits (or Fly Traps) has been successful in helping control fly numbers on their properties.

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Business Planning

By Carlyn Mellors (Rural Directions Pty Ltd)

Why undertake a business plan?

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New Year Goals

 By Carlyn Mellors (Rural Directions Pty Ltd)

As we move into a new year it is important to reflect on the year that was and set goals for the year ahead.

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Holistic Management: Thinking About the WHOLE System

By Chelsea Muster, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

The Mosely Family, based at Cobar, NSW, have adopted the holistic management principles to their business, working on balancing social, environmental and economic outcomes, both now and for future generations.

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My Strategy for Breech Modification

Update from Stuart Mitchell, PAP Chairperson

In September this year, on behalf of the Bestprac network, I attended a breech blowfly strike control research update sponsored by AWI in Sydney...

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Water Management Is Important Too!

 By Chelsea Muster, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

A recent workshop held at North Well Station, in the North East, has highlighted the importance of water budgeting and analysis of water quality to pastoralists.

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