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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Australian Pastoral Property Innovation Manual

Australian Pastoral Property Innovation Manual - order now

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

Making More from Sheep Forums

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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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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


AWI Update on Strategy for Flystrike Control

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


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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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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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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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Wool Production Forecast confirms three per cent rise

Press Release - AWI

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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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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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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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Big Day Out at Tilpa October 2011

Sally Ware, Livestock Officer, NSW DPI, Hay
 

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Flystrike Management

Lu Hogans presentation to the Bestprac National Forum 2011

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The FlyBoss takes off

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

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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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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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Australia's Declining Sheep Flock

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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