It's Ewe Time forums aims to help northern NSW sheep producers

Photo: File.
Photo: File.

Challenging seasonal conditions for sheep producers in Northern New South Wales has meant best practice management techniques are under the microscope.

Sheep Solutions consultant Geoff Duddy says producers may look to wean lambs earlier in an attempt to reduce stocking rates and reduce feed requirements.

“There’s also options like creep feeding, which a lot of people don’t use,” he said.

“Creep feeding is basically setting aside areas that lambs can access without the ewes.”

Geoff will discuss timely topics including feed budgeting, best practice sheep health, the use of fodder and dual-purpose crops, confinement feeding and creep feeding in upcoming forums.

The Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) ‘It’s Ewe Time!’ forums, will be held in in Dubbo, Walgett and Dirranbandi, QLD, from August 14 to 16.

Geoff said an example of creep feeding was using a gateway into a cereal crop.

At the Northern NSW ‘It’s Ewe Time’ forums, Geoff will also discuss key results from trial work conducted at a Merino stud near Goondiwindi, QLD, which showed a 20 per cent difference in lamb survival rates based on a sire’s genetic merit in fat and eye muscle.

Other speakers at the Northern NSW forums include Matt Playford, Dawbuts; Simon Vogt, Rural Directions; Ben Swain, BCS Agribusiness; Hamish Dickson, AgriPartner Consulting and Mark Gardner, Vanguard Business Services.

Event Organiser Anne Collins urged producers and industry to register now for the forums.

“We have a great line-up of speakers at all of the events, who will deliver a wide range of relevant and timely information that producers will be able to implement on-farm,” she said.

“The forums aim to help producers achieve productivity increases through carcase values, reproduction rates and reducing the cost of production.

“Each of the forums will deliver the latest research and information outcomes to ensure producers leave with confidence and the knowledge on how to best manage their flocks.”

Northern NSW ‘It’s Ewe Time’ forums include:

- Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW: Tuesday, August 14.

- Walgett District Sporting Club, Walgett, NSW: Wednesday, August 15.

- The Old Moey Motel, Dirranbandi, QLD: Thursday, August 16.

Find out more and register at www.makingmorefromsheep.com.au/events or call 1800 070 099.