Around the Camp March 2013

Welcome once again to our 2nd edition of “Around the Camp”, which is our monthly update of sheep industry information and events.  As I mentioned last time feel free to forward me anything that you think others might be interested in.  Alternatively if you have any feedback or suggestions for how we could improve this newsletter than that would be welcome too!

Topics covered in this edition include:

1. Trial results prove value of ASBVs
2. Guardians – Protecting your livestock investment
3. Wool market weekly report
4. MLA sheep industry projections 2013
5. Are you FarmSafe?
6. South African Trade Mission and 9th World Merino Conference
7. WormBoss news
8. Wild dog management advisory committee meeting template
9. Sheep CRC Summer newsletter
10. The Feral Flyer – Invasive Animals CRC e-newsletter
11. Funding available through Community Landcare Grants

 

1. Trial results prove value of ASBVs

A review of results form more than 50 industry trials has concluded that breeding values and associated technologies are delivering real economic value to the Australian sheep industry.  Key findings from this review are that:

  • 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 the breeding program.

Click here to read the full report, Using ASBVs – What’s in it for me?

 

2. Guardians – Protecting your livestock investment

Alpacas, donkeys and maremma dogs are being used with success against predators.  A series of webinars were organised by Leading Sheep where producers could share their experiences of various guardians, what is involved and their effectiveness.

Click here to read an article that summarises these guardian animal webinars  or  click here if you would like to watch the webinars.

 

3. Wool market weekly report

Whilst a quick glance at the wool market EMI would seem to indicate an uneventful series of wool auction sales, quite the opposite occurred during the week.

Click here to read the wool market review.

 

4. MLA sheep industry projections 2013

A comprehensive outlook on the sheep industry including forecasts for the national flock, sheep and lamb supply and exports over a five year horizon.

Click here to view the 2013 industry projections.

 

5.WormBoss News

Worm activity is still high in many regions of Queensland, and will stay that way while variable storms and showers persist.

To find out more WormBoss news or subscribe yourself to this newsletter click here.


6. South African Trade Mission and 9th World Merino Conference

The Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders invites you to join its South African Trade Mission in 2014.  The Trade Mission will also incorporate the 9th World Merino Conference, which is being held in Stellenbosch near Cape Town in April 2014.

To find out more about the trade mission click here  or  to find out about the merino conference click here.

 

7. Are you FarmSafe?

South West NRM in partnership with AgForce are hosting FarmSafe workshops in south west Queensland during March.  Bollon Monday 18 March, Cunnamulla Tuesday 19 March, Toompine Wednesday 20 March, Charleville Thursday 21 March and Augathella Friday 22 March.

To find out more about these FarmSafe workshops click here.

 

8. Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee Meeting Template

How can Wild Dog Management Advisory Committees maintain enthusiasm?  One way is by running meetings that are effective and focus on the outcome of minimising dog impacts.  Standard good meeting process is tried and tested, and is followed for a reason i.e. to achieve results.

Click here to view some ideas on how to run a successful meeting.

 

9. Sheep CRC Summer Newsletter

The Sheep CRC put out a regular newsletter to communicate their progress and latest developments.  This edition features information on WormBoss, meat quality, Wool ComfortMeter and the information nucleus and genomics, plus much more.

To subscribe to this newsletter or to read more click here.

 

10. The Feral Flyer – Invasive Animals CRC e-newsletter

The Feral Flyer is the Invasive Animals CRC’s email newsletter.  It is usually sent out once a fortnight.

To read the latest newsletter or subscribe to it click here.

 

11. Funding available through Community Landcare Grants

Grants between $5000 to $50 000 (GST exclusive) are available to help local community-based organisations and groups take on-ground action as well as build their capacity and skills to manage their natural environment and productive lands.  Deadliness for applications is the 20th March 2013.

To find out more about this funding click here.

 

This email was sent on behalf of the Leading Sheep project.

Click here to find out more about Leading Sheep.

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