Around the Camp: Confinement feeding of sheep

1. Are your frustrating staff frustrating you?

Staffing properties is a complicated task, especially when you add in that many of your employees are family or foreigners! Gordon and Dave Stone from Agri-Business Development Institute (ABDI) give a very quick insight into three key factors of managing staff. Their suggestion is, that a little bit of input i.e. being hands on initially, allows you to be hands off in the long term. Get some ideas on how you could better manage your staff by watching their 8 minute video.

Click here to watch the video or here for more information about ABDI.

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2. Help create a Queensland and Northern Australia benchmark

If you are a producer or advisor (in Qld, NT or WA) and interested in an opportunity to create a benchmark of the current approaches to decision making and planning for climate variability (season to season; year to year) – the Queensland and Northern Australia Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP) is looking for you. DCAP is a Queensland Government initiative to improve producer drought preparedness and resilience.  By participating in a short web survey, you can help provide benchmarking information that will guide the program as it looks to improve the awareness and effectiveness of information and tools supporting the profitability and productivity of producers in a variable climate. To find out more about DCAP contact Neil Cliffe ( or phone 13 25 23.

DCAP is offering a copy of the book Will it rain (developed through the program and due for publication June 2017) to every person completing the survey. Just leave a postal address in the box provided before clicking submit.

To fill out the survey click here.

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3. Considering organic?

If you’ve thought about going organic but not sure where to start, watch this short clip to get an idea about what benefits you may see and how certification works. If you want more, there are three other videos (although discussing beef, are generalised and applicable to sheep industries too). The videos discuss identification requirements, risk and quarantine.

To watch the videos click here or to read the full standards for Australian Certified Organic click here.

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4. Successful confinement feeding of sheep

Confinement feeding of sheep is a practice used in a few contexts, primarily associated with a lack of available paddock feed. This webinar, presented by Geoff Duddy covered all of the information about how to successfully confinement feed sheep. Information contained includes set up, feeding frequency, do’s and don’ts, animal health and wellbeing, pen size and mob size.

To watch the webinar and view other resources click here

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5. Upcoming events

Pest Animal Management & Chemical Training. To find out more click here.

  • 18 May, Longreach
  • 23 May, Cloncurry
  • 23 May, Quilpie
  • 25 May, Cunnamulla

22 May, Grazing Fundamentals workshop, Charleville. To find out more contact Darren Jennings at South West NRM on 0428 220 136 or

Valuation and Freeholding Update. To find out more contact Vicki Franklin at AgForce on 0418 485 501 or

  • 01 June, Charleville
  • 02 June, Roma

Mulga and Nutrition workshops. To find out more contact Darren Jennings at South West NRM on 0428 220 136 or

  • 6 June, Cunnamulla
  • 7 June, Charleville
  • 8 June, Cooladdi

QISN Merino Sheep Classing Demonstration Day. For more information contact Peter Sealy on 0428 626 959 or Brett Smith on 0428 492 525.

  • 7 June, ‘Mt Ascot’ Mitchell
  • 9 June, ‘Kioma’ Goondiwindi

14 June, Fire, Biodiversity and Carbon, ‘Tooloombilla’, Injune. To find out more contact Rhonda Toms-Morgan at QMDC on

16 June, Direction of Meat Sheep Industry, ‘Curragh’, Cunnamulla. For more information contact Kym Thomas of Kahmoo Pastoral on 07 4655 0223 or

Remote monitoring field days. To find out more or to register click here.

  • 19 June, St George
  • 20 June, Morven
  • 21 June, Isisford
  • 22 June, Longreach

20 & 21 June, Grant Writing Workshop & Master class, Mitchell. Contact Rhonda Toms-Morgan, QMDC on 07 4620 4607 or for more information

21 & 22 June, Merino Link conference, Goulburn, NSW. Click here for more information.

24 & 25 June, Wild dog workshop and marksmanship challenge, Raglan. To find out more click here.

Digital Property Mapping with the Spatial Hub, West Queensland. Please call Jane Tincknell on 0472 877 271 to register your interest to attend.

  • 27 June, Yaraka
  • 28 June, Jundah
  • 29 June, Longreach

18 & 19 July, MLA Business Edge Course, Roma. To find out more, contact Rhonda Toms-Morgan, QMDC on 07 4620 4607 or

27 July, AgForce Field Day, Charleville. For more information contact Vick Franklin, AgForce on 07 4654 3675 or

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6. eBulletins

AWI weekly wool price reports


Feedback Magazine Feb/March 2017

FutureBeef Update May 2017

Paraboss News May 2017 Feature Articles

PestSmart Feral Flyer

Sheep Central

Wool Producers Australia Magazine May 2017