- New Year New Ewe
- Difference in the data
- We’re hiring
- Calculating your green date
- Upcoming Leading Sheep events
- Upcoming events
- eBulletins and podcasts
Check out the events that are on in February – click here! There are SO many awesome topics right across the state – nutrition, farm safety, excel and more. So you’re sure to find something that interests you and it’s a good chance to catch up with the neighbours and see how much rain they got over the new year!
If you have been lucky enough to get under some rain in the New Year you’ll be thinking about how to make the most of good thing. More lambs on the ground is one sure way to do that but how do you know what to focus on to improve your reproduction? The MerinoLink Merino Livestock Productivity project have found huge variation in their ewes. Have a look at some of the data they’re collecting here.
If you would like to be part of a driven and friendly team focussed on assisting the livestock producers of western Queensland, this is the job for you. Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have a vacancy in their Longreach office for a beef and sheep extension officer who will be working on the Leading Sheep project. The successful applicant will be joining a team with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience, who work collaboratively with like-minded organisations to increase drought resilience and improve productivity. Applications close 29 January. To find out more, click here.
Your green date is when you can expect to receive enough rain to begin pasture growth. It is useful for planning and knowing when to expect your season break (sometimes not as early as you think!). In monsoon influenced areas of northern Australia, the green date is defined as the date after 1 September when you can expect to receive 50 mm of rain within three consecutive days in 7 out of 10 years (70% of the time). In this video recently released by the Northern Australia Climate Program, Dr Chelsea Jarvis demonstrates how to determine the green date for your area using the How Often tool. To watch this short video, click here.
If you would like help calculating your green date, it can be tricky in the semi-arid areas, click here to get in touch with an Extension Officer in your region.
- 3 February – Excel in Business, Talwood. For more information click here.
- 12 March – Leading Sheep Forum & Dinner, Longreach. Save the date.
- 29 Jan – Pasture & Weed Field Day – Cunnamulla by GrazingFutures. For more information click here.
- 1-3 Feb – Breeding EDGE – Esk by Beef Enterprise Advisory Services. For more information click here.
- 5 Feb – Going Ahead with Goats – Longreach by LRW Rural. For more information click here.
- 8-10 Feb – Nutrition EDGE – Chinchilla by Désirée Jackson Livestock Management. For more information click here.
- 10 Feb – Farm Safety – Charleville by AgForce. For more information click here.
- 10 & 11 Feb – Excel Spreadsheets for Grazing Enterprises – Morven & Augathella by ConnectAg. Save the date.
- 11 Feb – Farm Safety – Quilpie by AgForce. For more information click here.
- 11 Feb – QLD Globe Mapping Webinar – by GrazingFutures. For more information click here.
- 12 Feb – VegMachine Webinar – by GrazingFutures. For more information click here.
- 16-17 Feb – Mental Health First Aid – Roma by RFDS. For more information click here.
- 22-23 Feb – Business EDGE – Richmond by Bush Agribusiness. For more information click here.
- 25-26 Feb – Business EDGE Young Guns – Julia Creek by Bush Agribusiness. For more information click here.
- Around the Camp (Leading Sheep Podcast)
- The Yarn (AWI Podcast)
- Surf and Turf (Qld DAF Podcast)
- Dry Times Talks (Redcross Podcast)
- AuctionsPlus Sheep Results and Catalogue
- AWI Weekly Wool Market Report
- Beyond the Bale – December
- Centre of Invasive Species Solutions Flyer – December
- Climate Outlook – February to April
- Farm Biosecurity News – December
- MLA Prices and Markets
- ParaBoss Queensland Update – December
- Sheep Producers News