Sheep pregnancy scanners

There are a number of sheep pregnancy scanners that operate in and/or service Queensland including: Damo’s Preg Testing – Damien Pollett (Tweed Heads), 0447 049 057, Mike Rival (Goondiwindi), 07 4671 2203, Ben Banks (Blackall), 0429 799 807 or 07 4657 5959, Bruce Toms (Stanthorpe), 0418 518 508 or 07 4685 6075, … Read more

Grain feeding lambs – tips for getting it right

Queensland producers opting to grain feed lambs should ‘lock in grain supplies and set up forward contracts’ to minimise risk and increase returns, according to a sheep and wool adviser, Geoff Duddy. He said high store lamb prices had made feedlotting ‘reasonably risky’ but there were margins for producers who did their planning and preparation. … Read more

Fact sheet – Turning reproductive potential into reality

This fact sheet, written by Jason Trompf, highlights the following key points for turning reproductive potential into reality and improving lamb survival: target lamb survival rates factors contributing to and ultimate causes of lamb loss critical success factors for lamb survival including: proactive management of ewe condition score tight and effective joining lengths of six … Read more

Selling store lambs ‘less risky’ for most producers

Selling store lambs ‘less risky’ for most producers Queensland producers should be flexible when making lamb marketing decisions, but the quicker turn off that comes with selling stores generally brings greater returns than grain feeding, according to a sheep and wool adviser. Mr Duddy said high store lamb prices have made feedlotting ‘reasonably risky’ in … Read more

How do you best consign your lambs and sheep?

Prime lambs are now being produced in many areas which are a long way to markets and by people new to the sheep industry. This raises the question ‘How do you consign your lambs and sheep so that they arrive in the best possible condition and value?’ Tony Dunn, Livestock Buyer for Fletchers International, suggested … Read more

Buying sheep – important considerations.

Here are some points to consider when restocking with sheep: Always ask for a copy of the National Sheep Health Statement with the sheep. The Sheep Health Statement  is the most important disease risk management tool livestock buyers have available to them. It enables them to assess the risk for Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) and … Read more

Wild dog trappers in Queensland

One of the things that people have been telling us at Leading Sheep is that there is a shortage of trappers and when they want a trapper they can’t find one.  So we have compiled a list of trappers that we know of (and others have told us about) whom are willing to work in … Read more

Zolvix resistance and new Barbers Pole vaccine

Zolvix resistance in Queensland Zolvix (Active ingredient: monepantel) resistance in Barbers Pole was first reported a few months ago in a goat herd in New South Wales. Now monepantal resistance has been confirmed from a Haemonchus contortus strain (Barbers Pole) isolated from sheep on a property in south western Queensland and a Trichostrongylus colubriformis (Scour … Read more

Watch out for preg tox and milk fever in your ewes

Pregnancy toxaemia and hypocalcaemia are again being seen in Queensland sheep flocks. These nutritional diseases are also known by a large number of other names including lambing sickness and ketosis and milk fever respectively. If your ewes are pregnant, doing it tough and are being fed a minimal ration they may well be coping now.  … Read more