Sheep producers hail ewe-beaut program

Queensland’s sheep and wool producers are hailing an innovative program that is helping them to improve their businesses’ productivity. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Senior Extension Officer and Leading Sheep Manager Nicole Sallur said feedback received from producers about the Leading Sheep program was incredibly positive. “Currently, 75 per cent of Queensland’s sheep and … Read more

Prepare your flock ready for autumn joining

Queensland’s sheep and wool producers are being urged to prepare their flocks for autumn joining. Industry consultant Geoff Duddy, from Sheep Solutions, said preparing the flock was critical for effective results and involved a lot more than simply opening the gate to let the rams in with the ewes. “Ideally producers should be checking their … Read more

Western producer on the right side of the fence

Wool producer Donald Truss has erected more than 100km of exclusion fencing on his property in an effort to minimise the devastating impact of wild dogs. Now he wants to share his experience and encourage others to take action. Mr Truss, from south of Quilpie, is the newest member of the Leading Sheep South West … Read more

Technology and networking key to success

Being willing to adopt new technology and utilise effective, information networks will be key to the future success of the state’s sheep and wool industry according to one of Western Queensland’s younger producers. Jesse Moody works alongside his parents, running Abbadoah and Yarmouth, with the properties making up around 56,000 hectares of mulga and Mitchell … Read more

How pregnancy scanning can boost production

A Blackall sheep and wool producer says introducing a pregnancy-scanning program can improve flock fertility by 10 to 15 per cent within a 12-month period, as well as allow producers to fine-tune ewe management. Ben Banks and his wife Oona manage the 46,500 hectare family property, Rivington, west of Blackall, where they run 25,000 Merinos … Read more

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, dmpollett@bigpond.com Mike Rival (Goondiwindi), 07 4671 2203, mikerival@bigpond.com Ben Banks (Blackall), 0429 799 807 or 07 4657 5959, rivington.banks@bigpond.com Bruce Toms (Stanthorpe), 0418 518 508 or 07 4685 6075, … Read more

All in the genes: Investing in better genetics lifts profits

Buying a better performing ram could earn producers greater annual returns and equate to significant gains in overall enterprise income, according to a sheep and wool adviser. Geoff Duddy from Sheep Solutions has been a guest presenter at Leading Sheep workshops in south western Queensland this year, advising on management strategies to minimise supplementary feeding, … Read more