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

Breech Strike Prevention – an update

The Breech Strike Prevention Update is held every two years by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and as the name suggests updates industry and others on the progress in breech strike prevention. The audience included representatives from the sheep industry, Australia wide, the RSPCA as well as a number of animal welfare/rights groups.  A representative made … Read more

Worm Egg Counts for Queensland Sheep Producers – the way forward

  Queensland sheep producers understand the importance of: regular Worm Egg Counting (WEC) and monitoring, identifying what specific worms are present, and knowing which drenches are working on your property with regular Drench Resistance testing. With the closure of the Queensland Government Wormbuster Laboratory, there have been many people querying who else provides these services … Read more

Understanding your wool test results

Dear Leading Sheep Member, Understanding your wool test results allows you to get the best price possible for your wool. As members of the Leading Sheep South West Regional Coordinating Committee recently noted, ‘No longer can you afford, if you ever could, to simply harvest and sell your wool. You have to look carefully at … Read more

Bad drenching advice can be expensive!

Leading Sheep have been informed that some sheep drench retailers have been recommending drenching sheep every 6 weeks. This is labour intensive, wasteful, expensive, guaranteed to select for increased levels of drench resistance in the worm population resident on your property and if drenches are used for which the worm population is currently resistant, your … Read more

New MerinoSelect Indexes

Many Queensland sheep producers have been lucky enough to attend the recent RamSelect days held at a variety of locations across Queensland including the most recent at Stanthorpe that was largely organised by Leading Sheep South Consultative Committee member Bruce Toms and featured the Dohne breed. If you have not had the opportunity and would … Read more