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

Nutritional management of spring lambing Merinos to rear more lambs. Part 5: Growing lambs to achieve their genetic potential

Dr John Milton talks about how grow lambs to achieve their genetic potential.  John is the Director of Independent Lab Services (a feed analysis and consultancy company) and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. (Video length 12:54) This is part five of five in this series on the nutritional management of spring lambing … Read more

Nutritional management of spring lambing Merinos to rear more lambs. Part 3: Hold ewes about condition score 3 during pregnancy

Dr John Milton talks about the importance of holding ewes about condition score 3 during pregnancy to rear more lambs.  John is the Director of Independent Lab Services (a feed analysis and consultancy company) and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. (Video length 4:03) This is part three of five in this series … Read more

Increasing lambing success at Blackall – a producer case study

The Banks family are passionate sheep people and have made significant management changes to increase lambing success and to lift the overall profitability of the enterprise.  Some of these changes have included scanning to determine where losses were occurring, splitting ewes into mobs of singles and twins, culling unproductive ewes, supplementary feeding and using electronic … 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