AUSTRALIAN Sheep Industry Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has found new ways for sheep managers to get the best from their sheep and the best sheep.
It will release the results of four years of research at the Wool Meets Meat - Tools For a Modern Sheep Enterprise conference at Orange, NSW, on February 22 and 23, 2006.
The conference is not a scientific one. It is aimed at sheep producers and sheep industry consultants, educators and advisors.
Presenters will deliver practical ideas and recommendations for producers to apply on the farm and new tools to help them make important farm decisions.
The conference will address the issue of producing meat and wool from the same animal, but not where one is the by-product of the other.
The Australian Merino has proven to be a versatile sheep suited to a range of environments and able to produce high-quality meat and wool, as well as being the foundation of the prime lamb industry.
Most independent comparisons generally fail to demonstrate other dual-purpose breeds have higher gross margins than well-bred and managed Merinos.
But many producers are not aware of the many new breeding and management options that can significantly lift returns and realise profits even when market conditions are tough.
Commercial and stud sheep producers, and industry service providers and professionals are urged to attend the conference.
For program and registration information, visit www.sheepcrc.org.au/conference