More Sheep 'tool box'

29 Dec, 2012 01:00 AM
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More Sheep Taskforce members Mandy Curnow and Justin Hardy, of the Department of Agriculture and Food, deliver the first Landmark display box for the Albany store to Nino Gullotti (right), division merchandise manager.
More Sheep Taskforce members Mandy Curnow and Justin Hardy, of the Department of Agriculture and Food, deliver the first Landmark display box for the Albany store to Nino Gullotti (right), division merchandise manager.

THE More Sheep Initiative has launched the roll out of a new 'tool box' of information to assist farmers increase their lambing percentages and improve their ewe management skills.

The first display box of these free 'tools' was put on display at Landmark Albany recently and will also be available at selected More Sheep retail partner outlets.

Department of Agriculture and Food livestock industries director Kevin Chennell said the display box represented a decade of research into sheep production, predominantly based on the key messages of the Lifetime Ewe Management training program.

"The display box contains a range of booklets on a variety of critical topics for sheep producers including a ewe management handbook, a lambing planner, feed on offer, feed budgeting, condition scoring, and a flystrike chemical planner," Dr Chennell said.

"They were produced with the support of Australian Wool Innovation. The box also contains a copy of a comprehensive publication co-developed by the department and the Sheep CRC Sheep - the simple guide to making more money with less work, a valuable asset for all sheep producers."

The eye-catching display boxes have proven popular with producers when trialled at recent field days.

Sheep Industry Leadership Council chair Rob Egerton-Warburton said the display boxes would also be available through More Sheep Initiative partners Primaries, Elders and CRT in the next few months.

"Industry support is critical to the success of More Sheep and placing of display boxes in outlets is a tangible way our retail partners are doing that," Mr Egerton-Warburton said.

"Our partners are literally putting vital information in the hands of producers to ensure the sustainability of our industry for us all."

"Stock agency staff, such as Landmark, have been participating in Lifetime Ewe Management professional development days in recent months and will have a good understanding of the value of these resources for their clients."

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READER COMMENTS

Telling the truth
31/12/2012 5:08:47 PM, on Farm Weekly

Bet they didnt mention animal welfare...like muzzling dogs, using low stress handling methods, like treating animals with respect instead of contempt. No course they wouldnt mention welfare cos it isnt important. The only things greedy farmers are interested in is $$$$$$$$$$
Frustrated levy payer
2/01/2013 5:24:28 AM, on The Land

This surely must be a joke - spending levy money to educate farmers that if they feed their sheep better they will have more lambs and produce more wool. I mean who would 'a thought? Come on AWI - please don't use our money to insult our intelligence.
X Ag Socialist
2/01/2013 8:54:03 AM, on Farm Weekly

Telling the truth, try to listen and learn. One. Sheep care not if a dog is muzzled. Dog in ute = sheep relaxed happy. Dog on ground = panic find lamb mob instinct aroused. Farmers know more about sheep's Fight-or-flight-or-freeze response, hyperarousal, or the acute stress response than you ever will even if we cannot put a name to this. It's learnt by experience over generations.
piece maker
4/01/2013 12:53:01 PM, on Stock & Land

Give me and my sheep a break and return the two percent tax that AWI just wastes. That would be a real result that could be reinvested into the ewes or even a real tool box with real tools.

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