Get yourself to Badgingarra, New Norcia or Wagin in early April to participate in the Autumn Sheep Optimiser Workshops. Click on the flyer below to see the fantastic line up of presenters and topics.
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Did you miss this year’s Sheep Easy Field Day? Were you there but would like a reminder of the key points made by the speakers? Click on the links below to see a snapshot of the slides used by presenters Peter Morris of PJ Morris Wools and Andrew Ritchie of Icon Agriculture.
Peter Morris, PJ Morris Wools – The Wool Market from a Buyer’s Perspective
Andrew Ritchie, Icon Agriculture – Sheep, More Money Less Work
WOOLGROWERS and sheep breeders from across the globe will gather in Adelaide for the inaugural World Merino Insight from September 4-9.
WMI Co-Chair Peter Meyer said the event was for everyone involved in the sheep, sheepmeat and wool industry – not only Merino breeders.
Click the brochure below for more details….
Working demonstrations of labour saving technologies and presentations throughout the day including keynote speakers, Peter Morris from PJ Morris Exporters, Andrew Ritchie from Icon Agriculture, plus the annual grower forum.
Sheep Easy 2015 was again a success with over 200 people in attendance. Although the weather was not as kind as it has been in previous years the theme of managing scale and labour efficiency was certainly topical and in the forefront of many sheep producers minds.
Graham Peart kicked the day off with a presentation on capturing the economies of scale. Andrew Ritchie of Icon Agriculture followed on by highlighting the key points of a successful sheep farmer whose business constantly performs in the top 25%. He also trialled some live bench marking using clickers, the results highlighted the vast range in production per unit of rainfall. Wool production alone ranged from 7 kg/100ml to 12 kg/100ml. Both Graham and Andrew’s presentations can be viewed by clicking here.
What is the quickest, safest, easiest and most practical way of getting a sheep onto the back of the ute? There was $1000 cash up for grabs in the first ever sheep elevation competition. It generated much interest leading up to and on the day but unfortunately this did not translate into many entrants. We would like to thank both Russell Meaton and Harry Mullan for making the effort. If you would like to watch a video demonstration they are available on The Sheeps Back twitter or Facebook page.
The farmer panel was again a very popular feature, the topic of managing scale and labour efficiency was addressed in very different ways. The topics of chaff carts was a very popular with speaker Rob Egerton-Warburton suggesting every farm business must have a chaff cart for both the feed value and weed control. Allen Clarke also reiterated this point saying that his chaff dumps in pasture paddocks allow a two people team to manage 80 mobs of sheep over 120km radius. Tagasaste is not a new phenomenon but it has allowed Rob to use some of his poorest country to good effect. Essentially he used the tagasaste to defer his pastures and keep sheep out of the way during cropping while offering protection to lambing ewes. The full article is featured in this newsletter. Roger House gave us a brief overview of the use he has for electronic identification tags in his sheep. Roger uses EID in his ram producing flock of 500 which he says it eliminates recording errors, makes data management easier and is quicker now he has learnt how to use the equipment. EID would add value to any stud or ram producing enterprise. Although he is not quite ready to use them in his commercial flock, he can see them becoming main stream for all commercial flocks in the near future.
WA’s most successful annual sheep conference is back! Find out all about Sheep Easy 2015….
2015 FIELD DAY
WA’s most successful annual sheep conference is back.
This year we are combining with the Sheep Expo and Sale in Katanning on Thursday, 20th and Friday, 21st August.
Sheep Easy will feature on Thursday, 20th August.
Working Demonstrations of various labour saving technologies such as sheep handlers, auto drafters, jetting machines, latest trail feeders, sheep yards, EID data management, remote water management and more.
Sheep Elevation Competition – $1,000 for the best invention for getting a sheep onto the back of a ute. Contact the office or click here to find out more.
Andrew Ritchie – Consultant at Icon Agriculture
Graham Peart – Director of Paraway Pastoral which manages 200,000 cattle and 200,000 sheep.
Scale Forum – featuring leading edge sheep producers on how they manage scale and labour efficiency.
Date: Thursday, 20th August, 2015
Time: 10.00 am for a 10.30 am start, finish 4.30 pm
Cost: $30.00 inc GST (includes all catering) – see below for payment options
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 97361055
If you would like, you can pay before the day by EFT. The details are as follows:
Account Name: The Sheep’s Back
BSB: 086 948
Account Number: 57 392 6927
Please add your name in the Description area so we know who the payment is from. Alternatively you can pay by cash or cheque on the day.