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Bred Well Fed Well

Combining top genetics with superior ewe feed management can boost reproduction rates and Bred Well Fed well is continuing to show producers how. The workshops are funded by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) through their Making More from Sheep initiative as a part of a national program to increase sheep industry productivity and profitability.

Workshop authors, Dr Mark Ferguson and Dr Jason Trompf said the hands-on, one-day workshops will give producers practical tools to optimise reproduction and profitability in their ewe flocks.

“The day is squarely aimed at improving the profitability of ewe flocks because they are the engine room of the industry,” said Dr Trompf.

“For example, important elements of the practical one day workshop will be setting breeding goals for ewe flocks and how using tools like Breeding Values can help producers meet their goals,” said Dr Ferguson.

“We are excited about the opportunities that combining good breeding with good feeding will bring to the sheep industry,” he said.

The workshops focus on the following:
  • improved understanding of how to use reliable breeding tools to improve enterprise profitability;
  • how to develop a breeding objective for your sheep enterprise;
  • better management of ewe nutrition for reproductive performance and flock profitability; and
  • skills in assessing ewe condition and developing simple energy budgets for the ewe flock.

Practical sessions include condition scoring, feed budgeting, ram rankings and ram selection. Follow-up courses in these areas will be offered for those wishing to further develop skills in breeding and nutritional management.

A participation fee has been introduced of $75 (inc. GST) per person to attend which covers the handout and catering. For more information or to book a workshop please contact Serina Hancock 0403 570 823 (s.hancock@murdoch.edu.au).

For details on individual events see the Making More from Sheep Events page