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Calling all sheep producers…

who want to improve their lamb and ewe survival!

 

If the 2018 lambing season highlighted some opportunities for you to improve your ewe and lamb survival, you’re not alone. Industry-wide, reproductive efficiency has been identified as a top priority for lifting productivity, profitability and improved animal welfare standards. Lifting Lamb Survival is a practical on-farm training program focusing on learning and applying management practices to improve lamb and ewe survival. The program runs from pre-lambing to until after marking with four separate sessions, including three workshops held at a demonstration farm, and one visit to each participant’s property. Lifting Lamb Survival is delivered in Tasmania by Leanne Sherriff from Macquarie Franklin, and a program will be delivered during the 2019 lambing season.

 What you will learn:

  • Strategies to improve lamb survival and reduce ewe wastage
  • Best practice management for lambing
  • How to prepare the ewes and their lambing paddocks to enable better lambing
  • How to increase the kilograms of wool and/or lamb produced per hectare

For more information

For more information provide the link to the attached flyer. Lifting Lamb Survival Flyer TAS

A minimum of six business are required for a Lifting Lamb Survival 2019 group to go ahead. Groups can be delivered anywhere in Tasmania where there is enough interest.

If you have any questions or are would like to register your interest in participating please contact Georgia McCarthy gmccarthy@macfrank.com.au or 0400 763 904

 


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PASTURE PRINCIPLES

Pasture Principles aims to provide sheep and cattle producers with a set of guiding principles that will allow them to manage confidently regardless of the season, situation or system. The program is delivered over a 12-month period and consists of two days of theory, followed by six on farm coaching sessions.

For more information: Pasture Principles 2018 – program information v3

Groups commence in February each year, or earlier if sufficient interest is received.

Click here to watch a short video on two producers who participated in Pasture Principles and have made changes to their businesses as a result.

To express your interest in participating in a group, please contact Sarah or Nikki | Ph: 03 6427 5300 | Email: admin@macfrank.com.au


 

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THE LONGFORD RED MEAT GROUP (LRMG) PRODUCER DEMONSTRATION SITE

Maximising pasture production and utilisation for best practice lamb finishing under irrigation

The Longford Red Meat Group (LRMG) is a group of young, progressive red meat producers looking to lift their profitability by improving their pasture and grazing management skills to increase pasture production and utilisation. They work together to solve some of the challenges in implementing best practice grazing management within irrigated cropping/grazing systems. The group have just finished working with Macquarie Franklin on a Producer Demonstration Site project, which was funded by MLA and supported by TP Jones.

The question the group wanted to answer was:

How to maximise the gross margin per hectare in irrigated grazing systems (for sheep enterprises), over a 12 month period.

Each trial consists of a pivot circle with half the area sown to rye grass and the other half to clover. These are then subdivided again to give a set stocked treatment and a rotational grazing treatme

nt. In addition to production data such as growth rates, dry matter production, animal liveweight gains, and number of price of lambs finished, input data is also being collected (e.g. labour, material costs etc). This will enable gross margins for the different treatments to be calculated.

The year two trial at Ratho, Bothwell wrapped up at the end of May 2018, with 12 months completed on the trial.

The trial confirmed some of the results from year one and has raised some further questions, about grazing management and animal performance. The gross margins on the clover treatments across the sheep meat enterprise were equivalent to those achievable from cropping, and highlight some great opportunities for graziers to increase the profitability of their irrigated grazing systems. Click here to read the year two trial summary report.  LRMG_Year 2 Trial Summary

 

The first of the trials was hosted by Andrew Archer from Chester at Westwood. To listen to the ABC radio Tasmania’s Country Hour interview with Andrew click here.

To read the year one trial summary report click here.  LRMG Trial 1 summary July17_V2

 

LRMG partnered with the Water for Profit project to deliver a field day “Maximising Productivity of Irrigated Grazing Systems” on 30 November. The day was a great success, and clearly highlighted the strong interest in this trial from producers across the state with 80 people attending.  Other presentations from the field day available for download are:

Thanks to the trial sponsors for their support: TP Jones & Co, Agriwebb, Gallagher, Ag Logic, Incitec Pivot, Orion, Allflex.

 

 


 

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future industry leaders – growinG PEOPLE

Macquarie Franklin and Shaping Change partnered to deliver the Future Industry Leaders – growing people program, which has recently concluded. This program was designed to build the leadership, people management and communication capability within Tasmania’s agricultural, forestry and seafood sectors. The program was an initiative of Tasmanian Farmers and Grazier’s Association (TFGA) and Agriskills Tasmania, and funded by the State Government.

Future Industry Leaders – growing people, has been a valued and successful project from the very beginning, and has clearly met an industry need. The program was over-subscribed with more than double the number of applications received as places available. FILGP was rated over 9/10 for both value and satisfaction, and participants have universally stated that the program exceeded their expectations- for many it has been life changing. It has re-shaped views on leadership and fostered the creation of networks and collaborations.