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Meat & Livestock Australia has launched a series of new workshops for livestock advisors and consultants. Livestock Advisor Updates are regionally relevant, one-day technical workshops held in northern, southern and western Australia.

The workshops provide opportunities for livestock advisors, leading producers and professional extension consultants to:

  • learn about the latest red meat R&D
  • gain skills, tools and knowledge to increase their offering to clients
  • network with peers.


When and where

  • Brisbane – Monday 19 August 2019
  • Sydney –    Wednesday 21 August 2019
  • Perth –     October 30 2019 (program to be confirmed)


The programs for each workshop are tailored to the differing needs of the each region. The full programs for the southern and northern workshops are attached and can be accessed here.

Following the Sydney workshop, MLA is also offering a professional development workshop – Agricultural advisor fundamentals.

For more information MLA PGS professional development training flyer – Sydney

Register today
Registrations for the northern and southern events are now open.

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 or 0400 763 904




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:

unlocking the key to ewe survival

Macquarie Franklin are partnering with Livestock Logic, Murdoch University and University of Melbourne to work on a MLA-funded project to improve our understanding of ewe survival during lambing. Reducing ewe mortality during lambing requires understanding why ewes die and how management practices influence this. Lifting ewe survival will improve lamb survival and help improve animal welfare and productivity outcomes for the sheep industry. The research team are collaborating with passionate sheep producers to find the answers to improving ewe survival, with the first year of project work underway now during lambing 2019. A team of vets are conducting post-mortems on ewes that have died during the lambing period on participating properties. The post-mortem data will be overlaid with detailed management information collected by participating producers, along with accurate records of ewe deaths. For more information about this project contact Leanne Sherriff


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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.