About the day
In the sheep calendar, the weaning process is when you reap the rewards of the last 12 months. Getting this process wrong can undo a whole lot of hard work and put you on the back foot for the next 12 months.
The session will look at strategies from a breeders and finishers perspective to enhance both physical and financial performance of the lamb crop.
There will be two sessions at 9.45am and 2.15pm.
9.45am to 12.00pm at Gladstone Complex – 585 Gladstone Road, Gladstone.
Farmer Panel: Mike McCreary, Mark Guscott, Richard Tosswill, Toby Rowlands.
2.15pm to 4.30pm at Mangamaire Hall,197 Tutaekara Road, Mangamaire.
Farmer Panel: Pete Apthorp, Roydon Cooper, James McKay.
BBQ and refreshments supplied.
- Mike McCreary
- Mark Guscott
- Richard Tosswill
- Toby Rowlands
- Pre weaning
- Monitoring (ewe condition, pasture covers, liveweight gain).
- Setting up country (pre and post weaning).
- Prep work (dagging, sale lambs identified, animal health).
- Other consideration (Ewes Lambs at foot, trade cattle).
- Early weaning decision
- Desired outcome (lamb performance, farm system impacts).
- Timings and process o Feeding requirements (quality and quantity).
- Actual weaning process
- Reducing stress (time frame, use of satellite yards, water, shade).
- Ewe lamb management.
- Hefting principles
- Streamline other process (sale lambs, sex drafting, drenching).
- Marketing Store lambs
- Selling options (saleyards vs on farm).
- Target specification (weight ranges, animal health, sex, breed).
- Truck weighing vs on farm weight.
- Tips on finishing Lambs
- Animal health (trace elements, vaccinations, fly treatment, drenching, fecal egg counts).
- Stock Husbandry (mob size, mixing mobs impact on growth, shearing, weighing).
- Feeding (specialist crops, stocking rate, grazing days) o Target weights (entry and exit, expected yields, males vs females).
- Marketing prime lambs (works relativity, same day kill) .
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