It’s Ewe Time forums return A new series of one of the sheep industry’s most popular extension and adoption programs, It’s Ewe Time, is being rolled out in August, designed to increase producer awareness of the principles, practices and tools of sheep enterprise profitability and productivity. A joint initiative of Meat & Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation, the forums […]
2017 Ram Sale Reports Summary results for on property Poll Dorset sales across Australia
Poll Dorsets top choice for Fleurieu production Poll Dorsets have proved the top choice for prime lamb production as part of Steve Eckert’s sheep and wool enterprise at Belvidere via Langhorne Creek, on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. Every year 800 to 1200 fine wool Merino ewes are mated to Poll Dorset rams, varying dependent on seasonal and commodity price fluctuations. […]
Poll Dorsets prime lamb pick for Toongi producers Farming is in the blood for Megan and Michael Brennan, Wambangalang, Toongi, New South Wales, with Megan a fifth-generation producer. While she only recently took up farming full time on the 680-hectare property 30 kilometres south of Dubbo, agriculture had been a long-time interest. Her father Mark Gavel moved to the Dubbo region in the […]
Make this summer a STARTECT® summer THE IMPACT OF ROUNDWORMS The impact of roundworms represents the highest single animal heath cost to the Australian sheep industry, estimated at about $6 per head, or an average of $6,000 for each mob of 1,000 sheep. About 80% of the annual cost is associated with lost production and the remaining 20% with the costs […]
Over-the-hooks switch benefits NSW producer A switch to over-the-hook selling has led to big changes in Brett Johnstone’s prime lamb enterprise Malmo Partners at Woodstock, near Cowra, New South Wales. Using feedback has meant he has been able to tailor his Poll Dorset-sired lambs to match exactly what his local processor, Breakout River Meats, requires. “I’m convinced we get a premium […]
Poll Dorset-cross lambs to $181 at record yarding at Hamilton POLL Dorset cross lambs were at the centre of the record yarding of 62,187 lambs at the Hamilton Regional Livestock exchange in Victoria’s Western Districts on December 14, with Kerr & Co Hamilton Livestock Manager Craig Pertzel saying the majority of the lambs sold were Poll Dorset crosses. The sale broke an Australian record for […]
Top drop of lambs despite floods at Glamis Water sports took on a new meaning for Bedgerabong producer Murray Brown, New South Wales, last month with the family ski boat being used to tow several ‘tinnies’ full of lambs for sale across 1.2-metre-deep floodwater at his ‘Glamis’ property. About two-thirds of the property flooded for six weeks in September and October. He lost […]
Poll Dorsets key to prime lamb success at Forbes Poll Dorsets, and their predecessor, the Dorset Horn, have long been the terminal breed of choice for the Allen family at Bimbadeen, Forbes, New South Wales. Running a substantial mixed farming enterprise with sheep and cropping, family patriarch Keith Allen said they had used “Dorsets” for longer than he could remember, at least 50 years or more.
eID changes offer producer options As well as biosecurity and traceability benefits, eID can also offer on-farm management benefits and help to boost returns.