Lamb Production

Advanced livestock handling skill opportunity coming to Bourke

Sheep Central, July 14, 2016


ADVANCED livestock handling skills will be outlined at a three-day workshop at Gurrawarra Station near Bourke next month.

The workshop is being organised by Local Land Services Western Region on August 10-12 to advance the skills of livestock managers in the region.

South Australian stock and dog handling specialist, Neil McDonald will present the advanced livestock movement and management workshop and the Gurrawarra Station will include a working dog session.

Local Land Services Western Region senior land services officer, Kyra Roach said the course will focus on the importance of grazing management practices.

“Over three days, Neil will cover topics such as grazing management practices and stock movement, including how to anticipate the moves of animals – how to start, stop and create a good steady flow of livestock.

“He believes there are multiple flow-on effects from this knowledge, including increased animal health and performance, and better animal welfare.”

Other issues covered in the workshops include workplace health and safety in order to create a safe and enjoyable working environment, as well as the importance of positive feedback and communication.

“There are a range of improved economic, welfare and WHS outcomes that can be gained by applying the techniques demonstrated in the workshop,” Ms Roach said.

“When it comes to working with dogs, Neil says it’s important to maintain boss ‘wolf rank’ with all dogs at an equal level, one rank beneath you to ensure a harmonious camp.”

Local Land Services Western Region are subsidising the cost of the Bourke workshop, with participants paying $355.

Morning teas and lunches will be provided. Participants will need to cater for their own breakfasts and dinners. For further information contact Kyra Roach 0438 695 755 or [email protected] or to register please contact Glenn Humbert on 02 6872 2888.

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