Genetics

Bred Well Fed Well workshops for all ewes in Western Australia

Sheep Central, August 18, 2016
Bred Well Fed Well workshops build ewe management skills. Picture - Craig Hinchliffe.

Bred Well Fed Well workshops build ewe management skills. Picture – Craig Hinchliffe.

BRED Well Fed Well workshops to help producers combine genetics with ewe feed management to boost reproduction rates will be held in Western Australia in the next four weeks.

Bred Well Fed Well is a practical, one-day workshop highlighting the key production benefits of superior genetics, plus feed management for improved reproductive performance and flock productivity.

The workshops, supported by Meat & Livestock Australia, are an opportunity for producers to gain knowledge and skills in genetics and nutrition to help meet their enterprise objectives.

WA producers have an opportunity to attend one of two Bred Well Fed Well workshops:

  • ‘Far Valley Dohne’, Arthur River; 9:30am to 4pm; Wednesday August 31
  • ‘Woodyarrup’, Broomehill; 9am to 3:30pm; Wednesday September 14 2016.

Workshop facilitator Jason Trompf said the hands-on, one-day workshops give producers practical tools to optimise reproduction and profitability in their ewe flocks.

“The day is squarely aimed at improving the profitability of ewe flocks because they are the engine room of the industry.

“For example, important elements of the practical one day workshop will be setting breeding goals for ewe flocks and how using tools like Breeding Values can help producers meet their goals,” Dr Trompf said.

“We are excited about the opportunities that combining good breeding with good feeding will bring to the sheep industry,” he said.

The workshops focus on understanding reliable breeding tools to improve enterprise profitability, developing a breeding objective, ewe nutrition for reproductive performance and flock profitability, and assessing ewe condition to develop simple energy budgets for the ewe flock.

Practical sessions include condition scoring, feed budgeting, ram rankings and ram selection.  Follow-up courses in these areas will be offered for those wishing to further develop skills in breeding and nutritional management. The participation fee is $75 (inc. GST).

For more information on Arthur River, and to RSVP by Monday August 29, contact David Kain – 0429 626 012 ([email protected]).

For more information on Broomehill, and to RSVP by Monday September 12, contact Craig Dewar – 0429 100 239 ([email protected]).

For more information on hosting a workshop or on upcoming workshops contact Serina Hancock, Bred Well Fed Well co-ordinator at [email protected]

Check the MLA events lists for upcoming workshops.

Source: MLA.

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