SHEEP producers’ questions on ewe reproduction and ovulation enhancers, composite wool economics, confinement feeding and succession will be answered at Hamilton’s Sheep Connect seminars this month.
The Sheep Connect event in the south-west Victorian city on 15 February is the first for the Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society since 2019, after the COVID-19 pandemic led to Sheepvention expos being cancelled in 2020 and 2021.
Sheepvention president Kate Robertson said the committee is thrilled to welcome agricultural events back to the showgrounds.
Keynote speaker, Bred Well Fed Well and Lifetime Ewe Management founder Dr Jason Trompf, will present on improving ewe reproductive efficiency, outlining easy-to-follow methods to lower lamb and ewe mortality rates and boost reproduction.
AchieveAG Solutions principal Nathan Scott will discuss the issues around composite wool production, including whether to take it off completely or put better wool back on ewe flocks.
Thomas Elder Consulting ruminant production specialist Michael Wilkes will speak on confinement feeding and practical grazing nutrition and RSM Australia financial adviser Kate Tierney will discuss succession, retirement and off-farm investing. Agrivet Business Consulting’s principal consultant Graham Lean will present on the economics of the ewe ovulation product Ovastim.
The society’s partner for the event, Meat & Livestock Australia, will present “ASBV’s Now and into the Future!” and representatives from the Victorian Farmers Federation, Agriculture Victoria, Australian Wool Innovation and Southern Farming Systems will also be there.
“We really hope people will support the day and come along,” Ms Robertson said.
Tickets are $125 all inclusive. The day starts at 9am, with morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, drinks and nibbles provided. Networking drinks will be available from 5.30pm. Trade sites will include major sponsor Atlex Stock Yards and corporate partners, Elanco, Reid Stockfeeds, Virbac Animal Health and AWEX. For a full list of sponsors and site holders or to purchase tickets go to www.hamiltonshowgrounds.com.au