Lamb Production

Free webinar on whether it pays to feedlot lambs

Sheep Central, December 17, 2014

lambs silage2“Will lotfeeding lambs pay?’ is the question to be answered in a free webinar for NSW producers on Friday, December 19, at 1pm.

Sheep Connect NSW, in partnership with Central West Local Land Services, will host the webinar “Will Lotfeeding Pay?”, giving producers the opportunity to sit in on an online discussion with technical lotfeeding experts.

The webinar will be presented by Sheep Solutions director Geoff Duddy, who offers a wealth of experience and knowledge in lamb finishing systems. Geoff will discuss the do’s and don’ts of feedlot rations, and will also demonstrate the use of the Sheep CRC Feedlot Calculator.

“Lotfeeding can be a valuable tool in terms of finishing lambs, improving breeding ewe condition pre-joining/lambing and minimising pressures on pastures.

“Unfortunately it can also be a high risk, low margin option and it is critical that producers do a thorough cost/benefit analysis before deciding to undertake a feeding program. This is where the Sheep CRC Feedlot Calculator can help,” Mr Duddy said.

Information to help lotfeeding decisions

Sheep Connect NSW coordinator Shelly Anderson said that the webinar would provide sheep producers with information on the importance of making well-informed decisions when lotfeeding lambs.

“Whilst lotfeeding is a valuable management practice, particularly at the moment when pasture availability in many regions is limited, it is essential that producers understand and appreciate the consequences of correct ration formulation.

“Good management and nutrition are essential to the potential performance of lambs, and common mistakes can be avoided,” Ms Anderson said.

This webinar will be the first in a series of webinars, all designed to offer information on a variety of sheep production topics.

Webinar represents new agriculture pathway

Central West Local Land Services Livestock Officer David Trengove, said that the webinar series was a new information pathway for agriculture.

“This represents a new direction for Central West Local Land Services in innovative delivery of information to producers,” said Mr Trengove.

“We know that landholders are accessing information in different ways and are time poor.

“Using the webinar format means the information goes directly to the people that need it, at their convenience.”

To register to attend the webinar, or for further information, contact Sheep Connect NSW via email at [email protected] or log on to the Sheep Connect website at www.sheepconnectnsw.com.au

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