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It’s Ewe Time forums aim to boost carcase value, lamb and wool returns

by Sheep Central, 13 July 2017

FORUMS aimed at boosting carcase value, and lamb and wool production per hectare will held across Australia next month.

Meat & Livestock Australia’s General Manager – Producer Consultation & Adoption, Michael Crowley, said the objective of the ‘It’s Ewe Time’ forums was to help sheep producers achieve 10 percent more carcase value, produce 10pc more lambs per hectare and grow 10pc more wool.

“With sheep meat and wool prices continuing at historic highs, particularly compared with grain prices, there is renewed interest in boosting productivity and profitability of sheep enterprises.

“Some mixed farmers are increasing the sheep portion of their enterprise mix and these forums will provide information to help facilitate that shift and boost productivity,” Mr Crowley said.

The forums are a joint initiative of Meat & Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation as part of the flagship Making More From Sheep program.

They will be conducted as half-day workshops across South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula at Ceduna, Kimba and Cummins, and as full-day workshops at Wagga Wagga, NSW, Esperance and Northam, WA, and Hamilton, Victoria.

Topics to be covered include sheep meat and wool market outlooks, supply opportunities and challenges, managing high-performing ewes to wean more lambs, animal health, feed base options and enterprise planning and structure.

The forums will have a clear practice-change focus and will point interested producers to many of the extension and adoption tools available through MLA and AWI.

The forums will held on the following dates:

Wednesday, August 2, Ceduna, SA

Thursday, August 3, Kimba, SA

Friday, August 4, Cummins, SA

Tuesday, August 15, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Tuesday, August 22, Esperance, WA

Thursday, August 24, Northam, WA

Thursday, August 31, Hamilton, Victoria.

Cost is $35 per person for full-day forums and $25 per person for half-day forums, and includes forum booklet and all catering.

For more information and to register visit www.wool.com/events or call 1800 070 099.

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