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Latest lamb feeding research update at Hamilton field day this week

Sheep Central, May 23, 2016

Dorper lambs, feedlot Mar7-16EFFICIENT lamb feeding and production research will be outlined at an Agriculture Victoria field day this week.

The field day at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources’ centre at Hamilton on Thursday will include presentations from Agriculture Victoria and CSIRO scientists focused on a range of current research projects, including lucerne for lamb, dual purpose canola and low methane forages.

DEDJTR said efficient lamb production means increasing growth while decreasing potential environmental impacts.

Agriculture Victoria is researching ways to use forages to increase growth, improve reproductive performance and decrease methane emissions. Novel approaches for the measurement of methane will be demonstrated and there will be an opportunity to view the automatic feed intake facility.

The field day will start at 9:45 am at DEDJTR Hamilton’s main building at 915 Mt Napier Rd, south of the city.

Field day program

9:45 am – Arrival, registration and morning tea.

10 am – Introduction, Matt Knight, Agriculture Victoria research manager

10.30 am – Lucerne for Lamb site, Zhongnan Nie, Agriculture Victoria

Dual purpose canola, Margaret Raeside, Agriculture Victoria

11.15 am- Feed intake facility, measuring methane from Sheep – Polytunnel/ PACs, Andrew Toovey and Gonzalo Mata, CSIRO, Stephanie Muir, Agriculture Victoria.

Low methane forages, Julian Hill, Ternes Agricultural Consulting,

Feedlot facility and feed efficiency, Stephanie Muir and Ralph Behrendt, Agriculture Victoria.

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