Nutrition & Animal Health

Merino focus at Pigeon Ponds Bred Well Fed Well workshop

Terry Sim September 1, 2014

ewes and lambs - MerinoIncorporating Lifetime Ewe Management principles into a large Merino flock will be a feature of a Bred Well Fed Well workshop at Pigeon Ponds in Victoria this week.

The workshop at Cobbity, Tim Leeming’s property at 249 McFarlane’s Lane, Pigeon Ponds, on September 4, is one of a series being held across Victoria and New South Wales by the Hamilton-based training provider RIST.

The hands-on workshop will focus on breeding and feeding sheep to make more money through improving ewe nutrition, developing a breeding goal and a feed budget, and breeding better ewes. Participants are introduced to condition scoring, the importance of separating ewes scanned with single or multiple lambs for better management and how to select rams with important production traits using Australian Sheep Breeding Values.

More than 100 flock owners have attended RIST-run Bred Well Fed Well workshops in recent weeks and more than 3000 sheep producers have attended 113 BWFW events across Australia since 2011.

Presenters at the Pigeon Ponds workshop will include Mr Gordon and consultant Jason Trompf, as well as manager of the Dickinson family’s Nareen-Barrama operation, Grant Little, who will describe how LTEM practices area being implemented for their 20,000 commercial Merino ewe flock.

RIST will also hold other Bred Well Fed Well workshops at Skipton on September 11 and in New South Wales at Hay on September 10 and Curban on September 19.

  • To register for any of the workshops call Priscilla Cuming at RIST on 03 5573 0956 or 0419 337 856 [email protected] Cost is $50.
  • Other BWFW workshops are also scheduled for September 19 at Burrumbuttock, NSW; and in Victoria on September 24 at Ancona, on October 9 at Nareeb, on October 14 at Shelford, and on October 22 at Ararat. For registration details see the Making More From Sheep website




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