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Newcomers to QLD sheep industry get their own webinar

Sheep Central, March 23, 2020

QUEENSLAND farmers thinking about getting into sheep for the first time can learn from some of Australia’s leading sheep and wool industry experts via a new webinar series starting in April.

The 10-part ‘H Series’ webinar program hosted by Leading Sheep will feature educational information across sheep and wool production topics starting with the letter H, including health, herding, husbandry, harvesting and how to sell (wool and stock).

Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries extension officer Jed Sommerfield said the webinar was designed to help those new to the industry to get involved and make the most of the good market dynamics on offer.

“Sheep and wool production is an attractive enterprise at the moment, and plenty of young producers with little experience are now considering diversifying into sheep for the first time.

“The H series webinar has been designed to deliver fundamental information to these young producers and help them navigate their entry into sheep and wool production in the best way possible,” Mr Sommerfield said.

The monthly series will kick off on Thursday, 16 April at 7.45pm, with the first topic hosted by expert veterinarian and Queensland sheep producer, Dr Noel O’Dempsey, who will discuss important sheep health basics like vaccinations, worm, lice and fly management.

“Dr O’Dempsey has worked in the Queensland sheep industry his entire career and places a strong emphasis on performance and worm and fly resistance in his own fine wool Merino and prime lamb operation,” Mr Sommerfield said.

“The webinars are designed to be interactive, and we strongly encourage those planning to tune in to submit any questions they may have beforehand, so Dr O’Dempsey can specifically address them during the webinar.”

Questions and webinar registrations can be submitted online at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/719963917749078028.

Leading Sheep is a joint initiative of Australian Wool Innovation and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, supported by AgForce.

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