Stock Handling & Animal Welfare

Southern prime lamb group plans Riverina sheep tour

Terry Sim, February 16, 2015

Victorian prime lamb producers will get an opportunity to tour some big Riverina sheep operations next month.

The Southern Prime Lamb Group is offering southern producers the opportunity to take a tour of the south western Riverina region of NSW from March 2, including participation in the Peppin Shaw Ewe Flock Forum 2015.

Tour will visit historic Riverina properties

SWPLG president Leigh Harry said the forum tour will visit major pastoral properties of the Riverina, including the Paraway Pastoral’s Steam Plains Station at Conargo and the Wyvern woolshed.

Mr Harry said the tour should be of interest to prime lamb producers as many terminal flocks were based on the first cross ewe, bred using Riverina Merino bloodlines.

“It’s a great opportunity to actually get onto these properties, see the sheep and talk to the breeders.

“Looking outside our own paddock fences can provide southern producers with new ideas and information to bring back to their own operations and provides a networking opportunity with fellow sheep producers.”

The tour will highlight the business structure, breeding values and techniques used by property owners and managers to produce a highly fertile ewe, which grows a marketable fleece and healthy progeny.

On property discussions, tours and presentations by operators, along with networking social events including a roast lamb dinner at the famous Booligal Hotel are included.

Fletcher International’s Roger Fletcher is keynote speaker

Keynote speaker on first day of the forum tour will be Fletchers International owner Roger Fletcher.

Forum organisers originally held the hotly-contested maiden ewe competition between pastoral properties, but dry conditions have forced organisers to change this year’s biennial event to a forum-based tour of the region.

The SPLG tour will include bus travel to Hay – departing Hamilton – on Monday, March 2 and joining up with all of the Peppin Shaw activities, and returning late on Wednesday, March 4. Included in the $200 price is bus travel and registration for the Peppin Shaw event.

Accommodation in Hay (two nights) will be arranged with a group booking but will be at attendees own cost  — about $100 a night staying in motel style or about $30 a night staying at Claughton House in dormitory style.

Bookings and money are required by Friday, February 20, 2015. Please confirm bookings via email to [email protected] For further information contact Leigh Harry on 0429 302 056

More information on the forum event and properties can be found at www.peppinshaw.com.au

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