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ADWDA eNews - Edition 2 - February 2021

ADWDA eNews - February 2021

Our second eNews edition is here and full of information and food for thought from our February contributors: Haydn McKay, Angus McTaggart, Andrew Freshwater, Hills Farm Supplies, Holland Stocklift, Neogen, Meat & Livestock Australia. 

Ivanhoe Dorper Ram Sale

Date: Friday 19th February 2021 @ 10:00am
Venue: Ivanhoe Rodeo Grounds, NSW

The Nutrien Livestock 2021 Ivanhoe Dorper Ram Sale is just around the corner! This year's sale will be held at the Ivanhoe Rodeo Grounds on Friday 19th February commencing at 10:00am. Offering 90 Dorper, White Dorper and Ultra White composite rams from reputable and brucellosis accredited studs including Red Rock, Australis, Genelink and Glen Park - this year's sale is sure to be a good one! 
To keep up to date with sale information: visit the Nutrien Hay Livestock Facebook page or contact Geoff McDougall - 0428 105 533 or Peter Fisk - 0418 193 368. 
Read full story here

Commercial vs. Stud Dorpers.

Contributor: Angus McTaggart, Nonning Pastoral
My family owns Nonning Station, north of Kimba, SA, running around 16,000 ewes and turning off around 20,000 organic lambs. For pastoral properties such as ours not able to run cattle due to lack of water, or goats due to SA Government laws, I believe that Dorpers and White Dorpers and possibly Dorper derived composites are by far the most profitable sheep. 
In this editorial I share my views on commercial vs stud Dorper production - how the stud industry is meeting the needs of commercial producers, how they are failing to meet the needs of commercial producers and what are the reasons behind this?
Read full story here

The Dorper at the cross roads?

Contributor: Andrew Freshwater, Clear Creek Pastoral.
There's a few rumblings as to Dorper based composite sheep in Australia - whether they be Ultrawhites, Aussie Whites, Kojaks, and the list goes on... I've heard a few say: "How dare people ruin the breed purity of Dorpers!" - and have also heard claims of inferior production from these composite breeding businesses and systems which are proliferating in Australia. 
Crossbreeding and composite breeding are a natural progression for sheep breeders with an eye on production and flock efficiency, and a desire to utilise hybrid vigour and heterosis. With the changes to the Australian sheep industry due to COVID-19 - such as a shortage of shearers, a wool market that's shown increased volatility and an ever resilient sheep meat market - now more than ever is the time Dorper breeders should be forward-thinking and encourage innovations. 
Click to read Freshy's thoughts on the sheep of the future - what's holding the Dorper breed back? And what is the biggest driver of profitable sheep farming? 
Read full story here

Quick facts for consideration when lamb feedlooting. 

Complied by Anthony Pearce, Managing Partner & Ruminant Production Specialist for Hills Farm Supplies.
  • If producers are mixing their own rations it is important to have all feedstuffs analysed for. This is because considerable variation does occur, particularly with roughages such as hay, straw and silage.
  • Cereal grains are a concentrated source of energy and generally the cheapest. Cereals and pulses can also make up the bulk of protein requirements. Rations commonly contain a high percentage of cereal grain (barley) plus pulses such as peas or lupins, together making up at least 80% of the mixture. Roughages such as hay is also an important component of the ration and is generally included at about 15-20% by weight.
  • Pellets of commercially formulated rations are convenient and easy to use however many farmers have the capacity to produce their own rations at considerable saving. The choice will be determined by the size of the operation, skills and available on-farm resources....
Read full list of quick facts here

Business Spotlight: Holland Stocklift.

Contributor: Rod Holland, Holland Stocklift
Holland Stocklift is an Australian owned family business. The stocklift was designed and patented by Rod Holland and his son, Bob, to assist farmers to save time, money and effort thereby extending the working life of the Australian pastoralists. 
The Holland Stocklift Story
Back in the period of 1974 to 1980 I was a grade contractor for the Central Darling Shire. I got to know a lot of graziers and if I wasn't grading I did a bit of lamb marking and other sheep work for them on weekends. I soon realised there was a need for something better than running around in a catching pen full of lambs, grabbing them one at a time and putting them in a marking cradle. After many years we perfected the final product and then patented it and have now sold over 150 units. 
How it works
Our Stocklift is professionally built in Renmark, SA, and can be used in-situ or easiliy transported to any site with an optional customer built trailer. Positioned alongside yards, one person can work alone or with a team. The sheep run into the race-like machine, holding up to 30 sheep at a time, the gate closes behind them and the 12v hydraulic system lifts them up to waist height. The flooring is made of fingers which lifts them from the belly and therefore immobilising them. Once the task is completed the stock are returned to the ground and released from the front end of the Stocklift. 
Find out more here

Industry Insights.

Each newsletter our Industry Insights section will bring you the latest industry information to help you stay in touch and useful tips and tools to assist with your sheep production and breeding goals. 

The power of DNA parentage testing.

In today's seedstock industry, nothing is more important than knowing your stocks' parentage - without it, you're missing out on crucial information that will enhance the accuracy of your breeding values and accelerate the rate of genetic gain in your flock. 
Find out more here

Sheepmeat and Wool Survey out now.

MLA and AWI's wool and sheepmeat survey is now available for producers to complete online. 
The responses captured will held determine trens for both sheepmeat and wool industries, such as ewe and lamb numbers, marking percentagse for the previous year and the status of the flock rebuild.
The survey will be available until 29 February 2021. 
Access the survey here

Tips for transporting livestock. 

A new checklist is set to help farmers prepare and plan their trips when transporting livestock. The new Transporting livestock responsibilities and recommendations webpage, launched by Agriculture Victoria, provides everything farmers need to be across from market expectations to curfews, animals being fit to load, planning the journey and getting the paperwork right.
Read full story here

Farm Audits - can you stand by what you sell?

Around 3000 farm audits are conducted every year to ensure producers are abiding by the requirements of the red meat industry's quality assurance schemes. 
So how can you be sure that your farm ticks all of the relevant boxes? 
Read full story here

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