One of the sheep industry’s most popular extension and adoption programs, It’s Ewe Time, returns in July and August, designed to increase producer awareness of the principles, practices and tools of sheep enterprise productivity and profitability.
A joint initiative of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the forums are part of the flagship Making More From Sheep program.
The forums will be held as half-day workshops across Southern New South Wales at Cooma, Gunning and Cowra on July 24-26; Northern NSW and Southern Queensland at Dubbo, Walgett and Dirranbandi on August 14-16, and in Queensland at Longreach, Tambo and Mitchell on August 21-23.
MLA General Manager – Producer Consultation & Adoption, Michael Crowley, said the objective of the half-day forums was to help producers achieve productivity increases in the form of carcase value, reproduction rates and reducing cost of production.
“With the strength of the sheepmeat and wool markets there is renewed interest in boosting productivity and profitability of sheep enterprises to ensure the resilience of the industry continues,” Mr Crowley said.
“Some mixed farmers are increasing the sheep portion of their enterprise and these forums will provide information to help facilitate that shift and support sustainable business management.”
AWI General Manager Woolgrower Services, Stephen Feighan said while seasonal conditions are unfortunately very dry in many regions across Australia, the forums have been designed to help sheep and wool producers to plan and create more flexible and resilient businesses to achieve increased productivity and profitability.
“Each of the forums will deliver the latest research and information outcomes to ensure producers leave with confidence and the tools on how to best manage their flocks for current and future seasons,” Mr Feighan said.
Topics to be covered include sheepmeat and wool market outlooks, managing ewes in dry times, maximising lamb and weaner performance, animal health, integrating cropping and livestock and how to maximise profits from sheep.
The forums will have a clear practice-change focus and will point interested producers to many of the extension and adoption tools available through MLA and AWI.
The forums will be held on the following dates:
- Tuesday 24 July – Cooma, NSW
- Wednesday 25 July – Gunning, NSW
- Thursday 26 July – Cowra, NSW
- Tuesday 14 August – Dubbo, NSW
- Wednesday 15 August – Walgett, NSW
- Thursday 16 August – Dirranbandi, Queensland
- Tuesday 21 August – Longreach, Queensland
- Wednesday 22 August – Tambo, Queensland
- Thursday 23 August – Mitchell, Queensland