Flock rams up for sale at Murchison East
Murchison East’s Heathmar Poll Dorset Stud will hold its 17th on-property sale on September 26, with 80 flock rams up for auction.
Poll Dorset, White Suffolk and Southdown rams will be up for auction at the Yentrac Prime Lamb Sires annual on-property sale on September 25.
Forty paddock-run and 10 shed-prepared rams will be up for sale at the Hynam Poll Merinos second on-property ram sale.
The Sammon Bros Majella ram stud, at Bungeet, will hold its 35th annual Poll Dorset ram sale on September 20, with a feature of the sale the progeny from two Kurralea rams purchased in 2017.
Improving feed conversion efficiency can increase farm productivity and profitability by increasing lamb output with lower feed costs.Feed is a significant cost in sheep production and Agriculture Victoria researchers have determined that prime lambs and ewes can vary substantially in feed conversion efficiency. Feed efficiency is a measure of how efficiently an individual sheep converts feed to product (for example, weight gain) and is expressed as FCR (feed conversion ratio) or RFI (residual feed intake). Agriculture Victoria research scientist Dr Stephanie Muir said researchers had been measuring feed efficiency in maternal composite ewes and rams of various breeds to determine the range in feed efficiency within the population.“Farm modelling has estimated that improving the feed conversion efficiency of the ewe flock could increase on-farm profitability by up to 33 per cent, or up to 38 per cent if lamb feed conversion efficiency was also improved,” Dr Muir said.To date Agriculture Victoria researchers have measured RFI in 500 maternal composite ewes post-weaning and as hoggets and adults. “For adult ewes, the most efficient ewe consumed 1.09kg of dry matter per day less than expected, while the least efficient ewe consumed 1.04kg DM/day more than expected,“ she said.“This means there is more than a 2kg DM difference in feed intake per day between the most and least feed efficient ewes for a given level of production.‘‘
The 2020 spring market for ewe lambs may well go down in history as a ‘legendary sweet spot’ for commercial breeders, according to Womboota Border Leicester stud principal Malcolm Starritt.
As the days get longer a change is triggered in chooks across the nation.
Wunnamurra Poll Dorset stud at Jerilderie will offer 170 Lambplan-tested rams for sale on September 12.
The Victorian Government is asking for feedback on proposed new regulations to prevent cruelty to animals in the state.
Grain-fed production is set to play a larger role in Australia’s beef sector, with the opportunity for the nation’s exports of grain-fed beef to China to increase by more than triple by 2030, according to new industry research. In its report, Opportunities for growth in Australian grain-fed beef, Rabobank said while the backbone of the Australian beef industry would remain a grass-based production system, grain feeding was forecast to play an increased role in the country’s overall beef production during the next 10 years. Continued growth in beef consumption in Asian countries, particularly China – along with Australia’s strong market access and competitive supply chain – will provide the opportunity for the nation’s total grain-fed beef exports to increase 65 per cent to more than 500,000 tonnes by 2030, according to the research.
Leading Australian fashion retailers Country Road Group and David Jones have recently made the commitment to phase out mulesed sheep wool from their lines in an attempt to advocate better animal protection in the fashion industry.
A multi-vendor sale at Shepparton Regional Saleyards on August 22 topped at $5000.
A ram by the name of Moorundie 219 sold for a top price of $35,000 at Sheepvention in Hamilton last week, eclipsing the previous record of $31,000.
Agriculture Victoria invites sheep and beef producers to a nutrition and management workshop with Dr Paul Cusack.
Livestock producer groups interested in running local projects to validate the on-farm benefits of research and development findings have until the end of August to apply for funding.
Nestlé today announced plans to close its Tongala factory meaning all 106 roles at the factory will be made redundant. The closure of the factory, which primarily produces tinned milk products, will be staged progressively throughout a period of up...
Authorities are investigating the suspected poisoning of 120 protected native birds, including 76 wedge-tailed eagles, after they were discovered on a property near Violet Town.
Voices for change and supportive applause is echoing across Tocumwal, as at least 1000 people rally to ‘Fix the Basin Plan’. Farmers and community members from across the district have flooded the Tocumwal Foreshore, many travelling for hours to...