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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2007-08
PHOTO: KELLIE PENFOLD ewe nutrition guidelines LIfeTIMeWooL: This year, the AWI-supported Lifetime Wool project has developed, demonstrated and communicated practical guidelines that allow allocation of feed resources to breeding ewes to optimise their wool production (quality and quantity) and the lifetime performance of their progeny. These ewe nutrition management guidelines are backed by rigorous science and economics to optimise ewe and lamb wool productivity and profitability. importantly it is supported by seminars, forums and training to assist sheep producers to ensure that they are applying the latest knowledge and tools to their businesses. A national coordinator network has delivered 63 different workshops to over 1,100 producers. Of these, 98 per cent rated them as either useful or very useful, and 85 per cent reported that they would change practices as a result of what they learned. As a demonstration of the reach of these activities relative to the national flock, participants had an average flock size of around 4,000 sheep, and/or produce about 100 bales of wool each year. Making More From Sheep has exceeded its Year 1 targets for awareness, participation at events and manual sales. More information: AWI Helpline 1800 070 099 www.makingmorefromsheep.com.au The breeding ewe plays a pivotal role in the wool production system – she is the engine room of the wool business. It makes good sense to have her in the right condition at the right time as her condition affects reproduction levels and lamb survival, the wool she and her progeny produce and pasture utilisation and efficient use of feed resources. Lifetime Wool is a national project, supported by wool producers through AWI and five state government departments, across southern Australia. The key messages from Lifetime Wool, to keep ewes in condition score 2.5 or better, is now well known and targeted in the industry. The project has demonstrated by keeping ewes in optimal condition prior to and during pregnancy that: – lambs are bigger, meaning survival is improved – weaning weight is greater, meaning improved weaner survival – progeny wool micron is finer and fleece weight greater – ewe mortality at lambing is less – ewe fleece weight is heavier, however micron is slightly broader The project has engaged approximately 20,000 producers, consultants and extensionists since its commencement in 2001. To date, 3000 woolgrowers managing 7.7 million ewes have adopted Lifetime Wool principles with an average benefit of $2 per ewe. The Lifetime Wool website provides the ewe management guidelines, tools and tips, background research results with economic analysis, for sheep producers across southern Australia. In addition, the following key hard copy resources are available from the AWI Helpline, 1800 070 099: – Ewe Management Handbook – there are separate cereal/sheep zone, high rainfall zone, and medium rainfall zone (WA annual pasture) editions – Feed Budget Tables – for drought/dry conditions in southern Australia – Feed Budget Tables – for green pastures in south-eastern Australia – Feed Budget Tables – for the break of season in annual pasture systems of southern Australia More information: www.lifetimewool.com.au AWI 07/08 ANNUAL 27
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