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Pathways to Productivity

Save the Date - Thursday 15th February 2018, Keith Institute


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Reedy Creek Mid-SE Irrigators & MFMG Pasture Field walk ‘Messina & More’

Held Thursday 16 November 2017 starting at Avenue Range


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Good Clover Bad Clover

Oestrogenic clovers can significantly impact lambing percentages. Read the first of the fact sheets produced as part of this project and handouts from the October Sheep Field Day


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Good Clover Bad Clover Field Day


The recent field day held at Conmurra had three informative speakers: 

Ian McFarland - Livestock Consultant, PIRSA Rural Solutions, Improving reproductive efficiency

Key points;

  • Impact of lamb survival rates on lambs marked. The common rate is 80% for singles, 50% for twins. Target should be 90% single and 70% twins.
  • What impacts lamb survival? Most is birth injury and long and difficult births followed by poor ewe nutrition
  • Lamb birthweight is the single biggest determinant of lamb survival in the first 72 hours. 
  • Improving reproductive efficiency. Important factors to consider;
    •Time of lambing –impact on conception rates
    •Ewe Management –condition score, mob size
    •Ram Management –5 T’s (8 -12 weeks before joining check rams teeth, toes, tackle, torso and testes)
    •Lamb mortality –lamb birthweight, ewe nutrition

Click here for the  Presentation pdf


David Woodard - Rural Solutions SA, Oestrogenic clovers effect on ewe fertility. 

Key points;

  • Oestrogenic Clover Disorder. 4 main cultivars of concern - Yarloop, Dinninup, Dwalganup & Geraldton. Would you be able to recognise them?
  • Clover Disease Symptoms include - Lowered ewe fertility, Higher % dry ewes, Difficult births & post natal
    mortality in lambs, Prolapse of the uterus – higher % than normal, Udder development in maiden ewes and wethers
  • Managing Clover Disease 

Click here for the  Presentation pdf for more information and great photos to help you identify the "bad" clovers


Michelle Cousins - Cousins Merino Service, Data Management and Decision Support Programs for EID Technologies

Key points; 

  • What is Electronic Identification? Why do we want to use it? 
  • Precision Sheep Management gives the producer the ability to make decisions based on an individual animals performance and tailor management systems accordingly
  • What equipment is out there?
  • Data management and Apps
  • 5 common eID mistakes you can avoid

For more information on all the key points click here  Presentation pdf