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Southern NSW producers flock to workshop

Animal Health Issues


June 16, 2014

Selection for improved Merino genetics and production was the focus of a two-day Bred Well Fed Well workshop hosted by Pooginook in southern NSW in March.

Jointly funded by Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation, Bred Well Fed Well is a practical one-day workshop highlighting the key production benefits of superior genetics and feed management for flock productivity.

Fox & Lillie Rural wool buyer and Culcairn branch manager Jenni Turner was quick to encourage her clients to attend the workshop at Walbundrie.

“I heard Pooginook was interested in holding a Bred Well Fed Well day, I was keen to get my clients along,’’ Ms Turner said.

“I highly recommend the program to all sheep breeders and would like to thank Pooginook for hosting the two day workshop.’’

Ms Turner said up to 60 wool and sheep meat producers attended from Culcairn, Holbrook, Pleasant Hills, Rand and Henty.

“The topics covered included genetic selection using the combination of visual selection and ASBVs, and condition scoring through to simple but comprehensive nutritional management of the ewe base,’’ she said.

“I like all my clients to go to these days as it becomes evident what kind of production gains are possible and how to practically achieve them.

“Pooginook provided an impressive selection of ewes and rams for the workshop. The future for the Merino industry is very exciting.’’