“Work smarter not harder - be more productive, more profitable and enjoy life even more”
A Central Murray Bestwool Bestlamb and Western Murray Land Improvement Group initiative.
When: Monday the 19th of September from 6.15pm
Where: Wakool RSL Club
More than 70 people attended the Annual Wakool Making More from Sheep Event titled, “Work smarter not harder – be more productive, more profitable and enjoy life even more” on Monday 19th September.
The evening was presented by Nathan Scott and Helen McGregor of Achieve Ag Solutions and covered topics ranging from pasture management and meeting the ‘red zone’ feed gaps after weaning, to the new technologies available such as animal scales linked to variable rate drench guns and drones that measure feed on offer in the paddock.
Working smarter is not all about capital improvement though, as there are generally management opportunities such as improved planning, labour allocation and prioritisation.
‘Planning is the key to efficiency and incremental improvement. It’s not a plan unless it’s written down’. If the workload and tasks seem overwhelming, break them down into weekly jobs, and when they are completed cross them off and you get a hit of dopamine, allowing you to enjoy work even more’.
‘You can’t improve what you don’t measure, but you also don’t want ‘analysis paralysis’. Only collect the data you will use to make improvements’, Nathan explained.
Amongst other tips, condition score whenever you handle sheep. You are better off condition scoring a few regularly, than condition scoring a lot of stock every now and then.
Choose a variety of pastures to provide resilience. Know what to plant at the right time and fill feed gaps and make sure that you understand the role of fibre. Most people believe we need more fibre, but the reality is in most cases we need less. Ideally we want neutral detergent fibre (NDF) to be around 32-35% for optimum animal performance. We get this in things like clover or Lucerne. Brassicas have a lot of bulk but are very low in NDF at around 25% for example, and while still good, will not allow optimum animal performance. Generally if it’s green, then the protein will be OK, and energy in most improved pastures is good, but fibre is often the forgotten component.
Rick Ellis, Chairman of the Central Murray BestWool Bestlamb Group thanked the Wakool RSL Club for the venue and Sandy’s catering team for the great lamb meal. Funding support from MLA and AWI’s ‘Making More from Sheep’ program, Vic Ag and the Western Murray Land Improvement Group, Murray Local Land Services and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, was also gratefully acknowledged.
Below: Central Murray BestWoolBestLamb Coordinator, Rick Ellis thanks the funders for allowing these workshops to take place.
Below: Over 70 landholders attended