This event was an initiative of WMLIG and Central Murray BestWool BestLamb. It was funded by Australian Wool Innovation, the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and the Murray Local Land Services.
19th June 2017 Our annual 'Wakool Sheep Night' was held at the Wakool Services Club, covering key topics such as pasture management, lamb survival and breeding a balanced Merino. Presenters Damian Jones, Tim Leeming and Andrew Kennedy had participants brimming with questions and ideas for their own enterprises.
Damian gave an overview of the Economically Viable Options for Retired Irrigation Land (EVORIL) project and explained how improved pasture management can boost sheep production even in marginal paddocks. Tim Leeming spoke about increasing lambing percentage by controlling nutrition, having a close joining period and well sheltered paddocks. He recommended scanning ewes for multiples and separating out twin bearing ewes to tailor their nutritional requirements.
Andrew Kennedy followed Tim's presentation with a discussion on sheep genetics and how to determine your breeding parameters. His main points were to clearly determine your objectives prior to breeding, select for traits and use ASBV's. Australia has some of the best ASBV databases in the world!