Sheep focussed forums return to EP

EWE TIME: Farm business consultant Ken Solly will speak at the It’s Ewe Time Forums. Picture: Cassandra Steeth

EWE TIME: Farm business consultant Ken Solly will speak at the It’s Ewe Time Forums. Picture: Cassandra Steeth

It’s Ewe Time, a new series of one of the sheep industry’s most popular extension and adoption programs, is coming to Ceduna, Kimba and Cummins.

The forums are designed to increase producer awareness of the principles, practices and tools of sheep enterprise profitability and productivity.

A joint initiative of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the forums are part of the flagship Making More From Sheep program.

The half-day forums will be conducted across Eyre Peninsula at Ceduna on August 2, Kimba on August 3 and Cummins on August 4.

MLA’s producer consultation and adoption general manager Michael Crowley said the forums were there to help sheep producers achieve more carcase value, produce more lambs and grow 10 per cent more wool.

“With sheepmeat and wool prices continuing at historic highs, particularly compared with grain prices, there is renewed interest in boosting productivity and profitability of sheep enterprises,” Mr Crowley said.

“Some mixed farmers are increasing the sheep portion of their enterprise mix and these forums will provide information to help facilitate that shift and boost productivity.

“The sheepmeat and wool industries have moved on a long way since 2011, when these forums were last held, and there’s more information to be thinking about and incorporating into your business.”

Topics include sheepmeat and wool market outlooks, supply opportunities and challenges, managing high performing ewes to wean more lambs, animal health, feed base options and enterprise planning and structure.

The forums will have a clear practice-change focus and will point interested producers to many of the extension and adoption tools available through MLA and AWI.

Cost is $25 per person and includes forum booklet and all catering.

For more information and to register visit www.wool.com/events.

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