BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB conference videos
Key presentations from the 2016 BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB conference can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
- Conference dinner – "Are we prepared?"
Dr Charles Milne, CVO with Agriculture Victoria, discusses his experience in dealing with Foot and Mouth outbreaks in the UK and the lessons for us in preparedness and the consequences.
- Classing up the opportunities for sheep
Georgia Twomey, senior analyst with Rabobank, presents on the opportunities and market implications for the sheep industry.
- Building resilience
John Mulvany, OMJ consulting, discusses key aspects of resilience in farm businesses based on experience as a consultant in the dairy industry, but relevance to the sheep industry.
- Designing sheep fit for purpose
Mark Ferguson, New Zealand Merino, outlines the importance of and the strategies for breeding the 'right' sheep for the business with reference to work being done in New Zealand.
- Getting motivated – Making change
Nathan Scott, Achieve Ag Solutions, challenges you to use what you learn.
- What worms where
Robert Suter, Agriculture Victoria, navigates the insides of a sheep to show what worms live where, and the impacts they have on sheep health.
- Managing sheep worms
Andrew Whale discusses the need to monitor worm burdens and use the wormboss website for local and general worm management strategies
- The role of fibre in the sheep diet
Jim Gibbs from Lincoln University in New Zealand explains the science behind the role and need for fibre in the sheep diet and so when and if additional fibre is required.
- Land tenure options – Getting in /getting out of farming
Duncan Ashby, Ashby and Co., outlines options for getting in or out of farming looking at lease and contract farming models.
- Managing the tail end lambs
McKenzie Craig, (lamb producer) with Kristy Howard as co-ordinator of the BWBL group, discuss how they identified and managed tail end lambs to imporve options and profit for the farm business.
Bestwool/Bestlamb 2015 conference videos
Key presentations from the 2015 BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB conference can be viewed by clicking the links below.
- Jason Trompf, Chairman of Networks advisory committee - BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB summarises the event program and highlights
- Transforming the farm with smart technology
Shane Carter, ZI ARGUS outlines the technology that can make Agriculture 'the coolest profession on earth'
- Embracing change on-farm
John Ramsay, sheep producer from Bothwell, Tasmania; talks about the key things he used to embrace some major changes on their farm, as part of the MLA Challenge
- Flock dynamics and future opportunities
Jason Trompf challenges producers to achieve potential from the ewe base – "For ewes to thrive – Do the 5"
- What are the 'odds' of a boom or bust spring – Using climate prediction tool effectively
Graeme Anderson, Climate Extension Specialist from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources presented to a captive audience on how to use seasonal forecasting tools effectively."
- Pasture variety selection
Andrew Speirs, Meridian Agriculture, talks about selection of perennial pasture species referring to results of MLA pasture variety trials.
- All things sheep feet - Footrot, the disease
John WebbWare, Mackinnon Project, covers footrot, the disease and getting the right diagnosis.
- All things sheep feet -Eradication program
Jack Briscoe, livestock contractor, talks about key aspects of a successful footrot eradication program.
- The lowdown on lime
Jim Shovelton, Meridian Agriculture, covers all the 'need to know' on using lime on pastures.
- Unbalanced mineral intake in pregnant ewes grazing cereals
David Masters, Murdoch University WA discusses his investigation into the benefits and problems of unbalanced minerals in pregnant ewes grazing cereals.
- Lifetime Ewe Management App - A Farmer's Perspective
Edward Blackwell, a sheep producer from Dunkeld, Victoria, discusses the benefits of using the Lifetime Ewe Management App on farm.
- Pregnancy scanning – making it pay
Scott Howell a producer from Avoca, Victoria, gives an insight into how pregnancy scanning effects his bottom line. Lee Beattie of Beattie Consulting Services discusses the benefits of pregnancy scanning - in terms of both productivity and profitability.
- Key tips for training working dogs
Ian O'Connell a dog breeder and trainer from Casterton covers the key tips for training working dogs.
- What the Top Farmers do well consistently
"Top 20% of producers are earning more than 3x as much the average producers. They grow more grass and they use it well" Paul Blackshaw, Senior Farm Business Economist from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources presents on what the top farmers do consistently well -what's behind the figures.
- High performing maidens
Andrew Kennedy, Sheep Industry Specialist from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources discusses the keys to getting performance from maiden (lambs and hoggets) ewes.
- Defining management targets for crossbred ewes to drive productivity
Andrew Thompson from Murdoch University outlines some of the early results from a project looking at management targets for crossbred ewes.
- Managing yourself and your business when swimming against the tide
Ken Solly, consultant from S.A, talks about managing the people side of the farming business when times get tough. - "it's not about how high you fly, but how well you bounce".
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