BWBL Group profiles
BWBL Darlington (Elephant and Emu) Group – Benchmarking and recovery
Read Daniel Gilmour's story of his farm surviving the 2018 Saint Patrick's Day bushfire and how the support of volunteers and his BWBL group helped his farm business recover and adapt.
BWBL Smeaton Group – Group gives confidence
Becoming members of the Smeaton network group is paying dividends for Justin and Katie Lindorff.
Minimal farming experience prior to joining the group, Justin and Katie have learnt, and continue to learn, better ways to run their farm ‘Rowsley’ near Bacchus Marsh.
BWBL St Arnaud Group – To wean or not to wean
Producers are often misinformed about the benefits of weaning.
The St Arnaud group were keen to explore and weigh up the impact of weaning on dressing percentage and possible setback to lambs, compared to potentially higher liveweights for weaned lambs and the benefits to ewe reproductive efficiency.
BWBL Pyrenees and Smeaton Groups – Improving ram performance
Members of the Pyrenees (Avoca) and Smeaton BestWool/BestLamb groups recently participated in a practical on-farm workshop, ‘RAMping Up Repro’.
The workshop covered best practice ram management in the months leading up to joining.
BWBL Willaura – New Zealand tour
In June 2019, Steve Cotton arranged a tour for the Willaura BWBL group to look at Merino systems in New Zealand. Thirteen producers took part in the tour.
The 5-day tour started in Christchurch and finished in Queenstown and on average 4 properties were visited each day.
A big 'take home message' for the group was the New Zealander's approach to feed. Through winter, different stock feeds, such as rye corn, kale and swedes are grown.
BWBL Bairnsdale Group profile
In this profile, we meet the BWBL Bairnsdale Group which has been running for around 20 years.
The group meets six times a year, on farm, to discuss local issues and share information on running profitable and sustainable wool and prime lamb enterprises.