BestWool/BestLamb groups

Read the latest information from the BestWool BestLamb groups around Victoria:

2022 editions

South West Prime Lamb Group

Dung beetlesFour people digging in grass with utes in the background.

August 2022 edition

Dung beetles have been the focus of on-farm demonstrations underway with the South West Prime Lamb Group (SWPLG). The group established an Enhanced Producer Demonstration Site (EPDS), co-funded by Agriculture Victoria and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and sought support through the Dung Beetle Ecosystem Engineers (DBEE) project.

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Pyrenees and Smeaton BestWool/BestLamb groups

Precision soil mapping in central Victorian pastures

May 2022 edition

Pasture, grass cutting tool, pasture cut calibration square tool, paper bag with cut grass sample inside, field officer's hands collecting pasture cuts.A producer demonstration project, ‘Precision soil mapping in central Victorian pastures’ is investigating the benefits and costs of precision soil mapping and variable rate applications (VRA), compared to traditional soil testing and fertiliser/ameliorant applications. The comparison is undertaken through a paired-paddock demonstration across four sites in Central Victoria.

The project is a collaboration between the Pyrenees and Smeaton BestWool/BestLamb groups, Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd and Agriculture Victoria, with funding from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

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Boort BestWool/BestLamb group

Using drones on-farm to monitor sheep welfare

April 2022 edition

The Boort BestWool/BestLamb group have recently finished a three-year on-farm trial investigating the usefulness of drones to monitor lambing ewes and other farming operations.

The on-farm demonstration was set up in early 2019, with funding from Meat and & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Agriculture Victoria.

The group chose to investigate the practicality and usefulness of a drone to monitor sheep welfare at lambing, and at other critical times in the year, to see if the technology reduced time and labour costs normally associated with these tasks.

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Western Plains BestWool/BestLamb group

Final year of Producer Demonstration Site shows management can influence lamb survival

March 2022 edition

Newborn twin lambs in the shelter trial.The Western Plains BestWool/BestLamb (BWBL) group have recently finished a three-year on-farm Producer Demonstration Site in south west Victoria which looked at factors impacting lamb survival. The project looked at ewe condition and feed on offer throughout pregnancy, as well as mob size and shelter at lambing, and how each of these factors influenced lamb survival rates and was funded by Agriculture Victoria and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

To view their findings, read the Group Profile below.


2021 editions

Boorhaman BestWool/BestLamb group

Prime lamb production systems

June 2021 edition

In this month's profile, we look at the Boorhaman BestWool/BestLamb group's three-day tour visiting multiple south west Victorian sheep producers. The group were eager to compare how producers measure success, what their key performance indicators are and what are the factors that drive profit in their businesses. With the focus on lamb finishing systems, pasture and grazing management, including stocking rates and lamb growth rates.

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St Arnaud BestWool/BestLamb group

To wean or not to wean prime lambs

May 2021 edition

In this month’s profile, we revisit the St Arnaud BestWool/BestLamb  group to get an update on their MLA producer demonstration site 'To wean or not to wean'. Two years into the demonstration, what is the data collected showing about the production benefits of weaning lambs at 12 weeks of age.

Apsley, Balmoral and Fiery Creek BestWool/BestLamb groups

This hat fits every farmer

In this profile, we focus on the importance of health and mental wellbeing in all farming businesses. Learn more about The National Centre for Farmer Health's new Farmer HAT tool, the involvement of the Apsley, Balmoral and Fiery Creek BestWool/BestLamb (BWBL) groups in the pilot program and how other BWBL groups can participate in this program.

April 2021 edition

Western Plains BestWool/BestLamb group

Lamb survival management strategies

February 2021 edition

In this month’s group profile, we revisit the Western Plains BestWool/BestLamb Group to learn about the results of the second year of their three year on-farm demonstration site, which is focused on management strategies for improving lamb survival.

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