The National Producer and Service Provider’s surveys have both been completed.The results of both surveys will be analysed and presented as a full evaluation report by 31 May 2014.
A draft of the High Rainfall Zone Summer Rainfall edition of ‘Sheep the simple guide’ has been developed with input from Bob Hall, Lewis Kahn and Chris Shands. It is expected that it will be completed soon.
The University of New England (UNE) has commenced management of the ParaBoss program with Lewis Kahn as Executive Officer and Deb Maxwell as Communications Officer.
A total of 12 RamSelect workshops have been delivered since January 2014 and more workshops are scheduled over the next few months to university, high school and TAFE students.
The CRC organised a very successful workshop on ‘Effective Use of Genomics’ for 24 service providers in Armidale during March.
Education modules for RamSelect, eID, fly, lice and worm management were made available to the University of New England for use in the Bachelor of Agribusiness degree program. Other universities have also requested the course.
A paper on maternal efficiency based on a combined analysis of Information Nucleus Flock follower reproduction data is progressing well and will be circulated for review by co-authors soon. This is on target for inclusion in the second Sheep CRC Special Edition of the Journal ‘Animal Production Science’.
An initial analysis on mortality risk has been completed including the impact of "disease" factors such as worm egg count and flystrike on presence/absence at 750 days. Modelling of targeted treatment strategies is progressing slowly.
The Sheep & their Management Program addresses key on-farm industry issues of labour efficiency and profitability; reproductive efficiency and animal welfare; parasite control and chemical use and environmental impacts of sheep via greenhouse gas emission through: