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Weaners

Develop the skills and confidence to manage your weaners to achieve performance targets that improve animal welfare and whole farm profitability through the High Performance Weaners (HPW) course.

The primary focus of the course is to instill a 'measure-to-manage' approach that will provide participants with the key decision making tools for weaner management. HPW will help improve the reproductive performance of ewe lambs - particularly for prime lamb flocks.


HPW involves groups of 5 sheep producers undertaking 6 meetings during the year. Each meeting is strategically timed to coincide with key stages of weaner management, with session 1 held off-farm (involving multiple groups). Sessions 1 - 3 have a particular emphasis on pre-weaning management and establishing monitoring systems to suit individual enterprises. Sessions 4 - 6 enables participants to refine their weaners performance and provides further opportunities to modify their current management practices.

HPW is structured to maximise knowledge retention, skills development and practice change. The program involves professional facilitation of self-selected discussion groups, practice by doing, on-farm demonstration and teaching others.

Benefits:

  • Economic benefits of improved weaner management;
  • Improved lamb and weaner health management;
  • Improved pre and post weaner nutrition;
  • Improved animal welfare outcomes.

 

Lifetime Ewe Management would normally precede this course.

Testimonial
“Conception rates in ewe lambs went from 93 per cent in 2009 to 124 per cent in 2010, as a direct result of doing the High Performance Weaner course.” - James Peddie, Gazette

The course is coordinated by Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST), with a total cost of $2,100 per participant. It is registered with FarmReady and producers may be eligible for a reimbursable grant of up to $1,235 (refer to www.farmready.gov.au).

This information has been provided by Rural Industry Skills Training (RIST). To find out more please download the brochure located in 'Products and Training Resources' provided by RIST.

To contact RIST about the High Performance Weaner courses that are available please call or email:

Darren Gordon on 03 5573 0943/0408 114 656 or via email to dgordon@rist.com.au

Recommended users: commercial producers, lamb breeders, lamb finishers, advisors & consultants, teachers & educators

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High Performance Weaner Training

The primary focus of High Performance Weaners (HPW) is to instill a 'measure-to-manage' approach that will provide participants with the key decision making tools for weaner management. HPW will help improve the reproductive performance of ewe lambs - particularly for prime lamb flocks.


Producer Training

High Performance Weaner Course

Develop the skills and confidence to manage your weaners to achieve performance targets that improve animal welfare and whole farm profitability. The primary focus of High Performance Weaners (HPW) is to instill a 'measure-to-manage' approach that will provide participants with the key decision making tools for weaner management. HPW will help improve the reproductive performance of ewe lambs - particularly for prime lamb flocks.