Murdoch University maiden ewe reproduction survey

Calling on sheep producers who scan for multiple lambs and manage ewe lambs/maiden ewes separately during the lambing period – we need your help!

Murdoch University PhD candidate Elise Bowen is conducting a survey to better understand current sheep reproductive rates across Australia. This study forms part of a larger project, funded by Meat & Livestock Australia that is looking at improving the reproductive performance of ewes joined as lambs and hoggets.

The key benefit from this study to farm businesses will be a set of benchmarks to compare the reproductive performance of your sheep against regional and national targets.

Survey respondents will be asked to provide some information about the characteristics of their sheep flocks and scanning rates as well as some data on the number of lambs present at lambing.

Please read the instructions carefully, no questions are compulsory to answer. Please email the completed survey to elisejbowen@gmail.com.

The final report and publications from this project will not identify any individuals or businesses participating in the study. Any records that identify you or your business will be stored securely and not shared without your consent.

Download an electronic copy of the survey here.

For further information on this project, call Caroline Jacobson (0418 953 173) or Serina Hancock (0403 570 823).

Thank you for your support and contribution.

 

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Photo: Georgia McCarthy 

Sponsorship opportunities available for Red Meat Updates 2020

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Sponsorship opportunities for Red Meat Updates 2020 are now available!

Red Meat Updates (RMU) is Tasmania’s premier red meat industry event, consistently attracting over 350 attendees each year. RMU provides a platform for producers, advisors, researchers and industry stakeholders to come together to network and learn. With red meat producers making up 70% of attendees, there is no other forum in Tasmania where you will see such a large number of producers in one place.

Take up of  sponsorship packages has been very strong this year, if you are interested in sponsoring Red Meat Updates for 2020 please get in touch early so you don’t miss out on your preferred option.*

View the 2020 Red Meat Updates sponsorship prospectus here.
Download the 2020 Red Meat Updates sponsor registration form here.

The eighth annual Red Meat Updates event will be held on Friday, 24 July 2020.
Keep up to date with Red Meat Updates event planning by following us on social media;

For more information on sponsorship opportunities contact our sponsorship coordinator Sarah Churchill at redmeatupdates@macfrank.com.au or on 0408 340 074.

*Please note that sponsorship packages will be awarded on a first in, first served basis.

 

Thank you for attending Red Meat Updates 2019

A big thank you to everyone who attended Red Meat Updates 2019 on Friday, July 26!

We had an overwhelming response to this year’s event, with 350 producers and industry members attending on the day and tickets selling out in just 10 days.

On behalf of the Red Meat Updates working group, we would like to thank everyone who attended, and  hope you thoroughly enjoyed your day. We would also like to extend a big thank you to all of our 2019 sponsors, without their support this event would not be the success that it is.

Revisit RMU 2019

The Red Meat Updates website www.redmeatupdates.com has now been updated with information from the 2019 event. You can revisit presentations from the day and view the 2019 Virtual Farm Tour, along with photos from the day here.

If you would like to Take the Next Step in your business and improve your:

  • Grazing management
  • Business management
  • Livestock management

We have collated a list of tools and resources and upcoming programs which you may be interested in. They can be found here.

Keep up to date!

To keep up to date with current industry news and Red Meat Updates 2020 development, follow us on social media

  • Twitter: @redmeatupdates
  • Facebook: Red Meat Updates – Tasmania
  • #RedMeatUpdates

Thank you again and we hope to see you at Red Meat Updates 2020!

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Registrations are now open for Red Meat Updates 2019!

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The Red Meat Updates working group are excited to announce that registrations for the 2019 Red Meat Updates are now open!

The 7th annual Red Meat Updates is jam packed full of local and interstate presenters, speaking on a variety of relevant red meat topics and projects. This year’s conference theme is ‘Getting down to business’ and we’ve worked hard to put together a program which focuses on all aspects of farm business productivity, including a more intensive focus on human resource management with our new ‘Getting Down to Business’ session.

You can view the full 2019 program here

Red Meat Updates is free for red meat producers and sponsors, full fee tickets can be purchased for $300 ex GST.

See you there!

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The March Livestock Health Monitoring Report is now available!

The March Livestock Health Monitoring Report is now available!

This report outlines various health issues seen in flocks and herds across Tasmania in March 2019.

Several cases of photosensitisation were observed in sheep, dairy cows and deer during March. Photosensitisation is an inflammation of the skin, and in some cases can affect the cornea and conjunctiva of the eye. Photosensitisation can be caused by stock eating a range of plants with photosensitising pigments or as secondary illness resulting from liver damage usually caused by plant toxins, blue-green algae or fungal toxins.

Animals affected with photosensitisation can exhibit a range of symptoms including; irritation, redness and swelling of the affected areas, swollen droopy ears (from oedema), discharge from eyes, and dead, peeling skin in the affected areas with inflammation and scabbing on the underlying skin. Animals with photosensitisation often actively seek shade, exhibit restlessness (cattle may kick at udders or present a drop in milk production) and rub affected areas.

To control photosensitisation outbreaks in your flocks or mobs; Take blood samples from affected animals to check for liver damage, move off paddocks and offer deep shade. Check water source for blue-green algae, pastures for poisonous or pigment plants (e.g. storksbill, rough dogs’ tail or medics) and conduct a spore count of pastures to check for Pithomyces (results in facial eczema).

Treat affected animals with anti-inflammatories or antihistamines and antibiotic cover if necessary.

Read the full report.

Find all previous reports here https://tasanimalhealth.weebly.com/

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The February Livestock Health Monitoring Report is now available!

The February Livestock Health Monitoring Report is now available!

This report outlines various health issues seen in flocks and herds across Tasmania in February 2019.

February saw many cases of body lice in sheep, widespread throughout Tasmania. Sheep body lice (Bovicola ovis) can cause irritation to sheep and can also cause significant economic losses from damaged fleece, high treatment costs and limited sale opportunities. Signs of lice infestation include animals rubbing, biting and scratching.

To check for lice, part the wool a number of times where sheep are rubbed or matted or at least 10 times per side from the neck to the thigh. Lice are small (approximately 2mm long), have a reddish broad head and a pale white body. If you use glasses to read, use them when checking for lice. In sunlight, lice can be seen moving away from the exposed area and back into the wool.

Sheep body lice are controllable and preventable. If lice are found and it will be some time before they can be shorn and treated, a suppressive long-wool treatment can be used. Team should be aware of and abide by all wool handling and harvesting restrictions. If you have mobs which have different shearing and treatment times, make sure they are well separated from each other. Use up to date and current lice products and correct treatment technique for off-shears eradication when shorn. Complete regular muster and ensure good fencing. It is important to be aware that goats can also carry sheep lice.

Read the whole February report. 

The January Livestock Health Monitoring Report is now available!

The January Livestock Health Monitoring Report is now available!

This report outlines various health issues seen in flocks and herds across Tasmania in January 2018

This month saw several cases of sheep measles in animals from many properties observed at an abattoir. The measles take form as small, white lumps in the heart or skeletal muscles of the sheep. While sheep measles do not affect animal growth rates they do have a significant effect on carcase quality and the carcases need to be trimmed or condemned if severely infected.

Sheep measles is contracted through the transfer of tapeworm eggs in dog faeces onto pasture which is then ingested by the sheep. To prevent an outbreak on your property, ensure that all dogs (including visiting hunter’s and contractor’s dogs) are treated every 30 days with a wormer containing praziquantel.

Read the full report.

 

The December Livestock Health Monitoring Report is now available!

 

The December Livestock Health Monitoring Report is now available!

This report outlines various health issues seen in flocks and herds across Tasmania in December 2018.

This month has seen several cases of barber’s pole worm occur earlier in the year than usual, and on some properties in the Southern Midlands that have not previously diagnosed it before. Barber’s pole worms suck blood and cause anaemia, therefore animals can die without scouring. Signs of infection can include paleness on the inside of eyelids and bottle jaw (swelling under the jaw).

If your property has a history of barber’s pole, worm egg counts on manure samples should be conducted every three weeks from December until first frosts appear. To control outbreak, drench mobs and then conduct a drench test (worm egg count 10-14 days after drenching) to ensure it has been effective.

Read the full report.

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Bottle jaw observed in a bull 

There’s still time to sponsor Red Meat Updates 2019!

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Sponsorship packages are being snapped up quickly but there are still opportunities available if you and your team want to be a part of Tasmania’s premier red meat industry event.

Packages still available include:

  • Major sponsor x 1
  • Getting down to business sponsor x 1
  • Peak industry body sponsor x 3
  • Networking drinks sponsor x 1
  • Conference bag sponsor

To view these packages in full, check out the 2019 sponsorship prospectus.

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November Livestock Health Monitoring Report now available!

This report outlines various health issues seen in flocks and herds across Tasmania during November 2018.

Two outbreaks of Mycoplasma ovis anaemia were observed in one southern Tasmanian flock. Mycoplasma ovis is usually seen in lambs several weeks after lamb marking. Signs include lameness, pale gums and deaths. The bacterial infection is spread via lamb marking equipment and insects and will destroy the animal’s red blood cells, resulting in anaemia. To treat, leave lambs alone on good feed and water for 4-6 weeks. Yarding and handling infected lambs can precipitate deaths when animals are severely anaemic. It is also possible to treat the whole mob by administering an oxytetracycline antibiotic.

The recent report shows that Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) is still occurring in Tasmania with a recent outbreak confirmed in one flock in southern Tasmania. It is critical that all lambs not targeted for slaughter (e.g. ewe lambs, ram lambs) are vaccinated at marking or weaning each year with the Gudair vaccine. Signs of OJD include weight loss in adult sheep and scouring (not in every case), sheep not responding to drench and death generally within weeks of first signs being observed. Vaccination will reduce losses to very low numbers.

View the whole report Livestock Health Monitoring Report November 2018

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Carcass on the left is from a sheep affected by OJD, and the carcass on the right is a from an unaffected sheep from the same mob.