I want to take the next step and improve my knowledge and skills in…
- Pasture & grazing management
- Business management
- Livestock management
Scroll down to find out about the tools, resources and training opportunities under each of these topics.
MLA’s Profitable Grazing Systems program
Have you previously been involved in More Beef from Pastures or Making More from Sheep events or training? MLA has a new extension program called Profitable Grazing Systems, which is focused on building skills to enable red meat producers to implement changes to their business to improve performance and sustainability.
Through Profitable Grazing Systems, you will be able develop and practice skills with small groups of like minded producers to improve business performance.
Whether you want to learn about genetics and reproduction, the value chain, feedbase or managing people and the business, specialist coaches work alongside groups to share their knowledge, skills and experience.
For more information about the Profitable Grazing Systems program, click here.
MLA’s Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) program
MLA’s PDS program ains to increase the rate of adoption of key management practices and technologies that improve business profitability, productivity and sustainability. This is achieved through supporting livestock producers working in peer to peer groups to pursue new skills, knowledge and management practices applicable to their own commerical livestock production systems.
The PDS annual open call is for preliminary applications is now open. All applications are to be submitted by COB Friday, 30 August.
For more information click here.
How to put together a PDS application:
* please note that this webinar was recorded in 2016 therefore due dates, number of projects likely to be funded and priority areas mentioned in this video may not apply to the current 2019 open call.
Pasture & grazing management
Grazing management decisions are the key driver for how productive and profitable livestock businesses are. On average, producers who have upskilled in grazing management lift their return on assets managed by three to six times. Click here to listen to the story of two producers who have recently undertaken a pasture management training course; Bruce Abblitt from Fairview Dairies at Redpa and Piers Dumaresq from Mount Ireh Estate at Longford.
Pasture Principles is currently recruiting for participants.
The Pasture Principles course has been approved by MLA as a recognised Profitable Grazing Systems training program and this means the course cost will be discounted by $600 per business for red meat producers (full course cost of $2,500 per business, minus the MLA discount of $600 = $1900). ** Please note that the discount has a finite source of funds, and this will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. **
- Western northern midlands (Cressy, Longford to Meander Valley districts)
- Eastern north midlands/Tamar (Tamar Valley, Nile and Evandale districts )
- Central midlands (Campbell Town, Tunbridge and Ross districts)
- South east (lower east coast and wider south east district)
- Alternatively, if you have a group of 8+ producers located elsewhere and are keen for a course, get in touch.
- An understanding of the relationship between plant requirements, leaf emergence rates and pasture growth
- Plant morphology and the relationship with pasture quality, pasture quantity and plant persistence
- Measuring and predicting pasture growth
- Allocation of pasture on a dry matter basis
- Variations in pasture quality throughout the season
- The relationship between stocking rate and pasture utilisation
- Animal requirements for maintenance, growth, pregnancy and lactation
- Feed budgeting
- Feed planning
- Marginal cost and marginal revenue decisions associated with feeding livestock
To register online for Pasture Principles 2019, click here.
Tools & resources
- Macquarie Franklin & RBT Grazing Management Tools
- MLA stocking rate calculator
- MLA feed demand calculator
- Pasture improvement calculator
- More Beef from Pastures online manual – pasture growth
- More Beef from Pastures online manual – pasture utilisation
- Making More from Sheep online manual – grow more pasture
- Making More from Sheep online manual – turn pasture into product
- Successful Silage – online manual
- EverGraze feed budget tool
Tools & resources
- MLA cost of production calculator
- More Beef from Pastures online manual – Setting directions
- Making More from Sheep online manual – Plan for success
- Making More from Sheep online manual – People & succession planning
Lifting Lamb Survival
If the 2018 lambing season highlighted some opportunities for you to improve your ewe and lamb survival, you’re not alone. Industry-wide, reproductive efficiency has been identified as a top priority for lifting productivity, profitability and improved animal welfare standards.
Lifting Lamb Survival is a practical on-farm training program focusing on learning and applying management practices to improve lamb and ewe survival. The program runs from pre-lambing to until after marking with four separate sessions, including three workshops held at a demonstration farm, and one visit to each participant’s property.
Lifting Lamb Survival is delivered in Tasmania by Leanne Sherriff and Georgia McCarthy from Macquarie Franklin, and a program will be delivered during the 2019 lambing season.
What you will learn:
- Strategies to improve lamb survival and reduce ewe wastage
- Best practice management for lambing
- How to prepare the ewes and their lambing paddocks to enable better lambing
- How to increase the kilograms of wool and/or lamb produced per hectare
This course is recognised under MLA’s Profitable Grazing Systems Program and the cost to participate is $1,120 (exc. GST) per business (two people per business).
For more information about Lifting Lamb Survival:
A minimum of six business are required for a Lifting Lamb Survival group to go ahead in 2019. Groups can be delivered anywhere in Tasmania given there is enough interest.
Tools & resources
This year at Red Meat Updates we featured a presentation on a newly released tool for sheep management called ASKBILL.
ASKBILL is a web based software program which provides timely and accurate predictions of sheep well being and productivity to sheep producers across Australia, by using weather, stock and pasture information.
By using individual farm records and big data, ASKBILL has the capability to spot risks and alert producers to opportunities to improve sheep production and well being, up to six months ahead of key husbandry events like joining, lambing, weaning and sale time.
ASKBILL was developed by the Sheep CRC, in conjunction with the University of New England and has an annual cost of $110 per business
ASKBILL explained in under three minutes:
To learn more about ASKBILL and start a free 7 day trial head to https://www.askbill.com.au/#/home
More online tools for livestock management
- More Beef from Pastures online manual – maximising weaner throughput
- More Beef from Pastures online manual – herd health & welfare
- Making More from Sheep online manual – wean more lambs
- Making More from Sheep online manual – sheep health
- MLA On-Farm-Biosecurity-Plan-Template