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.


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. 


There’s still time to sponsor Red Meat Updates 2019

Red Meat_header_plainOnly a few Red Meat Updates 2019 sponsorship opportunities are still available!

Sponsorship packages are flying out the door but there’s still time to make sure your business is represented at the seventh annual Red Meat Updates!

This event consistently attracts over 300 Tasmanian red meat industry members and gives you and your business the opportunity to network directly with Tasmanian sheep and cattle producers.

We have seven sponsorship packages still available:

  • Major sponsor
  • Getting down to business session sponsor
  • Peak industry body sponsor
  • Media sponsor
  • Networking drinks sponsor
  • Welcome refreshments sponsor
  • Conference bag sponsor

For full details on each of these sponsorship packages, check out the Red Meat Updates 2019 – Sponsorship Prospectus. 

2018 Virtual Farm Tour now online!

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The 2018 Virtual Farm Tour is now online!

This year in our virtual farm tour we visited Scott Colvin’s property Nosswick’, at Blackwood Creek in the Northern Midlands. We heard from Scott about his business enterprises and management practices as well as the succession process for the Colvin family.

Thank you to our Virtual Farm Tour sponsor, TP Jones & Co.

The virtual farm tour can be viewed here

Presentations and photos now up on Red Meat Updates website

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If you missed out on attending Red Meat Updates this year or just want to brush up on the key points you heard about on the day, presentations from Red Meat Updates 2018 are now available online!

Many of the presentations, along with the conference proceedings (which lists contact details for most presenters).

If you are feeling motivated after attending Red Meat Updates and would like to find out more about a certain topic or take the next step and upskill, we have compiled a list of upcoming events and online resources. Click here to Take the Next Step.

To keep up to date throughout the year on various events, news and relevant resources, like ‘Red Meat Updates – Tasmania’ on Facebook or follow @RedMeatUpdates on Twitter.




Presentations and photos now up on Red Meat Updates website

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Presentations and photos from Red Meat Updates 2017 are now available on our website.

We have also included the conference proceedings, which lists contact details for many of the presenters, and a link to the Virtual Farm Tour.

If you are motivated to find out more about a certain topic after attending Red Meat Updates, we have a list of upcoming events and online resources on our Take the Next Step page.

If you would like to stay up to date on various events, news and resources during the year, “like” Red Meat Updates on Facebook or “follow” us on Twitter.

Tasmanian sheep producer matching management and investment to land capability

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A great article about one of our Red Meat Updates presenters, Charles Downie, from Tasmania’s Derwent Valley.

Charles’ property, Glenelg Estate, is primarily a grazing business running over 16,000 sheep on dryland pasture.  On Friday the 28th of July, Charles will be talking at Red Meat Updates about how he uses his farm records and data collected to aid decision making on appropriate stocking rates, fertiliser use and capital investment. See the full article in the Tasmanian Country here.

With less than two weeks to go and only about 100 places left, make sure you register to attend Red Meat Updates soon. Click here to register online.

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The Tasmanian Country is the media sponsor for Red Meat Updates 2017.

Lamb numbers challenge adds up, says Red Meat Updates presenter, Stephen Creese

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This week’s Tasmanian Country has an article about one of our Red Meat Updates working group members, Stephen Creese.  Stephen will be presenting at the Red Meat Updates conference at the end of this month about his experiences with intensive lamb finishing and the role of irrigation.

To read the full article in the Tasmanian Country, click here.

Or come along to Red Meat Updates and hear from Stephen first hand!  Registration is  essential and places are filling fast – click here to register online.

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The Tasmanian Country is the media sponsor for Red Meat Updates 2017.