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Hands on sheep innovation day, Armidale (NSW)

Tuesday 19th of May 2015


All sheep producers are invited to the Sheep Innovation Day at the University of New England’s (UNE) Kirby Farm in Armidale on Friday, May 29 2015.

The innovation day will give producers a clear view of Sheep CRC research programs and what they will deliver for the sheep industry - practical outcomes that can make a difference to business performance.

One of the themes that is consistent with all of the CRC’s programs, is the importance of measurement in order to make better management and selection decisions. This is the key to managing the risk of compromised wellbeing, within-flock selection for productivity, management of prime lamb performance and genetic improvement.

Sheep CRC’s Industry Engagement and Training Co-ordinator Lu Hogan says that as well as presentations on the CRC’s research initiatives, there will be an opportunity to get a better understanding of the latest measurement systems and sheep handling equipment, through practical hands-on demonstrations.

"Producers will have the opportunity to discuss details of the latest in eID (electronic identification) technologies that make flock management easier and more productive as well as seeing equipment in action and trialling it themselves", she said.

"The company reps that sell the equipment as well as the Kirby staff that have extensive experience in the measurement and management systems will be on-hand to discuss all practical aspects."

The day will start with presentations from sheep industry experts:

  • Sheep CRC CEO James Rowe: Overview of the latest Sheep CRC research
  • UNE Prof. Geoff Hinch: Sheep wellbeing and productivity
  • MLA Adoption Manager Richard Apps: Sheep meat value chains
  • UNE Dr. Sam Clarke: Genetics and genomics
  • Sheep Genetics Manager Hamish Chandler: The Resource Flock and Followers
  • Lu Hogan: Using eID in sheep enterprises

After lunch the innovation day will move to the new shearing shed at Kirby, where producers will be able to talk with the shed designer and see fleece tracking and measurement in action.

There will also be demonstrations of weighing, auto-drafting and data management using different systems. The CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation is co-funded under the Commonwealth Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program Transforming wool, meat and the sheep that produce them

Blood card sampling for genomic testing is becoming increasingly important for ram breeders and there will be a demonstration and discussion on this technology.

Supported by the Sheep CRC, Meat & Livestock Australia and University of New England, the free innovation day includes morning tea and a barbecue lunch.

Where: SMART House Innovation Centre & Shearing Shed, Kirby Farm, Weir’s Road, Armidale

When: Friday, May 29 2015 10am-3.00pm


More information is available at www.sheepcrc.org.au

Media contact: Michael Thomson on 07 4927 0805 / 0408 819 666

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