Sheep CRC Practical Wisdom (PW) Notes is a series of practical information published to assist sheep producers to make sound decisions about technology and practices and to then have the know-how to implement their decisions. These notes are created around the technology and practices that the Sheep CRC has investigated, thus they are not intended to cover all aspects of sheep management. New notes will be uploaded as we convert our research results into useful information.
The following PW notes are available for download below:
Education & Training; Wool quality; Genetics and genomics; Parasite control; Using ASBVs; Enterprise management; Nutrition; Sheepmeat; Reproduction.
The Harvey family operate Gilgai Farms at Geurie in Central West NSW. They run a fine/superfine Merino flock and a Simmental beef herd on 2,800 hectares, which is grazed using Holistic Management principles.
The Harveys had been visually selecting, micron testing and fleece weighing their hoggets for some 15 years and were looking for the next productivity leap for their Merino flock. They decided to trial individual electronic identification technology so they could better identify highly productive animals for retention in the flock. Individual animal performance measures were collected prior to and at the 2015 ewe hogget shearing. For each ewe hogget the information collected was used to generate a Rampower Index Value and Ranking. This information was used to select replacement ewes for the flock and culls for sale.