Do you know your lamb chump from your lamb shank, or how to make your own easy-carve lamb roast?
Professor Dave Pethick, Meat Quality Program Leader with Sheep CRC, and specialist butcher Rafael Ramirez, feature in the YouTube video ‘Lamb leg secrets with the Butcher and the Doc’, demonstrating how to identify cuts including the chump or rump, silverside, round, shank, topside and how to debone a lamb leg to produce an easy-carve roast.
The Sheep CRC hosted a very successful Sheep Innovation Day at the SMART Farm Innovation Centre, Kirby Farm, Armidale on May 29th. More than 120 people attended. The program provided an overview of CRC research and development activities. The afternoon session showcased eID technology with Allflex, Gallagher, Tru-Test, Sapien and Practical Systems providing hands-on demonstrations.
To watch the video click here.
Transforming the genetic make-up of a flock of sheep is no longer an inter-generational task, but one that has been achieved by Queensland woolgrower Stuart Mitchell in just six years through the use of objective selection tools.
Mr Mitchell and wife Barb run 9000 Merinos at ‘Cashelvale’, Bollon, and have dramatically transformed the flock’s appearance and performance so they could cease mulesing without putting the flock at risk of flystrike, while also achieving finer micron wool.
Mr Mitchell said the keys to success were having a clear breeding objective, selecting rams against those objectives using Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs), and buying teams of similar rams for across the board genetic impact.
To watch the video click here.
Close analysis of objective data and a commitment to buying rams in well-matched teams is driving significant and consistent improvement across the flock of Central West NSW producer Anthony Drenkhahn. Mr Drenkhahn has enjoyed average lambing rates of 112 per cent and up to 126 per cent from his 2000-ewe Merino flock, which he puts down to the selection accuracy provided by Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs).
And he can see more rapid gains and major labour savings on the way as a result of using DNA testing.
A willingness to try something new and to adopt technology early has dramatically changed for the better in the Mortimer family’s sheep breeding operation in Central West NSW.
The Mortimers and the members of the Centre Plus ram breeding group are enjoying the benefits of accelerated rates of genetic improvement in their flocks with generation intervals being shortened by up to a year.
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The number of sheep recorded with MERINOSELECT has increased by more than 50 per cent since 2010 as more and more commercial breeders demand objective data when buying rams. Joining the program has never been easier – click here to listen to Hamish Chandler, Manager-Sheep Genetics, explain how.
Click here to watch the video "Breeding bettter sheep" recorded at the recent Sheep Updates held in Western Australia. (Video and photo Source: Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia).
Pictured at the 2014 Sheep Updates are Brett Jones, of Ejanding stud, Dowerin, with Department of Agriculture and Food acting sheep leader Mandy Curnow and senior research officer Johan Greeff. Six Ejanding stud rams were provided to assist with practical ram assessment exercises.
Sheep CRC Postgraduate, Dr Honor Calnan, has been selected as a Finalist in the CRC Association's 'Showcasing Early Career Researchers' category.
Honor recently submitted a 30 second video clip to the Association titled "Retaining the red in lamb meat" and has been selected as a Finalist.
Honor's PhD investigates factors influencing the oxidative process of lamb browning, identifying practical methods such as feeding vitamin E and selective breeding that can improve the colour stability and thus the value of Australian lamb meat.
To watch this video clip click here.
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The Sheep CRC Information Nucleus is a collection of 9 flocks across diverse regions of Australia with approximately 5000 Merino and crossbred ewes joined annually to about 100 sires for 5 years.
The Dorper Information Nucleus flock site near Narrogin (WA) is now operational with assistance provided by Department of Agriculture & Food, WA staff from Katananing. To watch the video click here.
The majority of Merino breeding flocks have partial (sire only) or on record of pedigree. This is due in part to the labour intensive nature of collecting maternal pedigree (mothering-up) and the management of large numbers of individual records.
Pedigree MatchMaker offers an effective alternative method of collecting dam pedigree and when added to sire pedigree, adds substantially to the value of the information.
On 21st October 2009 the Sheep CRC's Pedigree MatchMaker product won the ABC New Inventors Award. To watch the video click here.
Our vision has been for a more integrated production system based on measurement, management and marketing of animals according to their individual merit. Selection on merit allows management according to potential, and selling based on market specifications.
The sheep industry has an enormous opportunity for productivity gain because of the measurable variation within a flock. While large differences exist between the top 25 percent and bottom 25 percent of animals in fleece weight, fibre diameter, growth rate and reproduction, the differences in dollar value can be extreme - three to five times between the upper and lower quartiles.
PSM uses selection, management and marketing strategies to increase the value of the top 25 percent of the flock and minimise the costs of the bottom 25 percent. These new management approaches will only be realised if animals are measured for their potential level of production. To watch the video click here.