The Turkey Lane Project

John and Jo Symons from Turkey Lane, Parndana, Kangaroo Island have won the prestigious Wool Grower of the Year Award hosted by Kondinin Group and ABC Rural. Follow the links below to hear about their amazing achievements combining top management and top genetics to deliver a highly profitable flock.

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To read the Turkey Lane case study and watch the ABC Landline program "Golden Fleece" click here.



 

Introducing the Turkey Lane Project - presented by Greg Johnsson, Agvet Services

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The Ram Breeding Operation at Turkey Lane - presented by Greg Johnsson, Agvet Services

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Turkey Lane - Achievements and where to for the future - presented by Greg Johnsson, Agvet Services

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Comments from John Symons

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Questions - Comments from Greg Johnsson Agvet Services and Allan Casey NSW DPI

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Practical Wisdom Notes / Fact Sheets

PW4.1 New Opportunities in Genetics and Genomics

In this series:

  1. Genomics and DNA testing: new tools for ram breeders to accelerate genetic gain
  2. Breeding towards a poll flock with the Sheep CRC Poll test

  3. Sheep CRC genomic test for Merinos —what are the benefits?

  4. Sheep CRC genomic test for maternal breeds —what are the benefits?

  5. Sheep CRC genomic test for terminal breeds —what are the benefits?

  6. Using Australian Sheep Breeding Values

  7. Fat and eye muscle depth in Merino breeding programs

  8. Benefits of Reproductive Technologies in  Closed Nucleus Sheep Breeding

  9. Merinotech: Strategies to achieve a 100% PP nucleus

  10.  Using selection decisions to improve ASBVs

  11. Genomic testing ram lambs helps increase rates of index genetic gain by 50% at Centre Plus


Products & Training Resources

ASBV Pocket Guide

ASBVs - A guide for ram buyers

Reports, Articles and Presentations

Getting Started with Sheep Genetics

Sheep CRC Genomics Breakfast Workshop - LambEx 2012

News Releases

RamSelect keeps track of flock performance at Parkes
The RamSelect app is not only assisting with better genetic decisions for the Dunn family of Parkes, NSW, but also assisting with their inventory management and industry benchmarking activities. The Dunn family, trading as Reedy Creek Partners, operates a mixed farming enterprise between Manildra and Parkes, and has been using the app since it was first launched in 2015 to assist with their ram selections. Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/ramselect-keeps-track-of-flock-performance-at-parkes-30-10-2017.php
DNA Flock Profile proves accurate at Peter Westblade trial
The Peter Westblade Merino Memorial Challenge (PWMMC) has proved the accuracy of the new DNA Flock Profiler Test under development by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep CRC. During its initial testing phase in early 2016 the Sheep CRC investigated if average genomic breeding values could be calculated for a sheep flock, even with distant or unknown relationships to the reference population. Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/dna-flock-profile-proves-accurate-at-peter-westblade-trial-31-01-2017.php
Ram team recording drives improvements for Kangaroo Island flock
Keeping detailed and accurate ram team records has driven a flock transformation for Kangaroo Island Merino breeder Keith Bolto and proved why the new features offered on the RamSelect Plus app are a winner for commercial producers. About a decade ago the Bolto family began selecting rams for use in their flock, based on objective measurement information, and about five years ago began performance recording their own rams... Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/ram-team-recording-drives-improvements-for-kangaroo-island-flock-12-12-2016.php
Tech-savvy students drive Farrer High to the top of RamSelect
Listing their catalogue via the RamSelect Plus app has showcased the value of early adoption of new breeding technologies and opened new markets for the students at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School. Based in Tamworth NSW, the school’s agriculture subject offering includes a Year 9 and 10 ‘animal management course’, in which students take on the tasks associated with running the Farrer White Suffolk stud. Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/techsavvy-students-drive-farrer-high-to-the-top-of-ramselect-05-12-2016.php
DNA Flock Profiler responds to producers needs
Breaking down a perception-driven market with objective genetic data was the impetus for sheep breeders Andrew and Barbara Read to conceive an idea which has now been realised in the form of the Sheep CRC’s DNA Flock Profile test. The Reads, from "Oak Hills", Nangus, NSW, first approached Sheep CRC chief executive James Rowe two years ago at a producer field day with the idea of developing a DNA test to profile the genetic... Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/dna-flock-profiler-responds-to-producers-needs-15-11-2016.php
Sheep researchers star on international stage
The next generation of red meat researchers are being inspired by the success of the sheep industry’s stable of young scientists who are starring on the world stage. Five Murdoch University scientists were recently chosen to deliver oral presentations, all linked to research they are conducting through the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC), at the recent International Symposium on Energy... Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/sheep-researchers-star-on-international-stage-04-11-2016.php
Breeding for flystrike resistance to be made easier
Genetic research into the heritability of flystrike susceptibility in sheep, and its expression in different operating environments, is set to be incorporated into new tools to assist breeders make more informed selection and flock management decisions. Tracie Bird-Gardiner, from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, has spent the last four years collecting and analysing data from fly-struck sheep in the industry’s... Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/breeding-for-flystrike-resistance-to-be-made-easier-24-10-2016.php
Commercial Merino producers - opportunity for DNA pilot project
Commercial Merino producers have the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of DNA research by participating in a pilot trial of the new Flock Profiling Test from the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC). The Sheep CRC will provide support for up to 100 Merino producers to define the genetic merit of their flocks. The profiling test involves randomly sampling 20 young ewes for DNA testing. Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/commercial-merino-producers--opportunity-for-dna-pilot-project-10-10-2016.php
Understanding why farmers are pressing the app buttons
Despite the proliferation of new technology in agriculture, very little is known about the effectiveness of these new tools in improving primary productivity and adoption of new practices. A new research project from the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) will evaluate the use of smartphone apps in the industry and producer attitudes towards these tools, in order to ensure future tools and... Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/understanding-why-farmers-are-pressing-the-app-buttons-22-09-2016.php
Ram team records unlock the secrets to better breeding
Keeping accurate records of his ram teams has allowed South Gippsland second-cross lamb producer Paul O’Sullivan to benchmark his business against industry averages and to refine his genetic selections to take flock productivity to the next level. Mr O’Sullivan was impressed by the benchmarking capabilities of the new RamSelect Plus app when it was launched at LambEx by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry... Click Here To Read Full Article » https://www.sheepcrc.org.au/information/news/ram-team-records-unlock-the-secrets-to-better-breeding-16-09-2016.php
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