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.

Practical Wisdom Notes / Fact Sheets

PW1.1 Enterprise Management Series

In this series:

  1. Optimising stocking rate - the key to increasing pasture utilisation and profit - November 2006

  2. Profitability of sheep enterprises in southern Australia - November 2006

  3. Lambing at the right time in southern Australia - the first step to increasing sheep profits - November 2006

PW1.2 Nutrition Series

In this series

  1. Options for light weight spring lambs - November 2006

  2. Sorghum grain for lot feeding of sheep - March 2007

  3. Feedlot calculator - March 2007

  4. Feeding grain and hay separately in lamb feedlots cheap and effective - April 2008

  5. The Cowra Bale Feeder for hay and roughage feeding - April 2008

PW1.3 Reproduction Series

In this series:

  1. Managing ewes for joining
  2. Managing ewes in late pregnancy
  3. Managing Merino weaners
  4. The value of pregnancy scanning
  5. Successful pregnancy scanning

PW1.4 Parasite control in sheep

In this series:

  1. WormBoss: Australia's sheep worm control resource
  2. FlyBoss: resources for integrated flystrike control in Australian sheep
  3. LiceBoss: Australia’s sheep lice control resource

PW1.5 Precision Sheep Management

In this series:

  1. Profiting from Individual Electronic Identification (eID)

  2. Pedigree Matchmaker - determining dam pedigree

  3. Individual Electronic Identification (eID)

PW2.1 Measuring and managing wool quality

In this series:

  1. Knitted wool fabrics can have soft handle but still prickle
  2. ‘Wool Comfort Factor’ does not predict garment comfort
  3. Wools of 18 microns and finer provide next-to-skin comfort
  4. Staple strength—use genetics to make real progress
  5. Implications of wool measurement systems for producers

  6. Implications of wool measurement systems for retailers

PW3.1 Quality Sheepmeat Series

In this series:

  1. Achieving target pH and temperature declines to improve meat quality

  2. Bone growth and selection for muscling

  3. On-farm impacts on meat eating quality

  4. Growth & carcase characteristics of the major sheep breeds in Australia

  5. Selection for growth & lean meat yield

  6. Taking the mutton out of lamb

  7. Reducing dehydration in slaughter lambs

  8. Achieving a brilliant finish to your lambs

  9. Merinos can deliver

  10. Electrical stimulation for improved eating quality

  11. Meat colour and shelf life

PW3.2 Meat Science & consumer eating quality

In this series:

  1. Achieving a brilliant finish to your lambs
  2. Achieving target pH and temperature declines to improve meat quality
  3. Bone growth and selection for muscling
  4. Intramuscular fat: The key to maintaining eating quality while improving lean meat yield
  5. Electrical stimulation for improved eating quality
  6. Meat colour and shelf life
  7. Optimising breeding objectives for current and future markets

Technical notes:

  1. Lamb nutritional value
  2. Lamb weight and growth rate
  3. Lamb eating quality
  4. New breeding values for yield and eating quality

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

  12. Genomic testing and artificial insemination helps increase LEQ index gains138% faster than industry average – Melton Vale Poll Dorsets

PW5.1 Impact of Education and Training

In this series:

  1. Postgraduate training—careers and contribution to industry
  2. Delivering innovation to industry: training and skills development
  3. From postgrad to...
  4. Setting up a consulting business

Products & Training Resources


New cuts for larger lambs

The Nutritive Value and Eating Quality of Australian lamb cuts

Utilising heavy lamb carcases

News Releases

Sheepmeat research brings MSA Mark II a step closer
The sheepmeat industry has taken major steps forward towards delivering a meat quality grading system that can cater for individual animal assessment, thanks to the combination of results from a series of research projects. Click Here To Read Full Article »
Is long-haul shipping affecting the eating quality of Aussie lamb exports?
Sheepmeat researchers are tackling the problem of what impact long-haul shipping routes have on eating quality, with a new series of consumer trials planned for the United States. Following feedback from American consumers that Australian lamb has a ‘gamey’ flavour, Murdoch University post-graduate researcher Maddison Corlett is examining whether this is true and the possible causes of this perception. Click Here To Read Full Article »
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