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Sheep Updates feature latest information and technology

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Monday, 1. July 2013 - 12:15

Sheep producers can catch up on the latest industry information and technology developments at the annual Sheep Updates seminars throughout the agricultural region.

The Department of Agriculture and Food has joined with local producer groups to host the updates, to be held at the end of July at Merredin, Wickepin, Kojonup and Esperance.

Each event will include market outlooks, an update on the Sheep Industry Strategic Plan 2025+ and details of research to give producers a competitive edge.

Department sheep leader Steve Gherardi said a highlight of the events would be a presentation on a new electronic identification system, designed to improve flock efficiency, productivity and profit.

“A Victorian Livestock Production consultant will be at each event to provide an overview on how electronic identification systems technology can benefit their meat and wool operation,” Dr Gherardi said.

“Growers will get a good insight into the cost of introducing an electronic ID system into their enterprise and the practical considerations and alternations required to make it work for them.”

Dr Gherardi said participants would also be privy to the results of research into grazing systems, sheep management and reproductive efficiency, as well as details on new regulation changes in biosecurity animal management.

“Sheep Updates is a great opportunity for growers and agribusiness to get the latest information and advice in one day,” he said.

“It’s a worthwhile investment to make the time to attend and get some tools and knowledge to boost both sheep meat and wool enterprises.”

Sheep Updates will be held in Merredin on 23 July, Wickepin on 24 July, Kojonup on 25 July and Esperance on 26 July. Supporting groups involved include Facey Group, Southern DIRT and ASHEEP.

People are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Further information is available on the department website at or from local offices.


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