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Ovine Observer is a quarterly newsletter on issues relating to sheep production and research. It features articles written by DAFWA researchers and industry leaders. Online subscription to Ovine Observer is free.

Ovine Observer #97 December 2022

In this issue:

1. The WA NLIS Sheep and Goat Advisory Group – 12 months on
2. Abortion and lamb mortality between pregnancy scanning and marking for maiden ewes
3. 2021 and 2022 Southern WA sheep reproductive rates based on pregnancy scanning data
4. Making the move to non-...

Ovine Observer Issue number # 96 October 2022

In this issue:

1. Pregnancy scanning increases profit for all flocks and times of lambing

2. Lower Reproductive Rate and Lamb Survival Contribute to Lower Lamb Marking Rate in Maiden Ewes Compared to Multiparous Ewes

3. Is hemp a suitable forage for sheep?

4. Do you...

Ovine Observer Issue number # 95 June 2022

In this issue:

1. An economic analysis of sheep flock structures for mixed enterprise Australian farm businesses

2. MLA Tedera Demonstration 2020-2023

3. Using scanned fetal numbers to inform reproduction trait performance in the MERINOSELECT Evaluation

4. Pain relief...

Ovine Observer Issue number # 94 December 2021

In this issue:

1. Proximity sensors provide an effective, accurate and cheap alternative for measuring dam pedigree of lambs in Australian sheep flocks

2. DXA calibration at WAMMCO, Katanning

3. WA NLIS Sheep and Goat advisory group established

4. Optional sheep...

Ovine Observer Issue number # 93 September 2021

In this issue:

1. Inheritance of breech strike, neck wrinkles, dags and breech cover over the lifetime of crutched Merino ewes in a Mediterranean environment

2. Tools to reduce the risk of flystrike in sheep on your farm

3. Southern WA sheep reproductive rates based on...

Ovine Observer Issue number # 91 December 2020

In this issue:

Growth of prime lambs grazing green pasture
Precision crop stubble grazing
‘Studenica’ – A new common vetch variety
Improving legume content of kikuyu pastures
Case study: Remote cameras
Dry ageing sheep meat for a premium price
Lamb Marking...

Ovine Observer May 2021 Issue #92

1. Controlling red legged earth mites using intensive spring grazing

2. Case study: Serradella and biserrula in the eastern Wheatbelt

3. Using the Pasture API to support feed forecasting and grazing management for southern Australia

4. Pastures from Space Update

Ovine Observer - Sept 2020 Issue #90

This edition of the Ovine Observer contains...

New sheep breeding values
Intramuscular fat and eating quality
Trade-offs with increased wool production
Case study: weaning management

Ovine Observer Issue number # 89 July 2020

This issue includes articles on:

1. Difficult births – a push to address impacts for the sheep industry

2. Cereal crops can be safely grazed by twin-bearing Merino ewes during lambing and lactation

3. Reproductive wastage in young ewes – research update

4. Dealing...

Ovine Observer March 2020 Issue #88

This issue includes articles on:

Measuring the fat depth of lambs with microwave technology

American, Chinese and Australian consumers are on the same page when scoring lamb eating quality

Feeding unsalable carrots in total-mixed rations for lambs

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