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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 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

Ovine Observer Issue number 87 January 2020

This edition includes articles on:

Pregnancy Scanning Benchmarks Tool

Using non-invasive microwave to measure fat depth on lamb carcasses

Stress and reproductive hormones are imprinted in sheep wool

Have you seen sub clover red leaf syndrome in your pastures?


Ovine Observer May 2019

This edition includes articles on:

Ovine Observer survey results
Factors important to the adoption of mobile applications for agriculture
Consumer overall liking scores of new season and old season lamb varies across cuts
Reproductive wastage in young ewes

Ovine Observer January 2019

This edition includes articles on:
WA Sheep producer survey results for 2018
Lamb survival initiative results for 2017
Dry ageing sheep meat for a premium product
How important is odour in attracting blowflies?
South West Western Australia Sheep density

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