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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?

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Whether you are a bushwalker, mountain bike rider, camper, fisher or rock climber, we all have a role to play in protecting Australia’s animals and regional industries from serious diseases.

Seasonal Climate Outlook November 2019

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD) Statistical Seasonal Forecast (SSF) outlook for November 2019 to January 2020 is indicating less than 40% chance of exceeding median rainfall for the majority of the South West Land Division (SWLD).

2019 has been a difficult season for many throughout Western Australia with variable rainfall impacting on production and profitability.

A range of services are in place to support farmers and pastoralists experiencing hardship, as a result of seasonal and financial pressures.

AgMemo October 2019

AgMemo is the department’s flagship newsletter - keeping subscribers across the state up to date with the department’s activities, news and advice. In this edition:

- Research focus on the use of native flies to pollinate horticultural crops
- Support services and resources to assist...

A little knowledge of the nutritional value of your supplementary feeds can save you a lot of money and hassle. In dry seasons in particular, it is likely that farmers will need to start supplementary feeding earlier than usual.

WA Livestock Disease Outlook - for producers - September/October 2019

Calling a vet to investigate disease protects our markets: The WA Livestock Disease Outlook provides information about recent livestock disease cases in Western Australia and diseases likely to occur in the next month. Calling a vet to investigate diseases when they occur provides...

WA Livestock Disease Outlook - for vets - September 2019

Livestock disease investigations protect our markets: Australia’s ability to sell livestock and livestock products depends on evidence from our surveillance systems that we are free of particular livestock diseases. The WA livestock disease outlook – for vets summarises recent...

Sheep pregnancy scanning occurs at around 90 days after joining and is performed by a skilled operator using an ultrasound scanner. Pregnancy scanning is an important tool to understand the potential of the lambing season and to efficiently manage the ewe flock.

Monday, 19 October 2020 - 9:00am to Monday, 16 November 2020 - 5:00pm

This is the sixth year of the Biosecurity Blitz that encourages communities across Australia to get outdoors to look for insects, weeds and signs of disease, which could impact Western Australia’s valuable agriculture and fisheries industries.

The aim is to discover, photograph and record as many interesting or damaging pests as possible while raising community awareness about the importance of biosecurity.

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