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The Challenge Maintaining ewe and lamb performance while increasing stocking rate 50%

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1 The Challenge Maintaining ewe and lamb performance while increasing stocking rate 50%

2 Past Production Home June dse – 470cows/ 5000 ewes Lambing June Buying in 1 st cross ewes

3 Need for change Sheep boom Land price dissociated from return Had to chase profitability to justify land price Depreciation on sheep trading hit $10/ dse

4 Key changes Mapped pasture curve to match feed demand to pasture supply Changed calving to July/August in 2005 Maternal rams used over 1 st cross ewes Scanned for twins

5 ewes, 600 cows and Lifetime Ewe (LTEM) Group of 5 local producers Condition scoring & ME budgeting

6 Comparing 03/04 (5000 ewes) to 2010/11 (7800 ewes) 03/0410/11 (with 03/04 lamb price) Income/ ha$528 ($81/lamb) $710 ($74/lamb) Enterprise expense/ ha$111$182 Gross margin /ha$417$528

7 What I’ve learned Scanning is one of the best management tools available Better to feed early and often – even throughout lambing Lamb twin bearing ewes in small mobs Proactive management of ewe condition is critical

8 Conclusion Significant lift in stocking rate and gross margin is possible without large per head performance penalties provided ME budgets are adhered to.

9 Acknowledgements Ian, Jan and George Harvey David Rendell Darren Gordon Jason Trompf


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