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1 Production Technology in Wool Sheep Management Dr Louis du Pisani

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3 HOW DID THE MAIZE INDUSTRY ACHIEVE THIS?  Adopted & embraced improved production technology  Improved cultivars (Genetics & Bio-technology)  Precision farming (GPS technology)  Conservation tillage (No-till technology)  New generation fertilizers  New generation irrigation systems  Produce more maize, on less land, at lower cost and with less damage to the environment

4 DID THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY STAY BEHIND IN TERMS OF TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT? NO

5 IMPROVED PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY FOR THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY  NUTRITION (bypass protein, flush feeding, creep feeding, injectable nutrients, precision & strategic feeding, ram feeding, etc.)  REPRODUCTION (artificial insemination or AI, synchronising ovulation, super ovulation, pregnancy testing, testing of rams for fertility & mating ability, preparing rams before mating, lambing pens & paddocks, accelerated breeding schemes, etc.)  ANIMAL HEALTH (Famacha, faecal egg counts, selection against internal parasites, testing for parasite resistance, etc.

6 IMPROVED PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY FOR THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY  GRAZING & PASTURES (grazing management, improved pasture cultivars, no-till planting etc.)  BREEDING & SELECTION (ewe selection techniques, “wet&dry”, BLUP, Genomics, progeny testing, etc.)  FLOCK MANAGEMENT (electronic ear tags, automatic scales, computerized management programmes, etc.)  SHEARING (shearing platforms & other shearing facilities, machine shearing, etc.)  RECORD KEEPING & DATA ANALYSIS  PREDATOR MANAGEMENT

7 BUT, THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY IS SLOWER IN ACCEPTING & ADOPTING NEW TECHNOLOGY  WHY?  Not aware of it  Too costly  Too complicated or cumbersome  Not trusted

8 CASE STUDY 1 Tersius Louw - Venterstad 2008 Gross Value of Products100 Direct Costs100 Overhead costs100 Nett Farming Income (/ha)100

9 CASE STUDY 1 Tersius Louw - Venterstad Gross Value of Products Direct Costs Overhead costs10096 Nett Farming Income (/ha)100139

10 CASE STUDY 1 Tersius Louw - Venterstad Gross Value of Products Direct Costs Overhead costs Nett Farming Income (/ha)

11 CASE STUDY 1 Tersius Louw - Venterstad Gross Value of Products Direct Costs Overhead costs Nett Farming Income (/ha)

12 CASE STUDY 2 CREEP FEEDING

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16 CASE STUDY 3 FLUSHING EWES – GERHARD VERMAAK (STEYTLERVILLE)

17 Adult EwesMaiden Ewes % Pregnant8580 % Fetussus134135

18 CASE STUDY 4 PREDATION MONITOR FARMS

19 IMPROVEMENT IS TO CHANGE TO BE PERFECT IS TO CHANGE OFTEN Winston Churchill INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER & OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS Albert Einstein

20 1) TEAM OF DEDICATED & KNOWLEDGEABLE PRODUCTION ADVISORS 2) ECONOMIC STUDY GROUPS 3) DEMONSTRATION FARMS


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