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July 2016

What's news from the SASIB team ...

It's been a busy few months for the South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint, with workshops set to be held on Kangaroo Island and in the South East, and a Lambing Density Trial beginning in several locations across the state.

Lambing density trial underway in SA

The first of 10 on-farm research sites is well into lambing in South Australia at Sellicks Hill. 

The research is part of a national project which will quantify the role of mob size and stocking rate at lambing on survival for single and twin born lambs.

In SA, the next generation of sheep industry researchers are also being trained with Jackson Adams (pictured right), a University of Adelaide student whose Honours project is focused on increasing lamb survival.

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Ticket sales extended for LambEx 2016 bus trip

Great value LambEx 2016 tickets are still available, with registration, transport and accommodation costing only $600 for producers on the SA LambEx Buses.
Tickets have been extended for two SA LambEx buses, departing from Nuriootpa and Naracoorte.

LambEx is Australia’s premier lamb event and will be held on August 10–12 in Albury, NSW.

Producers and industry stakeholders can still register for the buses, but seats and time are limited!

To secure your place please contact SA Sheep Industry Blueprint Manager Stephen Lee by July 29 on or 0421 570 630.

View the SA LambEx Bus flyer
Read more about the LambEx program

Fodder beet the focus of upcoming South East workshop 

The South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint will hold a Limestone Coast Livestock Workshop for sheep and cattle producers, and industry stakeholders, at Mount Gambier on Wednesday, July 27, from 4pm to 6pm, at the Barn, 747 Glenelg River Road, Mount Gambier.

University of Adelaide research scientist Michael Wilkes will discuss the use of fodder beet in livestock production systems. Multiple trial sites are currently running throughout the South East, with early results showing significant potential to cost effectively increase autumn and winter growth rates.  

Workshop participants will be updated on progress against SASIB targets and opportunities to further increase value of production from the region. Livestock producers will also be able to provide input into research, development and extension priorities for sheep and grass-fed cattle in the Limestone Coast region. These priorities will be taken to the Southern Australian Meat Research Council by SA regional committee chairman Allan Piggott, a stud and commercial producer near Tailem Bend.  

The Livestock SA Southern Region Dinner and AGM will immediately follow the workshop at the same venue with guest speaker former Victorian Premier, and rural veterinarian, the Hon Dr Denis Napthine.

Read more about the SASIB Workshop
Read more about the Livestock SA Southern Region Dinner and AGM

SASIB meets for first time on Kangaroo Island 

The SA Sheep Industry Blueprint will host a workshop on Kangaroo Island on Tuesday, July 26, at the Parndana Sports Club, Parndana, from 7-9pm.

The workshop has three components. Dr Ryan O’Handley from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, at the University of Adelaide's Roseworthy Campus will present a project proposal focused on reducing the on-farm impact of Toxoplasma and macroscopic Sarcocystis on KI sheep production systems. Sheep producers will have the opportunity to express interest in participating in on-farm trials for the project. 

The second component of the workshop will focus on identifying activities that will achieve increased production and value for the KI sheep sector with the aim of achieving a 20% increase in value from 2015 levels by 2020.
The third aspect of the workshop is focused on providing direct opportunities for KI red meat producers (sheep and beef cattle) to identify research, development and extension priorities.

This information will inform the priorities put forward to the Southern Australian Meat Research Council (SAMRC) by South Australian regional committee which is chaired by Allan Piggott.

Read more about SAMRC
Read more about the workshop

World-first event for sheep producers

Woolgrowers and sheep breeders from across the globe will gather in Adelaide for the inaugural World Merino Insight from September 4-9. Held in and around Adelaide, the six-day program includes a field day, two ram sales, a conference, Royal Adelaide Show access and tours. 

For more information visit the World Merino Insight

To register: Register online or contact event manager Emma Cimarosti on 08 8125 2200 or 

SASIB meets with SA Livestock Consultants

Members of the SA Sheep Industry Blueprint Working Group met with the SA Livestock Consultants over dinner recently. The meeting was designed to strengthen networks between livestock industry stakeholders and champion young people coming in to the sector.

1. University of Adelaide students who had been sponsored to attend the National Merino Challenge in Sydney spoke to dinner participants about what they had learned, including students Luke Ramsay, Katelyn Boddington, Bianca Agenbag and student organiser Octavia Kelly.
2. Livestock Consultant Tim Prance and Blueprint Chairman Allan Piggott.
3. Rural Solutions SA's Bruce Hancock talks to the SA Livestock Consultants and SASIB Working Group members.
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