Eighty participants enjoyed the information, networking and hospitality at a Sheep Information Day hosted by Bellevue Dorper and White Dorper Stud in the Bellevue shearing shed at Millmerran on Friday, 13th July 2012.
Regardless of their sheep enterprise; prime lamb, wool, or a small lot background, the participants listened intently to the line up of speakers, who had valuable, topical and relevant production information for all present.
Maxine Lyndal-Murphy of the WormBuster Laboratory in Brisbane held the audience captive when she spoke about drench resistance and worm control, while demonstrating how to test on-farm for worm burdens.
Peter Frazer of Biosecurity Qld spoke about Ovine Johnes Disease (OJD), and the steps the Department are taking to work together with sheep producers to keep the disease out of Queensland. With recent changes to exclusion zones interstate, it is important that Queensland sheep producers purchasing livestock are aware of their biosecurity, and safe introduction of sheep. The take home message for Queenslanders purchasing sheep is; to ask the questions when buying sheep; sight and check the paperwork; know where the exclusion zones start and end. Peter is happy to assist anyone with information and may be contacted by email at: [email protected]
Easy to understand plain English was Sheep Genetics Australia’s approach when Tom Hooke spoke about Lambplan, breeding values (ASBV’s) and how to utilise ASBV’s when purchasing breeding stock.
Namibian Dorper Breeder Pieter van Schalkwyk gave an interesting photo presentation about the history of the Dorper/White Dorper, a fast growing meat producing sheep, originating from South Africa. A practical selection demonstration followed in the sheep yards. Bellevue’s fifth annual Dorper and White Dorper stud auction will be held on property, 24 September 2012.
Tom Hooke of Sheep Genetics addresses the audience at Bellevue about Lambplan and how to use it as a tool for selection of breeding stock.
Nick Murphy of Thallon and Malcolm Hill of Nindigully at the Bellevue Information Day
Maxine Lyndal-Murphy of the WormBuster Laboratory (left) with some of the participants at the Bellevue Information Day.