PADDOCK CHAT Episode 7: Best practice weaning win-win for ewe and lamb

Submitted by author on Tue, 08/11/2020 - 14:48

In this episode, we're talking weaning for best results. We caught up with Dr Danny Roberts (DPIRD veterinarian and researcher) to talk about the benefits of weaning at 12 to 14 weeks after the start of lambing and how to ensure you get the best results. Plus, paddock and nutrition tips to improve productivity for both ewe and lamb after weaning.

PADDOCK CHAT Episode Four: Don't let mastitis cost your flock this season

Submitted by author on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 13:47

In this episode, we caught up with Nutrition & Production Specialist Bronwen Fowler from Nutrien Ag Solutions to talk about mastitis in ewes. Following the dry summer, sheep producers should keep an eye out for this highly contagious and damaging disease in their flock. We caught up with Bronwen in mid-June 2020 to get her advice on preventing, recognising, managing and treating mastitis.

PADDOCK CHAT Episode Three: The highs and lows of improving pastures with Zac Roberts

Submitted by author on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 10:54

This week's episode has literally come from a paddock near you! We caught up with Dandaragan farmer, Zac Roberts in a paddock full of perennials on Strathmore in Dandaragan to talk all things pasture improvement. Zac farms with his father Wade and brother Jeremy on approximately 10,000 hectares spread across four properties within the Dandaragan Shire. The Roberts family run a mixed enterprise made up of 30% cropping and 70% livestock, and have been experimenting with pasture improvement for roughly 15 years, with much success! Recorded on the 4th of June 2020, this conversation covers Zac's experience improving pastures with perennials and annuals. 

PADDOCK CHAT Episode One: Pest Management Starts At Home

Submitted by author on Wed, 05/13/2020 - 11:13

This is the first ever episode of Paddock Chat, the West Midlands Group podcast that takes a closer look at what is happening in a paddock near you.
In this episode, our host Kirra Holley caught up with Chris O’Callaghan and Jim Miller to chat about how the Midlands Biosecurity Group is tackling wild dogs in our region. Our conversation was recorded in mid-April and due to restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this interview was recorded via Zoom so the audio quality isn’t amazing. We do talk about the extermination of feral pests so if you don’t want to hear about the nitty gritty of animal control, maybe skip this one.

Understanding weight gain in background cattle in the West Midlands Region

Submitted by author on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 11:03

An increasing trend is for pastoral properties to send lighter animals to the southern region to be ‘backgrounded’, or grown out, to heavier weights to enable access to the live export trade or entry into feedlots for future abattoir supply. However, the success of this approach revolves around reducing the amount of weight that is lost in the transition phase during transport from station and settling into the backgrounding property. The aim of this project was to quantify weight gain/loss in backgrounding systems for the first two months following induction in the West Midlands region.
Data was collected on cattle that were transported to the backgrounding region in 2018 and 2019 from multiple properties within the Pilbara and Northern Rangelands regions of WA, with the backgrounding properties located near Badgingarra in the West Midlands region. The cattle in this study were transitioned in the May to October period of each year and individual animal performance data was collected to monitor weight gain from induction at the backgrounding property for a period of approximately 2 months.

Assessing new varieties and mixes to increase pasture production in the West Midlands Region: Part 1- Economic Analysis

Submitted by author on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 10:59

Matching pasture production and livestock requirements can dramatically improve animal production while reducing the cost of supplementary feeding. The aim of this trial was to evaluate a range of pasture mixes that have the potential to fill niche pasture production windows in the West Midlands region. This pasture demonstration site was located at the 2019 Spring Field Day site near Dandaragan on a sandy loam soil type. The site was established on the 5th May using a plot seeder to dry seed 12 pasture mixes, with a volunteer pasture adjacent to the site as comparison. Up to three pasture cuts were taken from each plot during the season to assess pasture production.  The site was mowed in August to simulate grazing, and NKS21 fertiliser was broadcast to each treatment.

Assessing new varieties and mixes to increase pasture production in the West Midlands Region: Part 2 - Dry matter production

Submitted by author on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 10:23

Matching pasture production and livestock requirements can dramatically improve animal production while reducing the cost of supplementary feeding. The aim of this trial was to evaluate a range of pasture mixes that have the potential to fill niche pasture production windows in the West Midlands region. This pasture demonstration site was located at the 2019 WMG Spring Field Day site near Dandaragan on a sandy loam soil type. The site was established on the 5th May using a plot seeder to dry seed 12 pasture mixes, with a volunteer pasture adjacent to the site as comparison. Up to 3 pasture cuts were taken from each plot during the season to assess pasture production. The site was mown in August to simulate grazing, and NKS21 fertiliser was broadcast to each treatment.

The pro’s and con’s of using Clearfield Barley as a cover crop when sowing serradella pastures

Submitted by author on Mon, 07/22/2019 - 14:45

Serradella is a useful pasture species on the sandy soils of the West Midlands. But it has two major weaknesses: weed control (particularly radish and capeweed) and a lack of early biomass production. By sowing serradella with a Clearfield Barley variety (Scope or Spartacus) and using Clearfield (Imidazolinone) herbicides both of these weaknesses can be overcome. The aim of this demonstration was to highlight the pro’s and con’s of using Clearfield Barley as a cover crop when sowing serradella pastures. This trial was conducted on deep pale yellow sand west of Moora.

Global beef production becoming more competitive and more complex

Submitted by author on Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:26

Global beef production is responding to sustained high prices and robust global demand, according to a newly-released industry outlook.
In its latest global beef report, Global beef production becoming more competitive and more complex, Rabobank examines the new trade dynamics, policies and consumer-driven preferences that are increasingly shaping the beef sector’s future success.