Handy guides

Footrot: Identification and control in the field

Footrot is a serious and highly-contagious disease of sheep and goats spread by the Dichelobacter nodosus bacterium.

Virulent footrot has significant welfare and economic impacts in both individual sheep enterprises and the national flock as a whole. While the number of flocks with virulent (severe) strains of footrot has been reduced considerably during the past 20 years, footrot remains a serious disease.

This publication has been developed as part of a collaborative project between the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) Tasmania and Sheep Connect Tasmania, with funding from Australian Wool Innovation (AWI). The purpose of this publication is to encourage best-practice footrot diagnosis, control and eradication, with the objective of building a sustainable Australian wool industry through improvements in productivity and profitability.

Better diagnosis and control of footrot should result in:

  • healthier, more productive sheep
  • easier trading between flocks
  • lower treatment and labour costs
  • increased confidence in state-based control programs.

Click here or below for the guide.


Managing Breech Flystrike

This publication – in conjunction with http://www.flyboss.com.au – is designed to help woolgrowers reduce their flock’s flystrike risk, develop an effective control plan, and eventually move to a non-mules woolgrowing enterprise. Click here or below for the guide.


Planning for a non-mulesed Merino enterprise

This guide outlines the key learnings from a number of wool-growing enterprises that have moved to a non-mulesed enterprise. It is intended to assist woolgrowers in their consideration and planning to also move to a non-mulesed Merino enterprise. Click here or below for the guide.


Best-practice lamb marking procedures

This guide is designed to assist woolgrowers and their contractors perform lamb marking and mulesing procedures with the utmost care and attention to ensure the best short- and long-term welfare outcomes for the animal. Click here or below for the guide.


Anaesthetics and analgesics

Australian woolgrowers are global leaders in the adoption of pain relief for animal husbandry practices. The past 13 years has seen large-scale adoption of Tri-Solfen®, and newer products Buccalgesic®, Metacam®, and Numnuts® are also available.

So, how do they work, what are the costs, and what should you use for a particular husbandry practice? Click here or below for more information.


Returning to the family farm

What should young farmers consider when starting out on the family farm? That question was posed to the very knowledgeable agribusiness consultant Ken Solly. Click here or below for his advice.


Drench Decision Guide

Solve your current worm problem. The Drench Decision Guide will assist your decision on whether to drench now, whether to use a persistent drench, and when to WormTest again. Click here or below for the guide.


A producer’s guide to sheep husbandry practices

This guide provides information from a range of research and on-farm experience that will enhance animal welfare and potentially improve production outcomes. It has been put together following extensive consultation with a wide range of groups, individuals, welfare organisations, industry bodies, and people with expertise in sheep husbandry. Click here or below for the guide.


Sheep handlers

Finding experienced labour on farm can be difficult, particularly when it comes to working with livestock. Handling heavy sheep can present us with physical challenge and at times it can be dangerous. The use of a sheep handler can reduce the requirement for physical strength and endurance. At the least, this means operators can get high numbers of sheep through the yards for animal husbandry weighing or scoring without feeling exhausted at the end of the day. Click here or below for the guide.


Sheep yards and sheds

A new set of yards or shed is a sound investment for any livestock property – the heart of any sheep grazing enterprise is made up of its yards and woolshed. Click here or below for the guide.


Is the animal fit to load?

This is the updated guide to help producers, agents, buyers, and transporters decide if an animal is fit to be loaded for transport by road or rail.

It contains new information to ensure best-practice animal welfare when preparing, loading, and delivering livestock – including loading densities, managing effluent, and the chain of responsibility for all involved. Click here or below for the guide.


Sheep Diseases: The Farmers’ Guide

This guide is designed to help diagnose sheep diseases and provide information on sheep health management. Click here or below for the guide.


Succession planning guide

Succession planning is often a complex issue for farm businesses. The following document is a sound, factual guide that will provide an important starting point for many families.

The key messages in the document are: the need to plan, the need for expert assistance, and the importance of keeping the family and business intact.

The most important principles involved in a succession plan are:

– to work out what the exiting generation wants to do; where they’ll live and what they’ll do in retirement; if succession is an option
– to identify the needs and aspirations of each family member in each generation
– to build, maintain, and if necessary, repair relationships between family members
– to manage expectations amongst family members
– to look at transferring management and control of the farm over time
– to sort out how to transfer ownership of the farm
– what agreement there should be for the incoming generation and what provision to make for the non-farming children

Click here or below for the guide.


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