Making More from Sheep

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) have joined forces to develop Making More from Sheep, a best practice package of information, tools and learning opportunities for Australian sheep producers.

Almost 250 leading sheep producers and technical experts helped develop the 11 linked modules in the manual, which cover subjects ranging from soils and pasture to wool and meat marketing, animal health, genetics and farm sustainability.

The hardcopy manual is currently being offered at a special price of $50 (including GST) at www.makingmorefromsheep.com.au, or you can download the full manual for free by clicking here [file size is 14.6Mb (large)], or download individual Modules below.

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Modules

Manual Introduction  |  DOWNLOAD

Business based modules

1  |  Planning  |  Plan for success  |  DOWNLOAD
– Establish business objectives and plans
– Calculate your cost of production per kg meat or wool
– Compare your business performance against industry benchmarks
– Quantify risks and develop a risk management plan
– Assess enterprise changes and new technologies

2  |  Wool  |  Market Focused Wool Production  |  DOWNLOAD
– Know the features of your wool influencing demand and price
– Use a customer focus to produce, harvest and prepare wool for sale
– Maximise returns from your wool sales

3  |  Meat  |  Market Focused Lamb and Sheepmeat Production  |  DOWNLOAD
– Decide what product you can produce most profitably
– Manage the production system to meet market specifications
– Decide on the most profitable selling method
– Respond to short and long term price and market signals

4  |  People  |  Capable and Confident Producers  |  DOWNLOAD
– Know who does what in the business
– Develop more effective communication
– Develop a sound business purpose
– Build knowledge and skills in the business
– Maintain a happy balance between work and family time

Resource & pasture based modules

5  |  NRM  |  Protect Your Farm’s Natural Assets  |  DOWNLOAD
– Plan the vision for your business and grazing enterprise
– Prepare an inventory of your farm’s natural assets to achieve your vision
– Devise and implement your action plan
– Measure, manage and monitor your progress towards the vision for your enterprise

6  |  Soil  |  Healthy Soils  |  DOWNLOAD
– Manage according to soil capability
– Maintain groundcover to protect your soil and keep the soil ‘bugs’ healthy
– Test soils for indicators of soil health
– Implement solutions for problem soils

7  |  Pasture  |  Grow More Pasture  |  DOWNLOAD
– Build and maintain soil fertility
– Graze to keep the desirable species productive and dominant
– Establish new pastures

8  |  Grazing  |  Turn Pasture into Product  |  DOWNLOAD
– Know your feed supply
– Know your animal demand
– Match feed supply to animal demand and minimise risk

Sheep technology based modules

9  |  Genetics  |  Gain from Genetics  |  DOWNLOAD
– Identify the key production traits that drive your sheep enterprise profit
– Identify the genetic opportunities to improve key production traits
– Select the best genetics for your business

10  |  More Lambs  |  Wean More Lambs  |  DOWNLOAD
– Ensure most ewes get in-lamb
– Manage your ewes to improve lamb survival
– Keep maximum numbers of lambs alive to weaning
– Manage weaners for lifetime productivity
– Prepare your ewes for next joining

11  |  Sheep Health  |  Healthy and Contented Sheep  |  DOWNLOAD
– Maintain your sheep in appropriate body condition
– Implement a preventative health management program
– Adopt on-farm biosecurity measures
– Manage sporadic outbreaks of diseases
– Meet all animal wellbeing requirements