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Facing The Future with Sheep

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Skills Centre, St George

 

With the renewed and growing interest in sheep and the opportunities to run them in Queensland, the state is poised for a re-emergence of a sheep industry.

However individual sheep enterprise is best served by having, within easy reach, a sheep industry made up of many producers, buyers for product, suppliers of genetics and the necessary services providing expertise from nutrition to marketing, labour services to logistics and … the list goes on …

 

Growing the Industry to Grow the Enterprises …

An industry is made up of many parts. For the sheep industries in Queensland, many of their elements went into significant decline when the sheep left. The challenge for all of us is to bring this back!

One of the greatest losses is knowledge – generations of knowledge around sheep management, corporate knowledge on how to service sheep enterprises and how to best manage sheep enterprises in Queensland has either left the industry or has been diluted. But there is plenty of knowledge left …

 

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The purpose of “Facing the Future with Sheep”

Is to build and keep rebuilding the networks that make an industry function and within which an individual enterprise can thrive. We want to examine the many sheep economies and address a number of perceived barriers a return to sheep pose for producers.

  • Economically sheep are now quite profitable when managed well, with better cashflow and land system efficiencies (a lot of southern & western Qld is most suited to sheep enterprises)
  • The recent widespread construction of exclusion fences is removing predation as a barrier to sheep production. (anecdotally we see lamb survival rates going from 30% to 100% after fencing)
  • Restocking is emerging as a real problem for cattle enterprises with high prices reducing margins and lack of available quality stock as a result of drought selloff over several years reducing the Qld herd significantly. Sheep production cashflows come sooner and are more consistent.
  • Most importantly, come and meet people who want to put sheep on the map again in Queensland

 

The format for the day will be a series of open forum discussions – we will hear short presentations from a group of speakers on a subject who will then lead a forum discussion on the subject.

 

Topics for the Day

We have created a bit of a stir with this day – plenty of interest and lots of favourable comment. We think Queensland is poised for a sheep resurgence, and a lot of other people seem to agree .

  • Come along and have a look at Frasers Transport new stainless-steel sheep crate. Frasers have made a major investment in the industry and built a number of new sheep crates to support the industry.
  • A lot of new exclusion fences have gone in recently – but not so many new shearing sheds,  however we do have a guest who has just completed a new shearing shed. Come along and hear why his family have made this type of investment and how a new shed makes sound business sense.
  • The Federal Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries are keen to see Queensland ag grow and develop within the national economy, – find out how.
  • Wool markets are good – hear a wool broker on how to take advantage of this.
  • And also remember that you will hear about
    • Little cattle
    • Ethical sheep management and generational sheep
    • Modern sheep genetics
    • Sourcing finance
    • Marketing innovation

 

Key points

  • The sheep economy
  • Production options
  • Management strategies
  • Support services
  • Markets and marketing

Please let us know if you are intending to attend so we can make sure there is some lunch for you. RSVP to: russell@topx.com.au

Details

Date:
April 20
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Venue

Skills Centre
St George, Qld 4487 Australia

Organizers

Allan Cooney
Jason Russell
John Brown

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