RAMping up repro

RAMping up repro workshop

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Matt  Playford,  Hamish  Drury,  Ellie  Bigwood  and  Jock  Munro  at  the  recent  Gulgong  RAMping  Up  Repro  workshop.

Matt Playford, Hamish Drury, Ellie Bigwood and Jock Munro at the recent Gulgong RAMping Up Repro workshop.

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Advertiser content: To help woolgrowers get the most from their rams, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), in partnership with Zoetis, has developed a new, hands-on workshop called RAMping Up Repro. The half-day workshops are being rolled out across the country via AWI’s state networks, using leading local deliverers.

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To  help  woolgrowers  get  the  most  from  their  rams,  Australian  Wool  Innovation  (AWI),  in  partnership  with  Zoetis,  has  developed  a  new,  hands-on  workshop  called  RAMping  Up  Repro. 

The  half-day  workshops  are  being  rolled  out  across  the  country  via  AWI’s  state  networks,  using  leading  local  deliverers.   

AWI  Manager,  Woolgrower  Education  &  Capacity  Building,  Emily  King,  said  the  RAMping  Up  Repro  workshop  is  designed  to  give  producers  the  skills  across  the  key  components  of  what  drives  ram  performance,  to  help  improve  the  profitability  of  woolgrowers’  enterprises. 

“RAMping  Up  Repro  covers  the  importance  of  ram  health  and  pre-joining  management,  giving  growers  an  understanding  of  the  effect  of  how  best  practice  ram  management  impacts  on  reproductive  performance” she said.

“This  workshop  provides  a  hands-on  guide  to  making  ram  examination  practical  and  achievable  and  helps  woolgrowers  manage  their  ram  teams  with  confidence  to  make  the  most  of  their  investment.”

Sheep  Connect  NSW  coordinator  Megan  Rogers  says  RAMping  up  Repro  is  a  very  practical  workshop  to  assist  with  best  practice  ram  preparation  on  commercial  properties.

“As  we  all  know,  rams  have  an  important  function,  and  they  require  careful  management  and  preparation  that  starts  a  few  months  out  from  the  start  of  joining. 

“The  workshop  focuses  on  timing  of  preparation  of  rams,  as  well  as  the  practical  aspects  of  preparing  rams  for  joining” she  said.

“Topics  covered  include  nutrition  and  condition,  animal  health  and  management,  checking  the  4Ts  (teeth,  toes,  tackle  and  testicles),  managing  shearing,  assessing  for  structural  soundness,  and  all  things  in  between.

“The  beauty  of  this  workshop  is  that  all  participants  are  able  to  participate  in  the  practical  sessions,  meaning  that  they  are  more  confident  in  using  this  management  on  their  own  properties  with  their  own  sheep. 

“We  know  that  hands-on  learning  is  very  valuable  in  this  context,  and  these  events  are  an  excellent  example  of  using  a  practical  setting  to  improve  the  skills  and  confidence  of  the  attendees.”

The  RAMping  Up  Repro  workshops  complement  AWI’s  popular  Lifetime  Ewe  Management  course  which  helps  woolgrowers  manage  the  nutrition  of  their  breeding  ewes  and  maximise  reproduction  efficiency. 

For  more  information  on  upcoming  RAMping  Up  Repro  workshops  in  your  area,  contact  your  AWI  state  network  coordinator  or  visit  the website.

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The story RAMping up repro first appeared on The Land.

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