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TAS Country : February 10th 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011 Tasmanian Country 13 The Stock Report Stud breeders keen on performance of top White Suffolk ram NUMBER ONE: Spring Valley 114-10, left, at six months. ROB and Sally Keen thought 2010 would be hard to beat as far as the success of their White Suffolks went. But 2011 could well top it. One of their ram lambs is currently ranked No 1 on Lambplan's Carcase Plus Index for all White Suffolks, Australia-wide. Each year the Keens pick out about three or four ram lambs to use in their sire mix, ensuring a quick turnover for the latest genetics . Sally said Spring Valley 114-10 was selected visu- ally for this group. ''Then we got the scans results and thought we had better increase the number of ewes we had planned to put him with,'' she said. ''This year we are also doing our first embryo transplant program with four of our top ewes and he will be joined with one of those as well.'' Last year's performer for the stud Spring Valley 156-09, who was Cham- pion ram at Melbourne Royal Show, has also just been accepted into the Australian Sheep CRC's research project. The Sheep CRC runs about 5000 Merino and Merino x maternal ewes who are artificially in- seminated with selected terminal sires. Progeny are continu- ously measured through- out the year for more than 160 traits including stan- dard traits and a large number of new measure- ments and observations. ''This is an exciting project to be part of,'' Sally said. ''We have followed it closely for the five years it has already been running, but this is the first year we have had a ram qual- ify for the project. ''It is the very best way for a stud to be directly compared with other top sires in Australia.'' GoatFest 2011 one for the kids THERE will be plenty of kidding around in Campbell Town next weekend when GoatFest 2011 takes place. Now in its fourth year, the event will this year feature one of the national's foremost Angora experts judging the competition. Steve Roots will be judg- ing the Angora goats and their fleeces. Mr Roots is president of the Australian mohair producers' peak body, Mohair Australia Ltd, and is also president of the Goat Industry Council of Australia. Mohair Australia Ltd Tasmanian division presi- dent Mary Orledge said this year's GoatFest had expanded due to the rising popularity of goats. ''There has been a re- vival in people owning goats,'' she said. ''There are quite a few new competitors entering this year. ''I think people find goats a good animal. Not just for their wool or milk but because they are good with weed control. Goats are a good chemical-free method of weeding.'' GoatFest will feature a range of competitions and displays. There will be Angora goat judging and the dairy goat kid and goatling par- ade. Boer goats will also be represented with a trade display. There will be stalls, infor- mation displays, demon- strations and goats for sale. The event will also fea- ture a sausage sizzle with goat sausages. Ms Orledge said the highlight of this year's GoatFest would be the presence of Mr Roots, who would bring a wealth of industry knowledge. ''When he isn't judging Angora goats and their mohair he will be happy to discuss issues relating to the goat industry here in Tasmania and in the broader Australian con- text. If anyone has a ques- tion about goat farming or any other aspect, I'm sure he'll be happy to have a chat.'' Local goat breeders will also be available to answer questions and demon- strations will be conducted as required. GoatFest 2011 will be held at the Campbell Town Show Grounds on Febru- ary 19 and 20. Entry is by gold coin donation. Help at hand for large dairy herds A NEW support program aimed at large dairy herds in Tasmanian is now un- der way. The project is a joint effort between Dairy Aust- ralia and DairyTas and will focus on helping ow- ners, managers and share farmers involved with cow herds of more than 500 head. About 20 farmers are already signed up to take part in the 18-month program, but DairyTas executive officer Mark Smith said there was room for more. Mr Smith said the pro- ject, which kicks off next month, would involve two groups of 10-15 people meeting up to six times a year to look at specific farm management priorities. He said participants would have the oppor- tunity to set the agenda for the program and decide which topics were covered and areas that should be given highest priority. The program will also enable participants to learn from farmers who are managing particular aspects well. Mr Smith said the large herds were a significant part of the Tasmanian dairy industry, with more then 50 farmers around the state milking herds with 500 cows or more. Over the past 10 years the average herd size in Tasmania has grown from 190 to 330 cows. The project aims to identify the key differences and challenges faced by large herd operators and to find best-practice manage- ment covering areas such as staff, communication and herd health. Some of the project ac- tivities will include on- farm meetings to look at challenges that relate to farms within different re- gions. Off-farm, more intensive discussions will also focus on broader industry is- sues. Farm-specific financial and physical reports will also be included. 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