Sheep reduce farm business risk


Risk management is an important aspect to any Wimmera and Mallee farm business, and sheep are proving to be an excellent business diversification option.

Farmers are invited to attend a BCG event on Wednesday 29 March from 12.30pm at the Nhill golf club to learn more about growing sheep in the West Wimmera.

Supported by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Agriculture Victoria, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss how sheep are currently integrated into their farming system and future opportunities and management options.

Opening the event will be MLA Southern Australia Meat Research Council Chair and Paradoo Prime stud owner Tim Leeming who will discuss MLA research priorities and on-farm opportunities.

Tim will also conclude the day wearing his Lifetime Ewe presenter’s hat and share updates and information on late pregnancy physiology and meeting nutritional needs.

The Grain and Graze research initiative which has been researching and extending outcomes from mixed farming opportunities for more than a decade will have a strong focus of the event where the key outcomes of the research will be shared with growers.

BCG livestock systems officer Alison Frischke said that extensive research has been carried out and the event will be a good summation for farmers in the Wimmera and surrounding areas.

“Growers are going to have an opportunity to hear information on successfully grazing crops, grazing and row spacing effect on barley, oat agronomy for feed and hay including gibberellic acid grazing in oats and grazing management opportunities, all of which have been funded through GRDC’s Grain and Graze initiative.”

Another highlight of the day will be hearing from progressive Hamilton farmer Sam Eagle who will share how his farm business effectively integrates cropping and livestock to maximise productivity and profitability.

This is a free event and a BBQ lunch will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP/purchase a ticket please visit the BCG website, or call the office on 03 5492 2787.

Upcoming Events

Become a BCG Member

BCG exists for its members. Research and extension activities are designed to provide members with information and resources that will help them improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of their farm businesses.

Improve your profitability

Receive the latest research, extension and event news direct to your inbox! For a limited time, receive a free technical bulletin when you subscribe.