Farmer wants a life - sheep research open day

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Feel like you’re dealing with your flock around the clock? Maybe it’s time to get yourself a better deal.

The 2018 sheep research open day will showcase the latest technology, emerging research and management techniques for sheep. You’ll see practical information and solutions put into action, helping you get more out of your sheep enterprise in less time and with less stress.

The event will be hosted at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's (DPIRD) Katanning Research Facility.

Thursday 22 March 2018
Katanning Research Facility (formerly GSARI), Nyabing Road, Katanning
Morning tea from 9:30am
Program from 10.00am - 4.30pm, with a sundowner to follow


Listen to the department's Bruce Mullan and Beth Paganoni, together with Sarah Blumer from Murdoch University, discuss this year’s open day:



Stream 1

  1. Panel session on forward contracts including questions from the floor - Graham Lean, Agrivet Business Consulting, together with Peter Trefort
  2. Muscling out the competition! Optimising lean meat yield in your lambs - Steve Connaughton and Rachel O’Reilly, Murdoch University
  3. Keeping up appearances: why meat colour matters! - Maddison Corlett, Li Ping and Honor Calnan, Murdoch University

Stream 2

  1. Stop guessing how good your commercial ewes are. Benchmark them with DNA flock profile (includes interactive DNA sampling exercise) – Tom Granleese, University of England/Sheep CRC together with Bindi Murray
  2. Tough mothers: chewing the fat.  The value of whole body energy stores in your breeding index - Sarah Blumer, Murdoch University and John Young, Farming Systems Analysis Service
  3. Sheep parasites: not only affecting your sheep’s bottom, but also your bottom line! – Danny Roberts, DPIRD

Stream 3

  1. Sheep passports: where they have been? What did they do? (& with who?!) Use individual animal data to get the details - Nathan Scott, Achieve Ag Solutions
  2. Connecting the dots: the value of an agri-internet of things - Darren Gibbon, DPIRD 
  3. Sins of the father: the hidden mysteries of maternal genetics - Dave Rubie, Smartshepherd
  4. Ask bill – Mary Goodacre, Sheep CRC
  5. Call the midwife!! Let’s minimise lambing strife – Beth Paganoni, DPIRD and Amy Lockwood, Murdoch University


Register now

RSVPs are essential to this free event.

Register online at Farmer wants a life or contact Julia Smith, DPIRD, at     

The sheep industry open day is made possible by DPIRD’s Sheep Industry Business Innovation project, in partnership with the Sheep Alliance of WA.


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Contact information

Julia Smith
+61 (0)8 9892 8450