Winter seminar to focus on lambing tips

The earlier high lambing survival rates assisted a strong run of economic growth in Otago. Photo...
Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Lambing tips will the focus of Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s winter seminar at Coalgate, near Darfield, next week.

The seminar, being held at the Coalgate Tavern on Monday, will consider management practices to boost lamb numbers and weights to take advantage of favourable lamb prices, facilitator Dr Tom Fraser said.

Experienced vet Chris Mulvaney, who has been involved in the StockCare programme, will speak about the period from scanning to post-lambing, with tips to keep lambs healthy and reduce ewe wastage.

"In 1995, Chris began developing an approach to help farmers know what was going on in the smaller details before the big issues arose," Dr Fraser said.

"This move was the catalyst for what would become the StockCare programme. Chris states he was ‘very lucky’ to be able to test the concept with a small group of Central Otago farmers.

"Since then he has developed the wider network and managed several extensive on-farm research projects, including iodine deficiency in pregnant ewes, long-acting drench treatment, cost benefits of cattle worm control programmes, drench resistance, footrot and lice in sheep.

A forum of local farmers will also discuss their management systems to support post-lamb weaning, Dr Fraser said.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s central Canterbury winter seminar will be held at the Coalgate Tavern on Monday, August 3, from 5pm to 9pm, with a meal provided.

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