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11 May, 2020

Elders aid sheep producers

WITH coronavirus restrictions making face-to-face industry training an obsolete concept, New South Wales Local Land Services have begun hosting free educational webinars to keep regional producers aware of their options moving into the current season.

By Hamish Hart

Woolly webinar…Elders District Wool Manager, Brett Smith, alongside a bale of wool at Egelabra Merion Stud in Warren, NSW (Photo: Elders Wool)

First held two weeks ago, Elders District Wool Manager and webinar host, Brett Smith, said more than 50 people attended the inaugural webinar, with discussed topics including the current status of the wool market and how producers can move forward amid the current climate.

“We had 96 people register and 52 attended on the night,” Mr Smith said. “Primary topics of discussion were the current and future volatility in the wool market, and how growers can manage this.

“We also covered the aspects of sheep production you can control, such as capitalising on the break in the season to rebuild the flock with improved reproduction rates.”

Working alongside producers for more than 15 years, Mr Smith said the feedback from the April webinar had been excellent and believed these online meetings provided producers the essential information needed during these isolated times.

“Feedback has all been positive, both with topics and presentation,” Mr Smith said. “Webinars and online training are great resources for topics you want to gain more insight into, plus it is another way to stay connected to other producers while we are isolated more than usual.

“Control what you control. This can be a great time to stop and reassess the sustainability of your sheep and wool business.”

A follow-up webinar is planned for early June and will focus on how producers can improve lamb marking rates.

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