This year’s Sheepvention returns to its roots with a large part of its August 6-7 display set at the Hamilton Showgrounds, Victoria, known as the wool capital of the world in the early years of the event.
As Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Hamilton will soon be the Southern Red Meat Innovation Centre, it seemed fitting to put lamb well and truly on the menu for the DPI display.
Event project manager Maria Crawford said visitors to this year’s DPI site would be able to find out about electronic identification (EID) projects being carried out with southwest Victorian sheep and lamb producers.
“EID has the potential to improve sheep enterprise efficiencies and help establish sound business management strategies,” Ms Crawford said.
“Participants will see and hear how four regional producers are using EID in their lamb enterprises.
“Sheep researchers will provide information about their sheep projects including the Co-operative Research Centre, Lifetime Ewe, Lamb Foundations and sheep chill research.
“The long-running Evergraze will also be featured and food and fibre producers can find out what is in store for the next chapter of this popular project.
“Best Wool Best Lamb is another project that will be featured at the display and there will be information about upcoming FarmPlan21 farm planning courses which now feature electronic mapping for landholders.
“Research information about DPI’s high rainfall cropping, nitrous oxide emissions and soil carbon research will be showcased, as well as studies into native pastures.
“Variable climate has provided plenty of challenges for livestock and cropping farmers in recent seasons and DPI staff will outline their work in the areas of adaptation and mitigation.
“Animal health staff will also be on hand to provide the latest information on health and welfare issues for livestock.
“Come and see us and Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority at sites 55, 56 and 65, 66 at the Hamilton Showgrounds.”
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