Winning against seeds: Management tools for your sheep enterprise

Anne Collins, Paul Fitzsummons, Karl Behrendt, Michael Camac, Lester McCormick, Ray Latta, Craig John, Matt Sheehan, Tim Prance, Alan Humphries, Tom Hooke, Sandy McEachern, San Jolly, Hamish Dickson, Chris Shands, Richard James, Noel Evans

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    Thinking about grass seeds only during the risk period will not control the problem in the long-term. The key to winning against grass seeds is to take ownership of the problem and take action. Processors and skin buyers are keen to support and work with producers and agents who are prepared to˜have a go". They offer trial seed kills and formal feedback on lines sold over-the-hooks to ensure producers are paid for what they produce, no matter what district they come from. The enthusiasm from the whole of industry is there to reduce the incidence of seed in lamb and sheep meat and Winning against seeds is a must read to help you get started.Winning against seeds provides Australian lamb and sheep meat producers and their service providers with essential tools to produce "seed-free" products. It identifies problem grasses and weeds, quantifies their impact on the industry and provides practical solutions for producers to address this problem. Producers who win against seeds: Identify problem plant species and are familiar with their time of flowering and seed set. Determine the cost of seed contamination to their business. Explore available seed reduction and seed avoidance strategies. Determine the most cost effective and profitable strategies for their production system. Obtain feedback from processors and monitor, review and improve their management strategies. Common seed management strategies include: Grazing management (stocking density, feed lotting, grazing rotation). Livestock management (time of lambing, shearing), agronomic management (pasture manipulation, sown fodder crops, fodder conservation). Target market and time of turn-off. There is no single management strategy that can be applied to all situations. Every situation is different, and it is important to look at all the management options available. Successful producers develop an integrated approach to tackle grass seeds that is suited to their property and business goals. To control problem grasses in the short-term, producers make a start on one or two paddocks, rather than the whole farm. This usually provides enough feed to finish weaners or carry them through to stubbles and other feeds.Although grass seeds threaten livestock for only a few months of the year, controlling them needs to be a year round focus. There is always something to consider in relation to grass seed management in a sheep enterprise, regardless of the time of year.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherMeat and Livestock Australia Ltd
    Number of pages40
    EditionRev ed.
    ISBN (Print)9781740365789
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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