Get prepared for stud ram season - Elders Rural Services

Get prepared for stud ram season

Did you know that Elders are involved in 76 ram sales, from Esperance in the south, to Northampton in the Midwest?

According to Tim Spicer, Stud Stock Manager WA, seasonal conditions across Western Australia are favourable, even though a large number of breeding ewes left the state in the dry season.

He suggests that a little time in the office now can go a long way to ensuring a stress-free spring for producers looking to take advantage of upcoming stud ram sales and purchase new stock.

Below is a brief summary of helpful activities and reminders for this time of year.

In the office

Are you planning to grow your flock this year? View our Stud Sales Calendar to work out where you should be and when.

Maintaining accurate records is a key part of any successful agribusiness. Prior to purchasing new stock, it can pay to review your current records and prepare for the season ahead.

Producers are encouraged to maintain up-to-date National Vendor Declaration (NVD) paperwork associated with the movement of any livestock within Australia. If you are new to the digital eNVD system, now could be a perfect time to refresh your skills by visiting the Integrity Systems website.

Producers are also required to submit livestock transfers and update identified livestock records within the NLIS database. Winter is a great time to ensure this is accurate for your property.

From a biosecurity perspective, up-to-date records of livestock, visitor and staff movements are vital to the success of Australia’s integrity system. This should also include plans for quarantining new stock and the maintenance of accurate treatment data for your livestock. There are many software programs on the market that can assist with record keeping for a livestock business, however a simple spreadsheet system is also suitable.

Practical planning

Firstly, speak to your local Elders livestock specialist about our livestock funding solutions for commercial and stud stock. Your local Elders insurance agent will also be able to assist with protecting your stud purchases while in transit.

Once new stock are purchased at a sale, there are some key steps that should be taken to ensure your new genetics are being introduced effectively.

A planned quarantine period should be scheduled after delivery and before being introduced to your flock, to identify any potential health concerns. This is also the ideal opportunity to record initial weight data, to be followed up throughout the year.

Where possible, vaccinations of new animals should also be added to your current records and any necessary treatments scheduled. In some instances, an inspection from a veterinarian can be a useful start to a ram’s career on your property.

For the best advice this stud stock season, speak to your local Elders stud stock specialist or local branch.

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