Warm up for spring stock selling season - Elders Rural Services

Warm up for spring stock selling season

A little time in the office during winter can go a long way to ensuring a stress-free spring for producers looking to take advantage of upcoming stud sales and purchase new stock.

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

In the office

Planning to grow your herds 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 seedstock, it can pay to review your current records and prepare for the season ahead.

From a biosecurity standpoint, 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.

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.

Practical planning

Firstly, speak to your local Elders livestock specialist about our range of livestock finance solutions, as well as livestock transport insurance, to ensure you are prepared for any opportunity. Elders’ livestock funding options are outlined here.

Once new seedstock 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 herds/flocks, to identify any potential health concerns. This can also be an 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 sire’s career on your property.

Planning your animal health program? Speak to your local Elders livestock production advisor today.

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