With ram buying season fast approaching, there are many facets of preparation for the ram sale that need to be taken care of. Sheep Connect NSW will be delivering RAMping Up Repro workshops in coming weeks, and all producers are invited to attend.
One such facet of preparing to buy rams is determining how many rams are needed - and this should start by going through the rams that are on hand before the sale date - to determine which ones will be suitable for the next joining. This then helps with determining how many to buy at the sale.
With drought continuing in many areas every post needs to be a winner, and joining success depends on preparation of both ewes and rams.
RAMping Up Repro workshops will enable participants to confidently undertake a basic soundness inspection to make informed decisions regarding rams for future joinings.The RAMping Up Repro workshops are hands on workshops designed to assist producers with best practice ram preparation, to allow optimal transfer of genetic material onto their lambs. The workshop covers all facets of ram soundness, optimal preparation and animal husbandry, joining time, ram percentages and much more. The workshop has a strong focus on practical examination of the 5T's - teeth, toes, testicles, tackle and torso.
All participants will gain some practical experience in undertaking a ram soundness check, supervised by accredited deliverers, who will demonstrate the practice. Participants will also be able to undertake a condition scoring activity, and measure scrotal circumference.
In addition to the practical activities, there will be much discussion about how to manage the ram team to ensure that they are in top notch condition to take on their 'tour of duty' with the breeding ewes. Workshop numbers are capped to ensure maximum opportunity for all participants to take part in the practical activities, and interaction throughout the workshop.
Workshop locations and dates:
Bundemar/Warren - 4th September
Jerilderie/Urana - 6th September
Cassilis - 10th September
Oxley - TBC
Boorooban - TBC
Registrations are ESSENTIAL - by the RSVP date.