Field day to target sheep health

Recent wet seasons across the region have seen local producers deal with health issues they have not seen for a number of years. Similar conditions are expected over the coming spring.

To combat this issue the 2012 Graham Centre Sheep Field Day will focus on health and grazing management.

Various industry experts from Charles Sturt University, the NSW Department of Primary Industries, local abattoirs and the Livestock Health and Pest Authority will discuss issues of key relevance to producers and the industry.

Producers will hear about parasite control, on farm worm tests, vaccinations, the Abattoir national Surveillance Monitoring project and what the data means for their markets and the bottom line.

As well as this producers will also hear about plant toxicology and why different grazing systems have come and gone.

Producers will also participate in afternoon workshops addressing grazing management and introducing stock onto their farm, considering the risks and heath issues.

The field day that began in 2009, is run in conjunction with the Hume Livestock Health and Pest Authority, with sponsorship also contributed from Meat and Livestock Australia, Novartis Animal Health, Coopers Animal Health, Ancare and Landmark.

Event organiser Toni Nugent said, "This key support from industry highlights the importance of events such as these in showcasing research that is topical and relevant to producers, advisors and other stakeholders in the livestock industry.”

"The Graham Centre Field Days provide an opportunity for producers to meet and network with industry experts to further build and expand their knowledge base,” she added.

The Graham Centre's Sheep Field Day is being held on Friday July 13 at the Convention Centre, Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga Campus.

To register for the workshops contact tnugent@csu.edu.au or register online at www.grahamcentre.net

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