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Landholders flock together to talk sheep

The Lachlan Valley Lamb group held their inaugural meeting last week 29th May in Cowra following on from a well-attended Sheep Health Forum.
Over 100 landholders and interested parties converged at the DPI Research Station to join other farmers and industry specialists to find the best options for ewe health and lamb production on their properties.
The day saw speakers from NSW DPI, Central Tablelands and Central West Local Land Services (LLS).
At the conclusion of the forum, attendees had the opportunity to 'get in at the ground level' and participate in the first meeting of the newly formed Lachlan Valley Lamb Group.
The decision to form the Lachlan Valley Lamb Group resulted from an identified need from discussions with local famers, NSW DPI and Local Land Services staff. Senior Livestock Officer Central West LLS David Trengove facilitated a meeting with ten interested landholders where it was decided that the group should be launched after Bruce Watt, District Vet from Central Tablelands LLS finished his discussion around animal health.
"It was great to see so many local landholders come along to discuss and share information in an open style forum with Bruce (Watt) available to answer questions from the floor. In part this is what the Lachlan Valley Lamb Group hopes to achieve; looking at local issues and addressing them at a local level" said Mr Trengove.
The Lachlan Valley Lamb group is a 'by farmers, for farmers' networking group of like-minded sheep farmers who are keen to improve production and profitability and take advantage of the historically high prices received for lamb and mutton. Meeting topics will be decided by members and will be practical and topical with the format for education to include farm walks / field days, workshops, targeted training, conferences, tours and webinars. Topics for discussion at future meetings were raised by interested landholders at the Sheep Health Forum and include maximising lamb marking percentages , market forecasting, ram selection, lamb finishing, stock handling / yard design and current sheep technology aids. The group will focus on local issues with the use of on-farm research and producer demonstrations and trials; it will also look to collaborate with other research and development organisations and farming systems groups.
A steering committee has been formed to organise future events and support the ongoing needs of farmers who have joined. Interested landholders are encouraged to contact David Trengove on 0419 985 878 for further information.

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