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Monthly Update Dec 2017

Lamb Production

Approximately 83 mm of rain fell in the Tocumwal area over December. Summer crop sowing has been progressing rapidly, in order to make full use of good soil moisture. The first of the Summer crops have germinated and are now sprouted. 650 fattened lambs were sold late in the month, with an average carcass weight of 23 kg and excellent feedback on meat quality. Sales were delayed several weeks due to constraints on abattoir space. We will continue to sell several more shipments over December. Rams have been put out with several mobs of ewes to commence next year’s breeding cycle. Ewes will be scanned for pregnancy in several weeks. Information from each breeding cycle is recorded for measuring genetic improvement.

Flock of ewes up being moved to better feed

Farm dogs enjoying a well-earned rest

Sheep being drafted after arrival on Marabou

First signs of Summer feed crops emerging

Deep ripping to improve soil structure