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2017 NMC – Melbourne| Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May

2017 NMC – Melbourne| Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May

The NMC is an Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) initiative designed to allow young people to engage with the Merino industry by developing their knowledge, skills and networks, and involves presentations and demonstrations from industry professionals. Students participate in seven ‘mini-challenges’ over two days, testing their knowledge of Merino fleece, production, breeding and selection.

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New Genetics for Bralca

New Genetics for Bralca

During 2014 BRALCA partnered with Collandra North of South Australia to bring a group of selected poll merino breeding stock to NSW to trial these impressive genetics in local conditions.

As market pressures are changing, we are sourcing the leading genetics that can provide easy care, high growth rate merino sheep. The sheep now on […]

Drones in Agriculture

The use of remotely piloted aircraft (commonly referred to as drones) is a new tool for remote monitoring to assist land managers to better track their land. This project has explored the practical applications of lightweight (under 3Kg) multi-rotor units in Australian conditions.

A number of uses have already been identified such as:

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National Merino Challenge
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National Merino Challenge

National Merino Challenge

The National Merino Challenge (NMC) is a two-day, national breeding competition which aims to improve the engagement of young people with the Merino industry by developing their skills and networks.

It involves presentations and demonstrations from industry professionals and the participants compete through a series of ‘mini challenges’ designed to evaluate their knowledge of Merino breeding and […]

Grazing Management

Grazing management is the total process of organising livestock to make the best use of the pastures grown, or managing the frequency and intensity with which livestock graze pasture.

Pastures respond differently to grazing, and by understanding the growth characteristics of a particular pasture, grazing can be used to encourage plant growth and maintain productivity.

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Protection of Remnant Vegetation in Grassy Box Woodlands

Protection of Remnant Vegetation in Grassy Box Woodlands

Areas on the ‘Bewley’ property have been identified as part of the endangered grassy box woodlands eco system. These areas are being managed in such a way to protect this valuable resource. This includes fencing off vulnerable areas and strategic grazing of some areas to encourage desirable native plants whilst controlling invasive weeds.

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Precision Management

Precision management can significantly lift productivity rates by identifying individual animals within a flock. By identifying animals with superior performance for a nucleus breeding program, and returning lower performing animals to the commercial flock, a significant gain in genetics is achievable in on farm situations

Monitoring Markets

Keeping up to date and knowledgeable about markets for meat and wool allow us to adapt our business decisions to improve business outcomes. An understanding of the entire supply chain has allowed Bralca to continue to thrive in challenging market conditions.

 

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RFID Precision Management

RFID Precision Management

Precision management using RFID tags within sheep breeding programs is allowing for accelerated gains to be made through full performance recording of individual animals. This includes lamb growth rates, wool tests and full pedigree at higher accuracies and reduced cost to previous methods.