Nareen Station Pty Ltd

Report
The Business
 17 500 Acres
 Family owned
 27” rainfall (680mm)
 1500 cows calving
 20 000 merino ewes
 Rolling red gums
 Jackaroo program
Lifetime ewe process
Rams
 We shear rams in December for
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March joining
We check all rams for 5T’s
Teeth, Tossel, Toes, Testicles
and Torso
We vaccinate 3 – 4 times a year
We feed lentil / barley mix up to
joining
Young rams may be on Lucerne
as well
Lifetime ewe Process
Maiden ewes
 December we weigh and draft all
hoggets
< 42kgs, 42.5 – 45kgs & 45kgs +
 Target joining wt (March)45 kgs +
75 – 80 % 0f mature weight
 To hit target joining wt we feed;
 Below 42kgs 3 – 4 kgs of lupin/ lentils &
barley mix
 42.5 – 45kgs 2 – 3 kgs of same mix
 45.5 kgs 1 – 2 kgs of mix
Lifetime ewe process
Mature ewes - Joining
 Condition score all mature ewes in
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January
Take off light ewes & feed as required
Condition score ewes early March pre
joining
All ewes fed pre joining & thru joining
Join for 5 – 6 weeks
Condition score ewes mid April after
rams come out
Draft off light ewes & feed accordingly
Lifetime ewe process
Pregnancy
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Scan all ewes Twins, Singles and Dry's
Manage twins to Maintain CS3 +
Singles Maintained CS2.7 - CS3
Dry's – sell double dry's, remainder run
as wethers
 Must condition score after scanning to;
Identify light ewes
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& look after twins & singles
separately
(This will make or break your lambing %)
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Lifetime ewe process
Lactation
 Lamb down twins on best
pasture, good cover & not
west facing slopes
 Singles in open paddocks
 No feeding during lambing (if
required feed in afternoon)
 We check lambing ewes daily
 Mark lambs at 6 – 7 weeks
Lifetime ewe process
Weaning
 Wean at 12 – 13 weeks
 Make sure all ewes are on
good pasture to return to
CS3 +
 We make the most of
green feed while available
Lifetime ewe process
Weaned lambs
 We wean onto green
feed
 We grain train
 Our wether weaners go
onto Lucerne prior to
sale 16 – 20 weeks.
(Dec – Jan)
The things that will make a difference
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Worm / Parasite control
Avoid west facing slopes
Lambing mob size
Keep twins/ singles separate
If feeding, feed late in
afternoon
Don't chase ewes that need
assistance thru mobs
Come back later, ewe will
generally be on her own
Check ewes from a distance
Control foxes, Baiting
Economic Value
 Targeted feed allocation based on;
 CS
 Preg status
 We had a small increase in stocking rate
 Big increase in number of twins & over all lambing %
 Increased supplementary feed
 Weather is no longer a major factor
The Numbers
 18 000 ewes increased to 20 000
 Lambing %; 81% - 91% 3yr avge (81 - 107%)
 Ewe mortality from 4.5% - 2.3%
 Supplementary feed; 15kgs - 32 kgs
Thanks for your time
Acknowledgement:
Principles - Gordon and Axy Dickinson
Nareen Station Team - Asta, Shayne, Mic, Kelvin, Laurie, Dave, Mary
Charlie & Josie.
Darren Gordon - RIST
David Rendell - David Rendell and Associates

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