Producing lambs to market specifications
Having a good relationship with your customer and understanding the Market Specifications will allow you to capitalise on bonuses paid on your lamb product.
If your processor buys lambs over the hook talk to them about specifications and prices. Also ask if you will be paid on a hot or cold weight basis. This is important because a cold weight is lighter due to a deduction for moisture loss. Discuss contract arrangements and if there are any discounts or bonuses paid. Follow this link for more information on comparing marketing methods.
Level Cost of missing the target:
Use Livestock Data Link's reporting tools to help you understand the cost of missing the target market specification. Click here to view the cost of non-compliance for your selected group of animals.
Training and Education:
- Courses are available for sheep producers in pasture and livestock production through Sheep Connect or Leading Sheep in NSW, South Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland.
- Courses are also available through NSW, South Australian, Tasmanian, Western Australia and Victorian state departments of primary industries and Rural Industries Skill Training (RIST) in Lifetime Ewe Management and Wool and Sheep Courses.
- Also check out MLA for upcoming events.
- Other information is available on Livestock Data Link (LDL) for Sheep, Making More From Sheep, Methods for Meeting Lamb Market Specifications and Marketing and Comparing Lamb Marketing Methods. Search the Livestock Library for research and extensions papers on all aspects of livestock production.
- The Sheep CRC website has a selection of publications, practical wisdom notes and fact sheets that show you how to tune your production system to deliver the quality and consistency our customers expect. A range of products & training resources and web-based tool & information can also be found on the Sheep CRC web site.