Sheep farming is a diverse agricultural export enterprise for meat, wool, and dairy production. If you want to learn how to raise sheep or improve your prospects at an existing sheep farm, this course is ideal for you.
Certificate of Sheep Farming will provide you with an understanding of the sheep farming industry, including techniques and processes to market sheep and sheep products.
In this sheep farming course, you will learn about sheep rearing and management systems, terminology, selection and breeding, nutrition and wool production, and disease prevention and management. You’ll also learn about feeding, factors influencing wool yield and marketing and sales techniques for sheep and related products.
On completion of this course, you will have an enhanced awareness of sheep and the sheep industry to work with sheep or develop a start-up farm.
Unit - Sheep
Unit 1 – Introduction: Terminology and Breeds
Factors that affect the choice of breed
Climate and vegetation
Product and market
Rearing and management system
Overview of sheep breeds
Breeds are generally classified according to criteria such as:
The United Kingdom
Australia and New Zealand
The South African mutton merino
The Ile de France
Unit 2 – Selection and Breeding
Other terms that you should be familiar with include:
Selection – breeding sheep production
Economically important traits
Culling old ewes
Selecting replacement ewes
Selecting replacement rams
Culling for age
Culling for reproductive performance and physical abnormalities
Buying in a replacement ram
Commercial sheep production
Choosing a lambing time
Autumn lambing (advantages and disadvantages)
Spring lambing (advantages and disadvantages)
Lambing more than once a year (accelerated lambing)
Tail docking, castration drenching and vaccinating
Managing the fattening lamb
When to wean for intensive feeding
Feeding the fattening lamb
The creep pen
Unit 7 – Wool
The unique characteristics of wool
Classes of wool
Factors influencing the estimation of yield
Unit 8 – The marketing of sheep and sheep products
Basic characteristics of the wool industry
Industry regulatory and marketing authorities
Australian wool innovation
Australian wool exchange
Australian wool testing authority
The British wool marketing board
South African marketing authorities
New Zealand wool testing authority (NZWTA)
Wool marketing in Australia (example)
Sale by separation
Duties of the wool valuer
Wool selling charges
Common terms (Australia)
The wool exchange and wool auctions
Transfers and false packing
Delivery and dumping
Lamb and mutton marketing
Paddock sales and saleyard auctions
Live sheep exports
Forward price contracts
Actors affecting the value of lamb or mutton
Carcase weight and skin value
Payment bases: hot or cold weight
Estimated duration 50 hours
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