ASHEEP

Description

ASHEEP was established in 2003 to meet a number of industry issues including declining sheep numbers, the perceived danger of losing a generation of skilled sheep producers, and the role of sheep in the farming system. The group aims to provide current, relevant information through quarterly newsletters, workshops and field days to the broader farming community; develop research projects and trials to help manage sheep within the farming system; maximise market opportunity for sheep producers in the region; improve productivity by increasing grower awareness of better farming system; maximise sheep income per hectare through increased uptake of know, new and developing information and technology; encourage young farmers into sheep production; and to be a peak advocacy to sheep industry groups within the region.

Current Activities

  • Establishing a pasture trials program with members; an important activity that should be conducted every year in the future
  • Grain & Graze 2 (Red Clover)
  • Collaboration with Esperance Shire (closed truck wash bay)
  • Collaboration with Animal Health Australia (changes to the OJD management plan)

Past Activities and Accomplishments

  • Achieved financial security through establishment of Corporate Membership and Sponsorship (can now maintain a paid adminstration position)
  • Becoming more recognised within the industry
  • In 2011, ASHEEP conducted 6 committee meetings, 1 AGM conferences, 1 Ewe Time Forum, 1 Autumn Field day, 1 Spring Field day, 1 Pasture Field day and 1 Pasture Tour
  • Development of a prototype Weaner Planner for MLA
  • Run a variety of small trials to improve the profitability of sheep within the farming system
  • Development of the Lamb Planner (2003)

Upcoming Events

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Committee

Chair: Simon Stead
T: 9079 2098
F: 9079 2148
M: 0427 772 468
E: s.stead@bigpond.com 
A: PO Box 166, Esperance 6450

Vice Chair: John Wallace
T: 9078 2027
M: 0428 383 606
E: wal272@esat.net.au

Secretary: Matt Hill
T: 9078 7025
M: 0429 787 025
E: mdaj.hill@bigpond.com

Contact: Jan Clawson
T: 0407 990 497
F: 9076 1144
E: janclawson@bigpond.com
A: PO Box 2445, Esperance 6450

Number of Members

65, plus 13 corporate members

Shires Covered

Esperance and Ravensthorpe