James Molesworth on the benefits of electronic tagging

James Molesworth on the benefits of electronic tagging


– I’m James Molesworth
from Ballark, Morrisons. We’ve been farming here
for just over 100 years. Mixed property, sheep,
cattle and propping. Just starting with the new
EID sheep tagging system. Would have been nice for all the states to get involved together, obviously will happen down the track, like it did with the cattle. But I think for our operation
it’s gonna benefit the stud, which we sell 100 to 120 rams a year, so people can track, you know, we can track
their production systems and the growth rates and
all those sorts of things. If you’re continually weighing stock you can see what’s doing and what’s not, you can then mark the ewe to
say, “Well, she’s gotta go,” or, you know, you can cull a bit harder, you can be tougher on different things. Usually it’s confirmation, you know, just the size of the
sheep, the milking ability, all these things. So, yeah, there will be
more things we can track. We run a portion of wethers up until they’re two years of age. Obviously I think with
the way the mutton job is, or especially the lamb price has been good for a number of years and the mutton job is following on, so people are obviously able
to make more opportunity and money out of mutton. But also the wool industry is… The finer end of the wool
industry is at an all time high and then following onto
the broader end as well, so people have got opportunity there with running Merino wethers and things. And also it’s good, we’re using
it for pasture management, you know, rotational grazing. So, yeah, they do have a place.

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