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1 100 farmers to tune into webinar on intensive sheep farming

Late registrations still accepted for Mamre Consult training on year-round lambing

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A new dawn is set to arrive for intensive sheep farming when more than 1 100 farmers from across the world will join an historic webinar led by a well-known Free State couple who has revolutionised year-round lambing.

Dr Karin and Manie Wessels, the founders of Mamre Consult, says although the covid-19 lockdown restrictions were an initial blow to their scheduled farmer training days, it has since transformed into an exciting online training initiative.

Attendees confirmed for tomorrow’s webinar – which is presented in partnership with Zoetis, Bayer, Voermol, Grasveld and Ramsem – also include farmers from Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, Australia and even Russia. The webinar’s training focus is primarily on the general management of an intensive sheep farming operation, health care, feeding during the different stages as well as reproduction.

The Wessels duo, who farm in the Vrede district, tells Food For Mzansi that they are most excited to connect so many farmers with experts who will help them implement an innovative sheep management system. In the last few years, their research-based model has captured the imagination of both smaller and larger scale sheep farmers. It is based on an eight-month cycle, so the flock is divided into eight groups of ewes, each of which has to be managed differently.

The speakers include Ansie Du Buisson from Ramsem, who will cover reproduction and synchronisation, and the veterinarian Dr Fanie Steyn, who specialises in livestock reproduction. Grasveld’s herd health expert, Dr D’Wall Hauptfleisch, will talk about critically important animal health care matters, whilst Dr Josef van Wyngaard from Voermol Feeds will cover feeding in the different physiological stages of an ewe in an intensive sheep farming system. Theresa Lubbinge from Bayer will highlight the importance of using the right minerals and vitamins. All of the speakers will join the Mamre webinar from their respective lockdown locations.

  • Registration is free, and prospective attendees have until 17:00 today to register for the Mamre Intensive Sheep Farming Webinar. Click here for late registration.

Top experts confirmed for the Mamre Intensive Sheep Farming Webinar includes Dr Karin and Manie Wessels, Ansie Du Buisson, Dr Josef van Wyngaard, Dr D’Wall Hauptfleish, Theresa Lubbinge and Dr Fanie Steyn. The webinar host is the Food For Mzansi co-founder Ivor Price. Photos: Supplied

Programme for the Mamre Intensive Sheep Farming Webinar

Saturday, 6 June 2020 from 08:00 to 13:00

08:00 – 08:15 Welcome remarks: Ivor Price, Food For Mzansi co-founder
08:15 – 09:00 Management: Dr Karin Wessels, Mamre Consult
09:00 – 09:25 Simulation of the intensive system: Manie Wessels, Mamre Consult
09:25 – 09:45 Synchronisation: Ansie du Buisson, Ramsem
09:45 – 10:10 Reproduction: Dr Fanie Steyn, Ramsem
10:10 – 10:25 Tea break, webinar resumes at 10:25
10:25 – 11:10 Herd health: Dr D’Wall Hauptfleish, Grasveld
11:10 – 11:45 Minerals and vitamins: Theresa Lubbinge, Bayer
11:45 – 12:30 Feeding in physiological stages: Dr Josef van Wyngaard, Voermol Feeds
12:30 – 12:50 Budget: Manie Wessels, Mamre Consult
12:50 – 13:00 Webinar closing remarks: Ivor Price, Food For Mzansi
Click here for late registration to the Mamre Intensive Sheep Farming Webinar.
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