More fun than reading the manual
Our preference when developing Numnuts was that producers use the rings for tail docking their animals. Rings are blood-free and visually less disturbing than using a hot iron or knife.Yet we understand wool growers who are mulesing often wish to remove the tail during marking so as not to have a woolly tail brushing against a bear breach. In this instance, we suggest the 'ring & remove' method shown in this video.
Avington Merino owner, Neol Henderson, was one of the first commercial Merino farms in Victoria to use Numnuts in 2019. Before Numnuts existed, a vet would come out and provide a local anaesthetic to lambs being castrated by rubber rings. The emergence of Numnuts has made that process more efficient and his farm team can now provide best practice pain relief with rubber rings.
Avington Merino's farm manager, Kyle Cordy, gives his first impressions of using the new device. This video was taken after Kyle had had a brief training session from Bendigo Sheep Vets and carried out about 30 applications to get his eye in.
Tom Wilson, based in NSW. His 2nd day using Numnuts for lamb marking with his side by side cradle. Tom marked 300 lambs on his first day, getting used to using the new system. On Day two, he and his family completed 1,500 lambs and were pleased with the results.
The Numnuts team travelled to Windorah, 250km east of Perth (WA), to undertake an early trial run of Numnuts with Audrey Bird's cross bred early season lambs... Here is what Audrey thought about using Numnuts pain relief!
Team Numnuts made the +5000km trip over to Wagin for their first Woolerama. This event was the first public display of the Numnuts technology in WA. The team were delighted to take home the best “New Product Release Award” from such a prestigious sheep show.
Robin Smith, the founder of Numnuts, reflects on his first Woolorama.
Sheepvention 2019 was a first for the Numnuts team. If you are into innovation, technology, and sheep, then we doubt there is a better place in the world to come and find out the latest.
Peta Bradley, Senior Development Officer at Sheep Genetics MLA, talks about the progress being made in Merino Genetics in Australia at the 2019 Centre Plus Open Day.
Don Macdonald, member of the AWI board and Managing Director of Macdonald & Co Woolbrokers, talks at the Centre Plus Open Day 2019 about the Australian wool market and new developments with AWI.
"Pain and Analgesia"
Dr Alison Small, Principal Research Scientist at the CSIRO McMaster Laboratory, talks about the advances in available pain-relief products for sheep in Australia, and discusses ideas for how to choose pain-relief products for use on-farm.
"Customer and Processor Perspectives on Australian Wool"
Tim Marwedel is CEO of The Schneider Company, a family owned export and processing business operating in Australia since 1922.Tim talks about wool production in Australia and shares his concerns regarding reduced production. He discusses sustainability and traceability within the wool industry, and the challenges surrounding accurate Wool Declarations by producers. Tim also touches on the use of pain-relief and the future of mulesing.
Sheep Welfare and Husbandry Best Practice Seminar organised by Macdonald & Co Woolbrokers - leaders in the industry discuss the current best practice methods in Australia for providing anaesthetic during lamb marking.
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