Story courtesy Trent Adams from Chatsworth House Farm


Chattsworth House Farm Lambmarking 2011

Lambmarking at Chatsworth House Farm 2011 - using sawdust on yards

Chatsworth house, located in the Western District, Victoria is a mixed business between Grain and intensive Prime Lamb program. We lamb all year round, for this to work we need to do stock work on specific dates whatever mother nature has instore for us to a degree. Our sheepyard facility is only 6 years old, our main bugle/race area is under cover and the larger forcing/lead up area is not.

Last winter, especially August, was a struggle to get the stock in without making a mess off the under cover area and the stock were not benefitting from this. So we have looked at different options since then like covering more yards, which is quite expensive and probably not much more of an advantage in the long run. We even got a bob cat in and scrapped the mud out but that was only a feel good thing.

Leading up to lamb Marking this August stock work was becoming impossible with out wearing gumboots (I hate wearing gumboots!) So we decided we needed to do something and had heard all the dairy farmers down south were using saw dust or bark chips, So we thought we would try it. Looked on the computer and came across your contact details.

The sawdust was fantastic through lamb marking. Not only did it make the hygiene a lot  safer it also sped the stock work up and made it a bit more of a pleasing experience.  Since lamb Marking we have run probably close to 15,000 sheep through the yards and it is holding up very well. Very Happy with it.

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