An Introduction to Stockmanship


Type: PowerPoint
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

A good stockman is a valuable resource - but do you really understand what it takes to be "a good stockman"?


What is the problem?

Some queries about stockmanship are still emerging nowadays.

This PowerPoint presentation covered the importance of stockmanship skills for every entrepreneur who aims for a successful Merino enterprise and learns supplementary learning opportunities.

What did the research involve?

It involved the appropriate features of the employers, staff, dogs, facilities, and equipment for effective sheep handling and stockmanship for profitability and productivity purposes.

What were the key findings?

  1. The essence of stockmanship greatly signifies the flock’s profitability, health, and welfare. Also, after 50 years of stockmanship, the advancement of technology resulted in a convenient implementation of less strenuous job and more advanced technology that can provide immense assistance.
  2. Stockmanship is composed with the advantages in health and the profitability and productivity of stock. Moreover, a good stockman includes contented stock with well-trained staff and dogs, good communication, well-planned stock movements, crisis management plans, convenient stock handling facilities and tools, stock condition and productivity each animal, adequate pasture cover, low mortality rates and prevalence of disease, and no lamb breaks.

2.1 For productivity and mitigation of welfare adversities, a good observation, and planning skills are the optimum essence. It includes distinguishment of irregular sheep behaviors, early intercedence, and duty of care.

2.3 The animal welfare legislation to be applied in the flock does not only include avoidance of physical savagery, it also covers the supplication of adequate handling, sanitation, nutrition and water, veterinary care, sanitary and convenient facilities and equipment, and protection from catastrophic disasters.

2.4 Sheep behaviors optimally vary from their age and prior handling experiences. Furthermore, to maneuver an effective sheep handling, an adequate flight zone is highly recommended.

2.5 An effective sheep handling requires an understanding of the sheep behavior, well-mannerism of the handler, well-training of dogs, adequacy, and convenience of facilities and equipment, the fairness of the weather, and minimum handling.

2.6 The productivity of the sheep is greatly affected by the genes, ewe, climate, and nutrition. Meanwhile, a good stockman is aware to effectively use different environments and the suitable sheep type in a specific environment. The “buy cheap, sell high” viewpoint within sheep selection is vital to profitability.

2.7 The flock structure is a tool used to balance the risks of the profitability and the business. On the other hand, the prime key to enterprise mix is the optimization of the entity of business risks, flexibility, and profitability.

2.8 The working dogs optimally acquire favorable well-training for obedience and effective handling to assist the woolgrowers.

2.9 As the employer, everything else is teachable. However, this exempts the stance of integrity and honesty. Therefore, the staff must acquire these favorable characters.

Final Comment

The publication  showcased the exemplary features of stockmanship. As a whole,  good stockmanship involves the staffs’ favorable attitude and commitment, good communication, being well-trained and motivated. It also includes appropriate flock structure and enterprise mix, effective husbandry program, adequate facilities and equipment, and expedient stock handling skills.

2015 - Australia - AWI
Watch VideoSave For Later

Related Resources