Nationally recognised sheep grazing expert Michael Hyder has been appointed to head up the sheep program at WA College of Agriculture’s Denmark campus.
Michael is best known in the sheep industry for his time with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development managing the acclaimed Lifetime Wool and Lifetime Maternals research projects.
His vision for his new training role is to ground students in the basics of pasture and animal production while highlighting the role of grazing management to improve sheep production.
“If you understand why pastures and sheep grow like they do, then you will have much more success managing them,” Michael says.
He plans to introduce more technology and innovation into the College, graduating students who will be well versed in the technological tools being used by advanced sheep producers.
“We have amazing technology available today, such as satellite estimations of feed on offer to assist with feed budgeting; blue-tooth technology to match up stud ewes with their lambs; and flexible fencing to make sheep graze where we want them to, and when we want them to. We just need to put it all together.”
Mike also has plans to introduce several other innovations for the College’s sheep enterprise which will equip students to not only perform the day to day work in an agricultural industry, but inspire them to design the solutions for current and future problems.
Building on the high-tech approach to sheep industry education, the College will be attending and exhibiting at LambEx when it comes to Perth in early August.
“At LambEx we want to showcase our standards of sheep industry training whilst also offering a quality university entry pathway at one fifth the cost of private schools,” said college principal Kevin Osborne.
Pictured L-R: Kevin Osborne, Principal and Michael Hyder