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Lifetime Ewe Management (Non Accredited)

  • Course Duration: 6 sessions per year
  • Training Location: Nation wide (excluding Victoria)
  • Commencement Dates: Flexible start times throughout the year
  • Entry Requirements: There are no entry requirements for this course
  • Study Area: Sheep

About the course:

The Lifetime Ewe Management program runs over the 12 month weaning to weaning cycle.  The timing of each meeting is linked to critical stages in the management of the ewe's reproductive cycle.  All sessions involve a visit to each participant's farm and focus on condition scoring, pasture assessing and feed budgeting activities that are practical and applicable to the farm business.  The program also focuses on improving producer understanding of the influences ewe nutrition has on the performance of the ewe and her progeny.  The Lifetime Ewe Management workshop provides a pathway for you to develop a successful and productive animal production system. 

Key topics covered:

Year 1
  • The principles and practices of LTEM 
  • Preparing the ewe for joining 
  • The impacts of ewe nutrition in early to mid-pregnancy 
  • Potential reproductive rate and the impacts of ewe nutrition in late pregnancy 
  • Managing lambing 'The fruits of your labour' 
  • Putting it all together - the principles, practices and outcomes 
Year 2
  • Preparing the ram / ram inspections 
  • The next reproductive cycle - preparing the ewe 
  • Optimising lamb results 
  • Economic modelling and cost-benefit analysis 
  • Whole farm implementation 

Fees and Charges:

This course is fee for service.

Can I get Credit for previous study/experience?

RIST offers the opportunity for students to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) in all nationally recognised training that RIST is able to offer.

When can I start?

To register, email or call 1800 883 343

How do I apply?

Contact RIST on:  
Freecall: 1800 883 343
Phone: 03 5573 0943

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Further Information:

Kirsty Kennedy
National Lifetime Ewe Management Leader
Ph: 0439 105746


"The catch cry of LTEM is "measure to manage", where I had always been a fair judge of livestock the one thing that I had not been undertaking was the physical measuring of the condition of my animals.  So the first thing LTEM teaches you is to condition score your animals.  The main objective is to be able to keep your stock at condition score three (CS3) throughout the year. 

The second step is to calculate the energy requirements of each class of stock at CS3, then measuring the energy available to the stock from the paddock and comparing the two (required v available) shows a surplus or a deficit in the energy requirements.  If you have a surplus it is happy days, if there is a deficit then the shortfall needs to be made up by either a move to better pasture or the addition of supplements. 

At the end of 2014 the Hay District had the dubious honour of having the lowest recorded rainfall for the year in NSW.  As a direct result of measuring and maintaining our stock in CS3, supplementing the ewe hoggets that had not achieved target body weights we recorded our best pregnancy test results ever in January 2015, with 94.6% of ewes scanned in lamb after a five week mating."

Bert Mathews - Sheep Producer, Hay NSW

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