Lifetime Ewe Management Courses


Course Duration: 12 months, 6 x 1 day hands-on sessions per year with 5-7 producers

Training location: Australia wide

Entry requirements: There are no entry requirements for this course

Study Area: Sheep

LTEM Impact

  • Over 4,000 producers have taken part

  • 25% of the national ewe flock have been influenced (10 million ewes)

  • LTEM has driven marking rates up by up to 30% per hectare, driven mostly by improved lamb survival.

  • Ewe mortality reduced by 33%


  • AWI has developed a free app for producers which records key measurement information used in LTEM and is available on iOs and Android services. It has had over 2,000 downloads to date.


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.  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 measure the energy available to the stock from the paddock and compare the two (required vs available) to show 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 and supplementing the ewe hoggets that had not achieved their target liveweights, 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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