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Productive Producer

36 EpisodesProduced by Max NewsomeWebsite

The Productive Producer podcast is brought to you by Max Newsome from the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services. This is your podcast for production and management decisions. Key members of the agricultural industry give their insight and opinion on some of the different aspects of production.

36 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Confinement Feeding Sheep

September 18th, 2023


Get ready for a deep dive into confinement feeding on the latest episode of the "Productive Producer" podcast! Join host Max Newsome and Jeff Duddy …

Balancing Act: Choosing, Storing, and Feeding Hay for Livestock

September 5th, 2023


In this episode of the Productive Producer Podcast, we catch up with Annabelle Monie and discuss strategies and considerations for feeding hay to …

Weaning calves

April 28th, 2023


In this episode, we sit down with Naomi Hobson, a livestock officer with North West Local Land Services, to discuss the various methods of weaning cattle and how to ensure that your livestock is set up for success …

Southern Mulit Breed Project

February 16th, 2023


Tune in for an informative episode as we dive into the Southern Multi Breed Project. This cutting-edge research initiative is taking place in New …

External parasites

January 23rd, 2023


It's that time of year again when the impact of external parasites is felt in the Northern Tablelands. District vet Meg Parsons has some great, practical advice on the big three: Buffalo Fly, Tick, and Sheep Fly Strike.

Red, White and Grow

November 18th, 2022


Clovers are an essential part of the production system. Livestock and pastures thrive when incorporating a legume into a pasture mix. Listen into the conversation with district Agronomist Georgie Oakes and learn how to …

Managing livestock production in wet seasons

September 13th, 2022


Livestock production is never a straightforward process, even in wet seasons livestock can experience limitations in production and require supplementation. Pastures that are short and green often have a high moisture …

Foot and Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease

June 20th, 2022


Healthy livestock, free of major disease- one of Australia's greatest marketing tools. Foot and Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease are two diseases …

Chilean Needle Grass

June 13th, 2022


Chilean Needlegrass is impacting agricultural production across the Northern Tablelands. Being a prolific seeder and highly competitive is not ideal …

Angus Verified

January 31st, 2022


Launched in March 2021, Angus Verified in a program developed to provide assurance and integrity to the marketplace by verifying a producers claim of 'Angus,' is the genuine purebred article. Listen in to the …

Joining weaner ewes

January 18th, 2022


The season is on the side of producers across the Northern tablelands! This may open up the opportunity for sheep producers to look at joining their …

Summer fodder crop considerations

November 5th, 2021


T’is the season for growth across the Northern Tablelands and with a good season predicted, summer fodder crops may be on the cards. Listen in to the conversation with Agronomists Georgie Oakes and Jeff Lowien as they …

Bloat in Livestock

September 15th, 2021


Wetter than average conditions predicted this spring may increase the potential for bloat in livestock. Listen in to the conversation as District Vet Ted Irwin gives us some practical tips to mitigate the risk.

This …

Serrated Tussock

September 5th, 2021


Serrated tussock is one of the greatest threats to Northern Tablelands grazing systems, providing no nutritional value to livestock and dramatically decreasing stocking rates. Listen in to the conversation as weeds …


August 17th, 2021


Pesitvirus is widespread throughout Australian cattle herds. Infection can cause a variety of diseases impacting production. Listen in to the conversation with Veterinarians Dr. Lee Taylor - Zoetis and Dr. Nigel Brown - …

Tightening calving intervals

June 30th, 2021


Within a cow-calf operation, a major profit driver is the number of calves weaned and of those calves weaned the evenness of the line. An even line …

Mice contamination in hay

June 7th, 2021


The mice plague continues across southern Queensland, New South Wales, and northern Victoria, having devastating impacts for producers. On today's episode, I am joined once again by District Vet Lisa Martin to discuss …

Market Forecast with Simon Quilty

April 7th, 2021


Livestock prices are at record highs. Are they going to last? On today’s episode, I am joined by market analyst Simon Quilty. Simon chats about some of the factors at play within the global red meat industry. He also …

Heifer Selection

March 11th, 2021


As graziers continue to rebuild their herds, some producers may look at retaining a greater proportion of their weaner heifers. Listen into the conversation with Livestock Officer Tahnee Manton as we chat about some of …

Ram Selection

February 7th, 2021


With the national flock rebuild under way, correct ram selection will play a critical role in the profitability of sheep flocks moving forward. …

Weaning lambs for success

January 4th, 2021


Weaning lambs can be thought of as just another job, however there are some practices that can be done to help get the most out of the process. Today's guest Brent McLeod Senior Land Service Officer - Sheep, chats about …

Calf Marking

November 17th, 2020


Calf marking has come around again and District Vet Lisa Martin has some great tips for graziers to manage this process.

Contact information

Northern Tablelands LLS livestock officers:

Lisa Martin – District Vet …

The benefits of cross breeding in cattle

October 1st, 2020


The herd rebuild continues across the Northern Tablelands as graziers begin to recover from the drought. This is providing the opportunity for graziers to assess different breeds and target markets as they go about …

Wether Trail

September 6th, 2020


The wether trail has been allowing Northern Tableland breeders to benchmark the performance of their flocks against other producers in the district since it began in 1979. Listen in to the conversation as current …

Feeding poddy calves and lambs

August 3rd, 2020


With calves currently hitting the ground and spring lambing just around the corner, it is poddy season - even for the best of us. High stock prices really make it worth putting the work into looking after these …

Maximising production from dry standing feed

July 9th, 2020


Late summer and early autumn rain came just in time for a bulk of feed to grow before winter. The cool temperatures have caused much of it to hay off …

Winter Crop Grazing

June 16th, 2020


As we enter the colder months, winter forage and dual-purpose crops are being grazed. On today's conversation Georgie Oakes Senior Agronomist at the …

Bull buying

May 14th, 2020


It’s that time of year again where bull sales are beginning to crank into gear. Listen into the conversation with guests District Vet Lisa Martin and …

Managing scanned ewes

May 1st, 2020


This episode is Part 2 of the conversation with Tim Lawrence Reproduction Scanner and Brent Mcleod Senior Land Service Officer - Sheep. The conversation talks about management strategies and options for the different …

Preg Scanning and purchased ewe management

April 27th, 2020


Across the Northern Tablelands many producers currently have their rams out joining. This episode discusses how graziers can best manage their flock from joining onwards to help ensure that maximum production levels are …

Livestock sales in the world of Covid-19

April 8th, 2020


Covid-19 is impacting all aspects of our lives, this includes how we about how we go about livestock sales and purchases. In this episode Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association CEO Peter Baldwin talks …

Pasture management moving forward

March 31st, 2020


Pasture management is a critical factor in the profitability and production levels achieved in a grazing enterprise. Post drought rainfall has seen pastures respond at different rates and to varied levels of success. …

Weeds impacting production in the Northern Tablelands

March 9th, 2020


Producers invest a lot of time, effort and money on the control, prevention and management of weeds. The impact of weeds in Australian agricultural …

Summer/Autumn livestock health

February 13th, 2020


Optimising animal health is a driver of production and profitability in livestock enterprises. District vet Nigel Brown chats about what he has been seeing at the moment, what to be on the look out for and what needs to …

Winter forage crop considerations

February 13th, 2020


Scattered rain across the region has producers looking at winter forage crops to aid in bridging the winter feed gap. On Today's episode I chat winter crop options and considerations with two of the agro's at the …

Managing flocks pre joining

February 11th, 2020


Joining of ewes in the Northern Tablelands is just around the corner. Today's guest Brent McLeod Senior Land Service Officer - Sheep, discusses key considerations that producers need to be looking at to ensure …

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