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TAS Country : August 19th 2010
20 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 20, 2010 Stock Report DETERMINED: Aaron Hemle who is attempting the 48-hour world shearing record, in aid of the Stawell Hospital oncology unit. Shearer Aaron takes clippers to record YOU would expect to be feeling pretty tired after a day of shearing, but how about after 48 hours --- straight? Shearer Aaron Hemley, from Callawadda in western Victoria, is trying for a world record to shear sheep non-stop for two days and two nights. ''It has never been done before,'' Mr Hemley said. After researching shearing records, he found a 24-hour record was set by a West Australian shearer who fleeced 841 full-wool Merinos. However, there was no such record for a 48-hour period. ''I have been staying up late and working the following day to prepare myself,'' Mr Hemley said. ''The mind does start to play tricks on you when you have been awake for a certain period of time.'' In trying to set the 48-hour record, Mr Hemley aims to shear at least 800 sheep. During the record attempt he expects to lose 20kg --- or about a fifth of his body weight. He estimates he will shed about 1kg every two hours, burning up to 1600 kilojoules. ''I have been personal training to make sure I'm fit,'' Mr Hemley said. ''My fitness is pretty good. I am just worrying about having the sheep dry as we have had 90mm of rain over the last couple of weeks.'' Last week he crutched 830 sheep in preparation for the marathon shearing effort, which he decided to tackle to raise money for the local Stawell Hospital oncology unit. He has raised $40,000 so far, but is hoping for more. To donate to the Stawell Hospital, visit www.srh.org.au The Weekly Times Wool marketing effort slammed AUSTRALIA'S wool pro- motion efforts and indus- try leadership have been slammed by the outgoing chairman of Australian Wool Growers Associ- ation, Martin Oppenhei- mer. ''We have dropped the ball when it comes to mar- keting and promoting,'' Mr Oppenheimer said in a statement announcing his resignation. The new chairman of the wool lobby group is West Australian grazier and Merino stud breeder Shane Edwards, from Quairanding, east of Perth. And while Mr Oppenhei- mer wouldn't single out any particular group for his criticisms, he said the industry needed better leadership, consultation and outcomes to sustain itself. ''Woolgrowers demand better use of their hard- earned levies and further increases in levies can be ruled out right now,'' he said. ''Woolgrowers should be in the box seat right now with commodities boom- ing. ''Merino wool is a re- newable resource that is ideally suited to sustain- able agriculture, we know that, but do consumers?'' Mr Oppenheimer's criticisms were a surprise considering his associ- ation lobbied for the elec- tion of six of the current seven directors of the Australian Wool Inno- vation board. The Weekly Times Plan to track elite traits HOPEFUL: Bob Dent. ANGUS breeders have the chance to take part in Australia's biggest single breed progeny test. Designed to find the elite sires of tomorrow, the Angus Sire Bench- marking Program, run by Angus Australia with funding from Meat and Livestock Australia, will use 40 sires over 2000 commercial Angus cows each year, for three years. A total of 3000 calves will be produced for the program. The steers will be tested for feed efficiency and slaughtered after feedlot-finishing for carcass and meat quality data, while the fe- males will be tested for fertility and calving ease. This information will then be incorporated into the estimated breeding values of the nominated bulls, resulting in higher ac- curacies earlier for these traits. Program co-ordinator Bob Dent said the ASBP would allow breeders to compare progeny evaluated for feed efficiency and female fertility, on top of carcass traits, and growth from their best bulls with other top performers in the breed. ''It's an opportunity to bench- mark prospective elite sires in a structured progeny test program,'' Mr Dent said. He said the program had three key aims --- identifying elite sires suited to Australian conditions and markets; providing a database against which genetic marker packages could be assessed; and helping farmers find new genetic markers. ''We hope to find some bulls that walk on water,'' Mr Dent said. He said the program would gather enough data to assess the effect some genetic markers had and to quantify their effect so they could be incorporated with EBVs. ''We need to know if the mar- kers we've identified work and, if so, how much effect they have on performance and how far up or down we change the EBVs. ''Hopefully, we'll also find some new gene markers to assess gen- etic differences for traits like feed efficiency. ''We're still searching for that silver bullet that will allow us to do things other than assess the growth and carcass of an animal.'' Mr Dent said the ASBP might generate enough DNA infor- mation to identify a test for feed efficiency. Breeders can nominate up to two bulls of any age in any one of the three years of the project. 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