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TAS Country : November 25th 2010
22 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 26, 2010 Stud's fine wool focus THE Camelford Stud was founded in 1987. The aim was to breed a structurally correct sheep pro- ducing a heavy cut- ting fine wool. The stud has been based on a Merry- ville type using Ro- keby and Merryville rams and semen. Recently semen from Nerstane has been introduced. The stud's goal is to continue to reduce micron and increase fleece weight while maintaining body weight. This year's rams have averaged 18 mi- crons. Sale rams will be on display on Decem- ber 3. Advertising feature Merinos Optimism LACHIE BROWN wool sales manager Elders National Wool Selling Centre THE wool market sprung to life in early September and has had its strongest period of gains in recent memory. The benchmark East- ern Market Indicator has risen from a low in late August of 872 to 1032 in late November. The key difference be- tween this and other mar- ket surges over the past five years is that it is not being driven by medium Merino wool, instead it is the finer wools exhibiting the strongest gains with 17-19 micron prices in- creasing by 30 to 40 per cent. Fine wool prices are at their highest levels since late 2002. One of the main reasons behind these gains is the significant strengthening in demand for greasy wool from Europe, in particular Ita- ly and the Czech Republic which lifted their imports by 135 per cent and 87 per cent respectively for July to September year on year. Orders ceased in the wake of the global finan- cial crisis and it has only been in the last six months that a lift in con- sumption of wool textile products from the likes of Germany has drawn stocks down enough for European mills and processors to re-enter the market. The second and more instrumental factor in the steeper rises of 400 clean cents/kg for 17s and 18s over the past month is the lack of supply. Production of 18 mi- cron and finer wools are down at least 20 per cent year on year (AWTA test data July to Oct) com- pared with an average of eight per cent across the entire clip. A combination of im- proved seasonal con- ditions across most of eastern Australia and a move away from fine wool production in favour of alternative en- terprises are being cited as the predominant cau- ses. As a result mills and exporters have had fierce competition in sourcing these types with an excel- lent spread of buyers con- testing 16.0 to 18.5 micron wools. Consequently the gap between 19.0 and 21.0 micron wool is now at 300 Ram results give breeders invaluable insight Rams from Tasmania have been proven to have excellent genetic merit when objectively compared with their mainland bred THE Tasmanian Central Test Sire Evaluation is excited about the release of first year results from the 2009 drop evaluation hosted at Weasel Plains, Bothwell. Rams from Bindawarra, Cluny, Grindstone Bay, Leenavale, Mer- ton Vale, Nerstane, Norwood, Stockman and Yalgoo all have progeny in the evaluation. The ram breeders have invested about $2000 per sire to have their genetics compared with rams from around Australia. Objectively-measured wool data from the first shearing and subjectively-assessed wool and structure data is available in the report. The lambs were dropped early October 2009 and were shorn on August 24, 2010. Prior to shearing, they were subjectively assessed by Brett Cox from Roberts Wool and classed into tops, flocks and culls. All this information is available in the report. With the use of link sires, the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association can publish an annual report, Merino Superior Sires, which enables entrants to see how their rams' characteristics compare with their peers. Rams evaluated in Tasmania can be compared with rams evaluated at 13 other Australian sites. This is invaluable information when considering purchasing rams or semen. Fully updated information is available at merinosuperiorsires.co- m.au. Rams from Tasmania have been proven to have excellent gen- etic merit when objectively com- pared with their mainland-bred counterparts. Stockman Poll ''Jim'' is ranked No. 1 in Australia on the M14 + SS index and Native Point 363 was ranked No. 1 on the Rampower 12 per cent index. This proves that you don't have to go to the mainland to purchase top genetics. The 2011 drop evaluation will be held at Roger Bignell's Waterhouse property, Kananga. This evaluation will vary from those held in the past because the wether lambs will be managed to reach killable weights prior to cut- ting their first teeth. The carcasses will be assessed according to MLA standards and tabled in the site report. The ewe progeny of each sire will be run on and shorn in order to obtain fleece data. They will then be joined and reproduction data re- corded. These changes have been made in order to make sire evaluations re- sults more applicable to the ''nor- mal'' Tasmanian wool/meat enterpr- ise.The association welcomes entries in the Kananga evaluation from any ram breeders who would like to compare their genetics to those that are setting the pace in the Merino industry. For more information or to get a copy of the report phone 0418 125 253. 2008746-101126 Ram Sale Preview Wednesday, Dec 1st -- 10 am-3 pm Ram Sales from mid December Bruce Dunbabin 0409 577 597 Chris Heyward 0429 120 171 MAYFIELD MERINO STUD 1st On-Property Sale by Auction Thursday 9th December at 1pm (inspection from 10.30am) At "Leenavale" 689 Pawleena Rd, Sorell 40 top o t e rop Super ne an ine ra s inclu es 5 polls) Multi broad ribbon winners Campbell Town Show in sheep and eece sections Top price bale Launceston wool sale 2007 -3,800c/kg Health: Footrot free, OJD free, Brucellosis Accredited free The Thornbury family would like to invite, old clients, new clients and visitors, to join them for a drink after the sale. For further inquires contact: Brent Thornbury Mob-0400653250, A/h (03)62653250 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Damian Meaburn (Roberts Ltd) mob-0419970009 or your Roberts agent 2051123-101126 2043065-101126 Tasmanian CTSE Assoc Inc. 2009 Drop Results Available S o n si s a ua d a as ains a p o m d. Con ac nox H gga on (0418 125 253) o c i a si po . Also alli or e tries or our 2011 rop evalua o To un a ananga , a ous . p og n i nis d and i d as am s i u ca cas in o ma on co d d. E p og n un on o oo da a and p oduc in o ma on Co ta t A rew a e (0408 591 134) or K o ROKEBY & CASTELLON MERINO STUDS 24th ANNUAL PRODUCTION SALE Monday December 6th, 2010 - 1.00pm Rokeby Campbell Town Tasmania Inspection from 9.30am Agents: Roberts Ltd (03) 6337 1555 Alistair Calvert 0407 815 510 ROKEBY: 42 Superfine/Fine Rams CASTELLON: 59 Medium Rams 2034558-101126
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