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TAS Country : November 25th 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010 Tasmanian Country 25 r fine REPUTABLE: A Winton ram purchased by Campbell Wilson, Victoria. originals Rams, ewes and, most particularly, fleeces are ex- hibited with considerable success. Streanshalh Merino Stud was established by Nancy Nicolson in 1960 on Saxon bloodlines. Thanks largely to the generosity of her brothers, sister and uncle from Winton, Kenilworth, Ro- seneath and Valleyfield, the stud achieved consider- able success in both the show ring and sales almost immediately. Pure persistence pays off DAVID Taylor of the Mount Vernon Merino Stud believes it is a won- derful time to be part of the wool industry. ''We are blessed with livestock where the num- ber of lambs marked ex- ceeded the number of ewes mated,'' he said. ''Persistence and com- mitment to the wool indus- try and Merino breeding since the early 1980s has resulted in sheep re- nowned for their frame, fleece weight, fertility and softness driving pro- fitability, all requirements of the current market,'' he said. ''Due to the long drought, it has been hard to get an accurate assess- ment of wool cut to micron in recent years. ''However, at the November 2010 shearing after 12 months of a con- sistent growing season, our wethers (including hoggets), averaged 6kg at 18.2 microns. ''At current market values this represents an average fleece value of $65. ''Not a bad result con- sidering we also sold our four-year-old wethers in July 2010 with an average body weight of 59kg for $107 per head. ''We believe that our current selection prin- ciples have allowed us to develop an animal that is profitable for wool and meat and easy care. ''The spring has also seen the return of David Jr to Kenilworth after 10 years studying and work- ing in accounting and finance in Melbourne.'' Years of evidence backs Yalgoo claims THE Bennett family of Ashby Merinos bought Yalgoo sheep to Tasmania in the hope of offering a unique package. The Yalgoo are backed by 35 years of objective measurement, 20 years of wether trials, 15 years of central sire testing and 20 years of in and across-flock indexing. The last definitive collec- tion of wether trial data --- Money Makers -- The Mer- inos that make it --- showed that across 71 bloodlines, Yalgoo sheep ranked first and had aver- aged a net profit of $218 per hectare compared with the average bloodline of $102 per hectare. The Yalgoo-Ashby flock is 100 per cent Yalgoo genetics and selection criteria mirrors the Yalgoo flock in Northern NSW. Along with visual as- sessment, both flocks are driven by the 14 per cent + SS index. ''Phenotypically the rams look great, they are well grown and the wool is bright, dense and stylish,'' Will Bennett said. ''While it is great to breed 'pretty' wool, we are aware that production re- mains the primary profit driver in Merino sheep. ''Big-framed, fertile sheep with bulky, fine wool are versatile and will remain profitable under changing environments and markets. ''The production of these rams is also reflected in their indexes. ''The sale rams are by three Yalgoo sires: 030068, 060188 and 040487, chosen specifically to give a pro- ductive sound ewe base as well as a consistent, high- performing sale team.'' He said 030068 was a big, structurally correct ram with well-defined, bright stylish wool. ''He has more daughters in the Yalgoo flock than any other sire,'' Mr Ben- nett said. A high-accuracy ram with predictable perform- ance, he ranked 146 on the 14 per cent + SS index. He said 060188 was a young 420 son. Yalgoo 420 was one of the most widely used sires in the industry, remaining in the top 1 per cent across three indexes for the past six years. ''He has outstanding soft, elite wool with lustre,'' he said. ''He ranks 152 on the 14 per cent + SS index. ''And 040487 is our best proven 420 son to date. He is finer than his sire yet retains most of his sire's production. ''He produces robust sheep with bulky fine wool. He ranks 155 on the 14 per cent + SS index.'' 25 years of experience Barton stud is keeping pace with technology BARTON Merino and Poll Merino Stud was founded in1984bythelateF.W.B. (Bill) Youl and his family to supply rams for their own commercial flocks of about 8000 ewes. The principal bloodline used in these foundation sheep was Nareeb Nareeb from Western Victoria. This bloodline has been well proven under the con- ditions in Tasmania for many years. Stud principal Frank Youl has very clear aims for the future. He wants their sheep to be highly commercial and he has maintained the type irrespective of fashion changes. He has matched the in- creases in productivity with an improvement in wool quality in a demand- ing environment. This policy has proved to be very successful and commercial breeders took notice. This has been a standout enterprise over the past quarter of a century years and has resulted in excel- lent annual ram sales. Mr Youl has kept pace with technology, such as the use of DNA analysis, and appropriate genetics are introduced by AI on a regular basis. These introductions are progeny tested against the best of the stud ewes that have been bred over the last 25 years. The Barton Merino and Poll Merino Stud is about 1000 ewes and rams are sold privately from early December onwards each year. 2031718-101126 "Yalgoo Merinos are a constantly evolving Package of genes directly selected to improve the Profitability of clients through the pursuit of higher Fleece value" OPEN INSPECTION Fri 3rd Dec AT THE ASHBY SHEARING SHED Macquarie River Field Day 10.00am -- 3.00pm Enquiries: Will & Nina Bennett 03 6381 5366 "Ashby" Ross TAS 0419 104979 2nd ANNUAL PRODUCTION SALE Thursday 10th February 2011 PROFITABILITY FROM PROVEN GENETICS Barton Merino Stud 2464 Macquarie Road, Campbell Town, 7210 Enquiries: Frank Youl: 0409639855 Tom Youl: 0407352996 Sandy Mackirdy (classer): 0355723553 Open Day Friday December 3 10am onwards Merino Stud Display Barton Vineyard Wine Tastings Mount Vernon Merino Stud Established 1984 "Kenilworth" 830 Valleyfield Road, Campbell Town 25 years of selection for frame, fleece weight, fertility and softness = profitability For enquiries please call: D.T- 0363915582or0419356084 David-0407517252 2031734-101126 Turn unpleasant jobs into manageable tasks • Manual to fully automated • Saves aching back work and reduces labour requirements • Monitor live weights, improve feed conservation • More efficient stock handling Helping to improve your profits Displaying Racewell sheep handling and autodraft equipment at Mount Vernon Merino Stud "Kenilworth" Friday 3rd December Ian Willersdorf Mob:0438 268 402 Ph: 1800 202 599 www.noblemanagement.com.au 2008540-101126
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