Loddon Valley Merino breeders bounce back
Robert and Matthew Ipsen, Cahirblonig (centre), Wareek, chat with Doug and John Streeter, Natte Yallock, over the stud sires used at Cahirblonig. The stud currently has 470 stud ewes, an average micron of 19 and an average fleece weight of 7kg. The wool is characterised by bright white, bold crimping and is soft to handle, long-stapled wool with small follicle bundles.
Landmark Wagga Wagga stud sheep specialist Stuart Hodgson with Akeringa principal Ian Bennett. Akeringa was founded in 1995 on Bundemar bloodlines. Now, Wonga is the main bloodline used as well as Oakbank, Charinga and Borambil. They aim to breed sheep that retain their wool cut, are well nourished and have a long staple, with a good large frame.
James Sexton, Goornong; Koole Vale principal Alan Harris, Costerfield; and Brenten Pay, Swan Hill, inspect Koole Vale's Ballarat and Bendigo sale rams on Friday. At Koole Vale, an annual AI program is conducted using top sires from Glendonald and more recently Glenpaen. In 2002, a poll stud was formed using Koole Vale and Glendonald genetics. Their aim is to produce fine-medium/ medium wool
Peter Hurse, Moolort (pictured centre with Kerrilyn principal Norm Weir and Ryan Weir, Dunluce) inspect Kerrilyn's rams that are to be sold at the stud s inaugural ram sale in September. Kerrilyn had a number of highlights in 2011 including most sucessful exhibitor and winning team of three rams at Hay. The stud also had the heaviest fleece and body weight in the Ovens Valley wether trial.
Elders Horsham wool manager Andrew Combe with Ninuenook principal Doug Todd, Jeruk, looking at stud sires and sale rams.The Ninuenook stud aims to breed a more modern Poll Merino that can produce prime lambs suitable for export and quality long white wool. Since early 1990 Ninuenook has added Poll SRS genetics from Wallaloo Park, Lorelmo and Leahcim.
Kamarooka Park principal Errol Hay (pictured front left) with Michelle Hay, holding son Hugh, Ollie Demeo, Jan Hay, Dennis Demeo, Raywood; and Powlett Plains clients Jim and Nick Younghusband. Front right is Katelyn Boughen, Kamora Park, Karoonda, SA. Kamarooka Park bought three rams from Leahcim last year. The ram turned out to be very fertile producing about 200 lambs. Ten months growth produ
East Loddon Merinos principal Bill Hooke (centre) with Elders Ararat Wool's Craig Potter and Doug Streeter, Natte Yallock. East Loddon has two lambings per year with the majority lambing in May. Ultrasounding is carried out 40 days after rams are removed and the dries are rejoined for a four week preiod for August lambing. The stud aims to breed a long, deep, plain body through selection of
Landmark Heathcote's David Uebergang with Kedleston Park principals John and Rosemary Humbert and Doug Twigg, Pyramid Hill. Kedleston Park stud was founded in 1996 with the purchase of Roseville Park ewes and a Tara Park ram, both of Purple Mandalay families. In recent years Wallarook Park and Charinga Merino Stud genetics have been introduced using AI.
Woodpark principal Stephen Higgins, Woodpark, with Scott and Murray Wythe, Broadwater, via Macarthur. Woodpark are progeny testing their young sires to identify the rams with the best genetic capacity, not solely physical attributes. The best performers of these go on to be joined to the best ewes identified in their performance structured breeding program.
Frank Byrne, Panorama Poll Merinos, Borung, with Landmark Bendigo Wool's Candice Cordy and Panorama stud adviser Jim Wilcox, Swan Hill, and young rams reserved for Bendigo ASBA. At Panorama s sale last year paddock-run hogget rams with five months wool sold to $2600 at an average of $1460.
Visitor Ross Dohnt, Maldon, helps Karl Hooke, Willera Poll Merinos, to hold a stud ewe in their new classing race. Willera is based at Willera, Serpentine, and Wargam, Hay, NSW, but displayed their sheep at Sangus Creek for the day. The Willera stud bloodline goes back to a Peppin style of sheep but over the past 15 years the stud has focused its attention on the SRS style. In 2008 this commitm
Roger Polkinghorne, Charinga, Berrimal, and Tim Polking-horne, Banavie, Marnoo, with Robyn and Ross McGauchie, Terrick West Merinos, and the show and sale rams from their property at Prairie. After the turmoil of the floods in January last year Terrick West were pleased to be able to display at their home once again. The stud has had a great show year with champion ribbons at Bendigo, Dubbo and
AFTER a tumultuous 2011 because of the devastating floods, the Merino breeders of Loddon Valley have recovered with a vengeance, not only in the clean-up on-farm but by being able to capitalise on the recent strong lamb, mutton and wool prices.
Last Friday, the Loddon Valley Merino Stud Merino Breeders Association held their annual field day, with 13 studs participating eight at the Serpentine Recreation Reserve, while the other five displayed their stud and sale rams on-property.
The winners of the best pen of three weaner rams was Panorama Poll Merinos, Borung.
Stock & Land's GARRY RODDA and STRUAN PEARCE were there.