Merryville reigns supreme

26 Mar, 2013 12:00 PM
Wal Merriman, Merryville Merinos, Boorowa, and Ray Wise, Kilburnie Merinos, The Rock, with the grand champion fine wool ram, Grand Monarch 44th.
Wal Merriman, Merryville Merinos, Boorowa, and Ray Wise, Kilburnie Merinos, The Rock, with the grand champion fine wool ram, Grand Monarch 44th.

A BIG, bulky finewool ram from Merryville stud at Boorowa took out the supreme Merino exhibit, just edging ahead of the supreme Merino ewe exhibit from One Oak stud, Jerilderie.

“He’s one of the biggest finewools I’ve stood beside,” said judge Robert Plush, Kerrsville Merinos, Colleraine, Victoria.

Exhibited by the Merriman family, the ram measured 18.7-micron fibre diameter, 2.6-micron standard deviation, 13.9 per cent coefficient of variation and 99.8pc comfort factor.

Fellow judge Philip Carlon, Queenlee stud, Walcha, said in the initial split of the judges’ votes it was three each way between the ram and the ewe, however, after a close look at the belly the judges came up four votes to two in favour of the ram.

Mr Carlon said the ram was “just a little bit truer to type underneath”.

Merryville principal, Wal Merriman, said the supreme exhibit and champion ram was by the unshown Grand Monarch 43rd.

The 2 1/2–year-old supreme ram was also the supreme at this year’s Great Southern Supreme Merino show in Canberra and supreme finewool at the 2013 Royal Canberra Show.

The supreme Merino ewe shown by Graham and Mary Wells of One Oak was an embryo transfer-bred ewe by Roseville Park 14 and from a One Oak ewe.

It measured 17.1 micron, 3.1-micron SD, 18.1pc CV and 99.9pc CF and a full flush brother sold to the White River stud, Minnipa, South Australia, in September last year for $21,000.

The Stonehaven Cup Perpetual Trophy was taken out by a team from the Evans family’s Tara Park stud, Boorowa.

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nathan e
27/03/2013 1:40:32 PM, on The Land

Nice sheep but wool prices are going south again.
28/03/2013 9:25:54 AM, on The Land

That sheep is a sustainable clothing machine, I hope the greenies start to see what we are doing for the environment, spending our money and energy developing something that is a true benefit for all. Nice work, thank a farmer
28/03/2013 10:40:48 AM, on The Land

Top Ram! Well done! Additional benefit is that it didnt cost Aussie Farmers millions of dollars in CRC garbage. Goes to show that good stockmanship and an eye for detail can have its benefits for the industry and the back pocket.
John Niven
29/03/2013 10:50:03 AM, on The Land

Jack, it's worse than that. Merryville and their clients pay millions in levy funds to support CRC nonsense and then fund their own R&D. Effectively funding the CRC to try to put them out of business. Wally and many other studmasters use as much measurement as they can get their hands on to use as a tool to aid their decisions.
3/04/2013 8:43:28 AM, on The Land

John Niven. You talk of this "millions in levy funds to support CRC nonsense". Our levies go to AWI and they make the decision on what to do. How about you ask Wally what he is going to do with the funds saved from not supporting the CRC? Oh wait he is going to start a trial, measuring many wool traits, on numerous flocks. This is what the CRC was already doing sounds like a nucleus flock in an AWI disguise. Guess what John, this will cost 3 to 4 times as much as it would have to support the CRC and we as sheep producers will get less benefit. Really sounds like responsible use of our levies.
3/04/2013 1:22:47 PM, on The Land

John (ABA) Niven is not interested in facts Sam, only in trying to discredit an industry that has determined his lack of vision and value to it.
piece maker
11/04/2013 11:46:21 AM, on Stock & Land

AWI has had increased third party scrutiny overseeing its spending that's why there is millions sitting in the AWI bank accounts. They are no better than past managers and boards and arguably worse if the current national wool flock size or wool price were benchmarks of performance.


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