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Trial: Ewes for the Future Come and see how electronic ID technology ca n be used to captur e individual fleec e information in the shearing shed

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New trial 2015–2020

Ewes for the future —fertility, lambs and wool The new trial at the Elmore Field Days started in January 2015. The design is similar to the previous trial, but the breed groups are different. In this second trial three crossbred ewe types will be compared with

three Merino types. This trial emphasis is on ‘fertility’. The six breed types were each randomly selected from 3 properties, 14 ewe lambs per property, for a total of 252 ewe lambs.

The ewe lambs were joined to White Suffolk rams in late February 2015. The results on lambing percentage, lamb growth, wool and easy care characters will all be released as they progressively become available.

BREED TYPE

BACKGROUND

BORDER LEICESTER X MERINO CROSS

The most common prime lamb mother in the Elmore and northern districts.

MULTIMEAT X MERINO CROSS

Multimeats are a composite breed based on White Suffolk and Border Leicester genetics. They supply rams that are DNA tested to carry 2 copies of the Booroola fertility gene. These rams breed first-cross ewes from Merinos. The first-cross lambs carry one copy of the gene. Multimeat breeders claim these ewes consistently rear 30% more lambs than normal crossbreds.

CASHMORE-OAKLEA PERFORMANCE MATERNALS (COMPOSITES)

Cashmore-Oaklea Performance Maternals (Composites) have bred sheep from the following breeds: Coopworth, East Friesian, Finn, Border Leicester, Prime SAMM, Texel, Poll Dorset, White Suffolk, Merino, Corriedale, NZ Romney and Perendale. They have achieved a reputation for good lambing percentages, assisted by the hybrid vigour between the various breeds.

MERINO LODDON VALLEY

The second most common prime lamb mother in the Elmore and northern districts.

LEAHCIM MERINOS

Leahcim is a South Australian Merino stud that has a long history of selecting a meat type merino with low wrinkle, bare points, no need for mulesing but with high quality wool. The stud sells 700 rams annually and many studs and commercial flocks in Victoria are introducing Leahcim genetics.

CENTRE PLUS MERINO

Centre Plus is a group breeding scheme and registered Merino stud in Central West NSW that aims to produce dual-purpose sheep. It has good figures for lambing percentage ASBVs on the Sheep Genetics Australia website.

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