Prime poll meri­nos for sale

Great Southern Herald - - News - Bob Gar­nant

There will be an op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire Hy­field poll merino ge­net­ics on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27, at the stud’s dis­per­sal sale.

The sale will pen 1080 stud ewes of var­i­ous ages, 250 stud ewe lambs, 200 stud ram lambs and 10 two-tooth stud rams.

The sheep will be penned in about lines of 50 head at the stud’s on-prop­erty lo­ca­tion at Ko­jonup, with El­ders con­duct­ing the sale start­ing at 1pm.

The Hy­field poll merino stud was es­tab­lished in 1980 by DA and EA Saw­ers, be­fore be­ing pur­chased by Dick Lester’s Dakin Nom­i­nees in 1989, and then sold to Wel­lard Agri in 2008 which changed its name to Giovi Agri­cul­ture in 2015.

Over the stud’s 37 years, it has been a well-es­tab­lished sup­plier of stud and flock rams to the Aus­tralian merino sheep breed­ing in­dus­try.

Present owner, Giovi, stated the long-term av­er­age fi­bre di­am­e­ter of its poll merino flock has been 19.5 mi­crons.

Giovi gen­eral man­ager Daniel Hester said the stud was known for its high qual­ity, low mi­cron, white wool.

“Giovi has been to­tally fo­cused on the de­mands for higher prof­its for all our com­mer­cial sheep clients,” he said.

“The Hy­field stud has a nat­u­ral ad­van­tage with ac­cess to a large com­mer­cial breed­ing flock of more than 30,000 breed­ing ewes.

“The prof­itabil­ity of the flock is para­mount to Giovi’s com­mer­cial live­stock busi­ness.

“Like our clients, we have tar­geted fer­til­ity, wool cut and prime lamb pro­duc­tion as the key traits in a com­mer­cial flock that have the largest im­pact on prof­itabil­ity.

“Hy­field poll merino stud has gained a rep­u­ta­tion for sheep with a sound body struc­ture that pro­duce high qual­ity wool.

“Our clients’ breed­ing goals have been mov­ing to an in­creas­ing em­pha­sis on ear­lier ma­tur­ing lambs with im­proved car­case char­ac­ter­is­tics, and Hy­field has re­sponded to this shift over re­cent years.

“As a re­sult, new sheep fam­i­lies have been added to the Hy­field stud’s breed­ing flock to en­sure we’ve pro­vided a broader ge­netic base to our clients from which to se­lect rams.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Giovi Agri­cul­ture will dis­perse its Hy­field poll merino flock, which rep­re­sents 37 years of breed­ing.

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