An op­por­tu­nity to build up the fu­ture

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - News -

AS a huge ad­vo­cate of wool, Char­mac Merino stud prin­ci­pal Leon Martin is happy to spruik the ma­jor ben­e­fits Merino sheep present to the Aus­tralian wool and sheep­meat in­dus­tries.

Mr Martin, with the sup­port of his fam­ily, has taken on the unique op­por­tu­nity to breed Merino sheep with a nat­u­rally clean breach in an ef­fort to help Aus­tralia be proac­tive in meet­ing the chal­lenge of im­prov­ing the im­age of wool.

Sheep from Char­mac Meri­nos are plain bod­ied and have a nat­u­rally clean breach, there­fore they do not re­quire mulesing.

Con­se­quently, they are easy care, of­fer smooth shear­ing and in­cur less blowfly strike.

And, ac­cord­ing to Mr Martin, they are likely to gather less veg­e­ta­tive mat­ter in ar­eas where burr and other seeds are a ma­jor prob­lem to man­age­ment.

Mr Martin said Char­mac Merino ewes are wean­ing ram lambs of up to 56 kilo­grams (kg) liveweight at five months of age and ewe lambs up to 52kg liveweight.

“They are also high fer­til­ity, av­er­ag­ing 1.8 lambs weaned per year,” Mr Martin said.

“They are ex­cel­lent lam­bers, milk­ers and demon­strate strong ma­ter­nal pro­tec­tion.

“The rams are cut­ting more than nine kg of wool and ewes are cut­ting more than five kg of wool per year.

“The wool is of high qual­ity, yield, bright­ness, soft­ness and is tested to be in the top seven per cent of the Aus­tralianWool Clip for white­ness,” he said.

Char­mac Merino wool is be­ing made into the world renownedWool Charne’, Wool Cleopa­tra and Wool Cas­san­dra ma­te­ri­als.

A se­lec­tion of horned and polled rams will be avail­able at this years on-property Ram Sale on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 7, 2014.

“This year’s sale gives people a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to build their fu­ture with Char­mac Merino ge­net­ics,” Mr Martin said.

WOOLLY WIN­NER: Char­mac Merino stud prin­ci­pal Leon Martin’s wool from his sheep are made into the world renowned Wool Charne’.

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