An opportunity to build up the future
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’.