Blackwood meets expectations
THIS has been a successful year for the Blackwood Corriedale Stud, selling rams, wool and lambs that suit the markets of today.
Mid-micron wool is holding its position as demand is outstripping supply and lambs are continuing their solid run, and the outlook looks to maintain these prices for the short and medium term.
Wool sales from commercial ewes topped at 1121c/kg greasy for 23.6-micron, 26 micron still selling to 879c/kg greasy with ewes averaging more than 6kg a head.
Using White Suffolk rams over commercial ewes has averaged 148 per cent lambs marked to ewes joined and these lambs are grown out to 22.5kg dressed weight.
The lambing of the stud ewes in 2017 went well with 144 per cent lambs marked, with 80 per cent of ewes lambing in the first 17 days.
Highlights for the year included winning Supreme Champion Corriedale Campbell Town Show with ram 150117, who went on be Reserve Senior Champion Ram at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. This ram will be sold at the ram sale.
A successful SheepVention Victoria pen of five rams sold to $6500, a record for this venue for the Corriedale breed, and averaging $2650. The toppriced ram selling to two commercial merino breeders from the Marnoo district. Blackwood Corriedales exhibited the winning Export Carcass Lamb for the Campbell Town Show Paddock to Plate competition with a White Suffolk x Corriedale.
This year’s sale will include 40 14-month performance recorded rams with 18 being gold performance rams top 10 per cent dual purpose dollar index and 11 silver rams in the top 25 per cent DP$ index, and one stud two-year-old ram, 150117.