Black­wood meets ex­pec­ta­tions

Tasmanian Country - - CORRIEDALES -

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.

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