MERINOS an ad­ver­tis­ing fea­ture Young rams on block for award-win­ning stud

Tasmanian Country - - MERINOS -

ON De­cem­ber 1 Tre­fu­sis Merino Stud will of­fer 50 se­lected 18-month-old fine wool rams, rep­re­sent­ing the top of the drop at an on-prop­erty auc­tion start­ing at 1.30pm.

Tre­fu­sis has had a re­ward­ing year in the show ring, in­clud­ing at Camp­bell Town in June and at the Aus­tralian sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo in July.

At Camp­bell Town it won the Tas­ma­nian Merino pair of the year, grand cham­pion Merino or Poll Merino ewe, cham­pion all pur­pose Merino ram and most suc­cess­ful ex­hibitor in the Merino sec­tion among other awards.

At Bendigo, Tre­fu­sis fleeces and sheep per­formed well in strong com­pe­ti­tion.

For the sec­ond time in three years, it won the grand cham­pion fleece of the show, from 420 fleeces, with a score of 97.1, the high­est points recorded since the com­pe­ti­tion be­gan.

The fleece was from a stud ram shown in 2016 and tested 17.1 mi­crons, with a skirted fleece weight of 9.1kg and a value of $123.

Of the seven fleeces sent to Bendigo, five were ei­ther placed first, sec­ond or third in their classes, re­sult­ing in Tre­fu­sis be­ing awarded most suc­cess­ful stud ex­hibitor sec­tion.

It also took a show team of five rams and four ewes across Bass Strait to com­pete at Bendigo and came away with some pleas­ing re­sults.

It was sec­ond in the Lionel Wetherly Tro­phy for a group of three rams and two ewes, and sec­ond in the best ex­hibit of in the fleece three Merino sheep out of a line-up con­sist­ing of 18 studs from across Aus­tralia.

It was sec­ond in the pair of Au­gust-shorn sale rams. But most pleas­ingly Tre­fu­sis ended up with the ju­nior cham­pion fine/medium Au­gust-shorn ewe that then went on to be the re­serve grand cham­pion fine/ medium wool ewe.

“Big Bessy” as the ewe is known, cut 11.8kg of 18.4mi­cron wool with a com­fort fac­tor of 99.6.

To cap the week at Bendigo, the stud sold two rams at $10,000 and $6000 for an av­er­age of $8000 to Buln Gherin Past P/L, at Beau­fort.

Ge­orgina Wal­lace said this year’s sale teams were pro- duc­tive sheep, well grown with sound conformation and good wool types.

Rams can be viewed from 10am on sale day or be­fore­hand by ar­range­ment, in­quiries are al­ways wel­come.

Tre­fu­sis will also be of­fer­ing five rams at the multi-ven­dor ram sale in Camp­bell Town on De­cem­ber 8. THE Stud Merino Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Tas­ma­nia will hold a multi-ven­dor ram sale at Camp­bell Town Show­grounds on De­cem­ber 8.

Last year’s sale ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions with al­most a to­tal clearance of rams of­fered.

Tre­fu­sis and Camelford had equal top price of $3300, and given prices on the main­land this year it is likely this high will be sur­passed.

Tre­fu­sis and Camelford will of­fer rams along with Leenavale, Rock­ford, In­gle­wood, Echo Cot­tage, Lewisham Poll, Weed­ing­ton Poll, and May­field.

Three new studs will of­fer rams: In­ver­car­ron, at Broad­marsh, owned by Andrew and Karen Jones; Sally Peak, at Buck­land, owned by Richard Fer­rar; and, Ash­field Poll, at Cole­brook, owned by Matthew Zan­tuck.

The num­ber of peo­ple at last year’s sale was an in­di­ca­tion that they want a lo­cal sale and the op­por­tu­nity to view some of the best blood­lines all in one venue.

Lo­cal studs have sourced some of the best ge­net­ics from the main­land and these are avail­able to buy lo­cally.

Many of the ven­dors will have flock rams avail­able for sale on-prop­erty.

Twice as many cat­a­logues have been or­dered for this year.

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