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