MERINOS an advertising feature A mark of sound profitability
LEWISHAM Poll Merino stud was formed in 1989.
From the beginning we have defied the trends in the wider Merino industry and placed a large emphasis on the maternal characteristics of the Poll Merino sheep driving high lambing percentages and early growth rates on plain bodies.
Lewisham Poll Merinos grow 10mm staple length per month and are shorn every eight months. Average production figures from last financial year were: MICRON, 18.8u, staple length 78 mm (8 months), NKT 47. LAMBING was 132 per cent per ewe joined, (five-year average 125 per cent)
September drop wether lambs were sold in April averaging 45kg live weight and ewe lambs over 50kg live weight were joined at eight months.
Entering a couple of pens of pure Poll Merino wether lambs in a hoof and hook competition at Campbell Town Show was part of a learning journey for us. We were up against both first and second cross prime lambs and were keen to see how they compared.
We expected to finish a distant last and as it turned out we were fifth in a class of 11, which surprised and encouraged us.
It showed us Poll Merinos are close to matching crossbred lambs in all key areas, and then if a decent fleece of fine wool is factored in they are clearly more profitable, and we get to keep all the ewes.
The merinos we entered yielded 47 per cent, against the crossbred yields of 53 per cent, a gap that seems attainable.