MERINOS an ad­ver­tis­ing fea­ture A mark of sound prof­itabil­ity

Tasmanian Country - - MERINOS -

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.

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