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Beyond the Bale : December 2014
36 ON FARM The latest edition of Merino Superior Sires, the annual publication of the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association (AMSEA) has recently been published and is available in hardcopy and on the Merino Superior Sires website www.merinosuperiorsires.com.au. AMSEA Executive Officer, Ben Swain says that this year’s edition marks the 25th anniversary of Merino Sire Evaluation in Australia. “Over that period, more than 1500 sires have been entered in sire evaluation trials throughout 15 different regions around the country. As a result 73,000 individual progeny have been bred and evaluated for a huge range of both measured and visual traits,” Ben says. Merino Superior Sires 20, which contains those sires that have been entered since 2009 and have results available for the latest MERINOSELECT analysis, includes information on 198 individual sires from almost 100 studs. As well as focusing on the key traits that woolgrowers are interested in, such as fleece weight, fibre diameter, body weight, worm egg count, carcase measurements and a range of visual traits, including Classer’s Grade, Ben says that Merino Sire Evaluation continues to evolve and improve on the level of information it provides. “For the first time, SNP genotyping results have been incorporated into the ASBVs of all sires that have been DNA tested over recent years. “Also, Poll/Horn results are now displayed on all genotyped sires in Merino Superior Sires. “AMSEA’s commitment to leading the industry in the adoption of genomic technology is just the start of what you can expect from Merino Sire Evaluation in the years to come. Focusing on reproduction, lifetime production and carcase traits, along with the key production traits already included, we continue to work with the industry with the aim of delivering high quality and reliable results to breeders.” 2015 Merino Sire Evaluation joinings are currently being planned across Australia. Breeders are encouraged to get their entries in now to be part of future editions of Merino Superior Sires and benchmark their genetics to some of the best in the country. MERINO SUPERIOR SIRES The latest edition of Merino Superior Sires, has been released. Entries are now open for 2015 sire evaluation. Rotate to tRifecta® ▹ Treats and controls internal parasites resistant to ML drenches in both sheep AND beef cattle * ▹ Strategic rotational drench: oral drenching can often be more effective against resistant worms than pour-ons or injectables ^ Toll Free 1800 885 576 www.coopersanimalhealth.com.au ® Trifecta and Coopers are registered trademarks of Inter vet Australia Pty Ltd (known as MSD Animal Health). ABN: 79008467034. (10/07/2014). * As per APVMA approval no. 67327/55810. ^ Leathwick, D.M., Besier, R.B., The management of anthelmintic resistance in grazing ruminants in Australasia – Strategies and experiences. Vet. Parasitol. (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2013.12 .022 AU/TRIF/0614/0001 A TRIPLE DRENCH THAT DEFENDS SHEEP & CATTLE AgAINST DRENCH RESISTANCE* NEW! MORE INFORMATION Merino Superior Sires 20 as well as Site Reports can be downloaded from the Merino Superior Sires website www.merinosuperiorsires.com.au. For hardcopies of Merino Superior Sires or more information on entering a sire in 2015, contact the AMSEA Executive Officer Ben Swain on (02) 6743 2306, firstname.lastname@example.org Regular updates are available at: www.merinosuperiorsires.com.au Central Test Sire Evaluation Results NUMBER 20 – 2014 | 2009 – 2013 Drops SINCE 1989 1. NewEngland 2. Macquarie 3. Elders Victoria 4. North East Victoria 5. Yardstick 6. Tasmania 7. The Queensland CTSE 8. Bluechip Livestock Temora 2 4 3 5 6 7 8 1 Celebratin g2 5yearsofM erino Sire Evaluatio n DETAILED SITE REPORTS FOR EVERY SIRE AVAIL ABLE ONLINE