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Beyond the Bale : September 2016
1. New England 2. Macquarie 3. Temora 4. MerinoLink 5. North East Victoria 6. Elders Victoria 7. Yardstick 8. Pingelly 9. Muresk AND MEASUREMENT NO SIRE EVALUATION 2 87 1 3 9 65 4 LIST OF TRAITS ASSESSED Measured traits Visual traits Greasy Fleece Weight Fleece Rot Clean Fleece Weight Wool Colour Fibre Diameter Wool Character Body Weight Dust Penetration Fibre Diameter Coefficient of Variation Staple Weathering Fibre Curvature Staple Structure Staple Length Fibre Pigmentation Staple Strength Non-Fibre Pigmentation Eye Muscle Depth Recessive Black Fat Depth Face Cover Worm Egg Count Feet/Legs Body Wrinkle Jaw Back/Shoulder Breech Cover Crutch Cover Breech Wrinkle Dag Urine Visual Classer's Grade MORE INFORMATION For more information on Merino Sire Evaluation visit www.merinosuperiorsires.com.au or contact Ben Swain on 0427 100 542 or ben_swain bigpond.com for running sites, the analysis of the data collected and the reporting of results. As well as being reported in Site Reports, all data collected at sites is combined and reported in Merino Superior Sires. "To achieve the combined analysis, each site uses link sires," Ben says. "Link sires are rams that have been successfully used at another site, or in another year. By using link sires AMSEA is able to compare the results of all sires entered, regardless of where or when." Linkage between the sites offers industry benefits well beyond Merino Sire Evaluation, with the combined database playing a critical role in the success of the national genetic analysis, MERINOSELECT. Without Merino Sire Evaluation many of the flocks in MERINOSELECT would not be linked, or linked for only some traits. Merino Sire Evaluation continues to offer a platform and focus for research and development. The Visual Sheep Scores booklet containing the national standards for the visual scoring of a range of traits was conceived and developed by AMSEA. And, in the past 18 months AMSEA has formed a partnership with AWI to deliver the Merino Lifetime Productivity project. The project, outlined in the June 2016 edition Beyond the Bale, will operate for the next nine years and see the ewe progeny from 135 industry sires evaluated throughout life for a wide range of commercially important visual and objective traits. The operation of individual Merino Sire Evaluation sites is funded by commercial entry fees paid by ram breeders. Most sites are also supported by generous in-kind support from dedicated site committees, service providers, local state departments of agriculture and sponsors. AWI supports Merino Sire Evaluation through the funding of link sires, support for the Executive Officer's role, the analysis of the results and the administration of AMSEA. MSS sites are located across the majority of wool growing regions in Australia. ON FARM 47
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