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Beyond the Bale : December 2016
KEEP UP TO DATE The MLP project website is kept up to date with project activity and will undergo a face lift within the next 12 months. Make sure you bookmark www.wool.com/MLP to keep up to date with the latest in MLP developments. The first drop of progeny, the Elders Balmoral 2015 drop, have recently had their results updated and can be accessed via the MLP website. The ewes were extensively classed and measured at post weaning age and were first reported in June this year. This data has now been updated with carcase measurements and a worm egg count and a full fleece GET TO KNOW THE SITES SITE RAINFALL (MM) EWE BASE NUMBER OF SIRES JOINED OR JOINING SITE CHAIR (SITE MANAGER) Elders Balmoral 470 winter rainfall 17.2um, fine wool base, selecting for growth, fertility and wool cut 24 sires 2015 & 2016 Tom Silcock M: 0419 882 239 (also Manager) MerinoLink 500 slight winter dominant 18um, previous sire evaluation progeny, and studs with ASBVs 13 sires 2016 & 2017 Richard Keniry M: 0427 878 541 (Sally Martin M: 0400 782 477) Pingelly 440 winter rainfall 19.5um, meaty Merino ewes 15 sires 2016 & 2017 Brett Jones M: 0428 323 012 (Bron Clarke M: 0418 957 293) New England 700+ summer dominant 17um, traditional ultra-fine flock 15 sires 2017 & 2018 Duncan Lance M: 0447 297 135 (Jen Smith Ph: 02 6776 1381) Macquarie 500 evenly distributed Even split of Centre Plus Poll Merino and Towalba Merino bloodlines 16 sires Dec 2016 & 2017 Matthew Coddington M: 0428 635 386 (Sue Hatcher Ph: 02 6391 3861) assessment on their brothers at yearling age. The yearling assessment of the 2015 drop wethers was funded separately by AWI to enable repeat fleece measurements on siblings at post weaning and yearling age stages. This data will help to strengthen the accuracy of post weaning ASBV estimates in the national genetic evaluation program MERINOSELECT. The MLP project would like to acknowledge the invaluable support of the site hosts, the committees, project sire entrants, industry steering group and the wide range of individuals and organisations working to help the MLP achieve such important outcomes for the Australian sheep and wool industry. Elders Balmoral 2016 Field Day Elders Balmoral 2015 F1 Ewe (at 7 months old) MLP FIELD DAYS The MLP site field days will be held in conjunction with standard sire evaluation field days over the coming years. These field days are a chance to view the progeny from sires entered and to network with other sheep breeding enthusiasts. Come along next year and look at the first and second drop of progeny at Elders Balmoral, and the first drops at MerinoLink and Pingelly. ELDERS BALMORAL Friday 24 March (Harrow, Vic) PINGELLY Tuesday 4 April (Pingelly, WA) MERINOLINK Early March or early April – check the MLP website for details MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/MLP MLP Project Manager Anne Ramsay, 0400 368 448, firstname.lastname@example.org ON FARM 49
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