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Beyond the Bale : March 2018
MERINO LIFETIME PRODUCTIVITY PROJECT UPDATE UPCOMING FIELD DAYS The MLP field days are a great way of seeing first-hand the diversity of sires and sites involved in the project. Three field days are planned for the coming months that will feature a mix of sheep displays, guest speakers, the new MLP report and other local demonstrations. Visit the MLP page on the AWI website at www.wool.com/MLP for more details: The tenth and final artificial insemination (AI) program in the MLP project will take place in April at the New England site (Armidale, NSW). At the conclusion of the AI program, a total of 15,000 ewes will have been AI’d to 135 unique sires in order to generate the 5,000 F1 ewe progeny that form the basis of the project. This is a huge feat by the five sites involved. At each of the five MLP sites, industry sires are joined for two years having been selected to provide a balance of different types, performance, sire age, horn status, industry impact, and breeding philosophies. A stocktake of sires involved in the project mid last year showed that the sire listing was close to being industry representative, although there was a need to involve greater ultra-fine genetics. The project received a total of 40 industry sire nominations for the New England joining, including a good representation from the ultra-fine sector. The planned list of sires selected for AI in April 2018 is outlined on the right. We look forward to following their progeny through life and learning as much as we can about the drivers of productivity in a summer rainfall, worm-challenged and mules-free environment. Date Site Contact 16 March MerinoLink Temora, NSW Sally Martin 0400 782 477 28 March Pingelly, WA Bron Clarke 0418 957 293 11 July Macquarie Trangie, NSW Kathryn Egerton-Warburton 0429 943 708 Date Site Contact Email Anne Ramsay MLP Project Manager 0400 368 448 firstname.lastname@example.org Ben Swain AMSEA Executive Officer 0427 100 542 email@example.com Geoff Lindon AWI Program Manager Genetics 0427 572 228 firstname.lastname@example.org • Alfoxton, 150430 (Industry Impact Sire) • Avington Poll, 160047 • Bungulla, 160350 • Clovernook Poll, 160095 • Cressbrook, 140055 (Link Sire) • Eilan Donan, Harvey (5145) (Industry Impact Sire) • Europambela, 120101 • Hillcreston Park Poll, 120143 • Hilltop, HT Poll 156 • Karori, 150222 • Nerstane, 150073 (Link Sire) • Petali Poll, 160849 • Tallawong (Poll), 150280 • Wurrook, 130149 (Industry Impact Sire and Link Sire) • Yalgoo, 160070 A complete list of sires for the MLP Project can be found on the AWI website at www.wool.com/MLP MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/MLP FINAL MLP AI PROGRAM (NEW ENGLAND) PROJECT CONTACT DETAILS The Balmoral field day gave woolgrowers an opportunity to inspect first-hand the progeny from the diverse range of sires entered at the site. ON FARM 51
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