"Wool prices have continued to be the shining light, and this has placed merinos in top position as a money earner as you have a wool clip as well as a saleable animal."
- Peter Meyer
Report to Association Members 2013
RAINFALL! GREENFEED! TAKE A LOOK AT SA MERINOS
After an extended hot and dry summer prefaced by a low rainfall 2012 Spring, the 2013 season has had a remarkable turnaround. Rain from late April through to mid July has many farmers and pastoralists confident of a successful year.
The merino industry continues to be a shining light with the dual purpose attributes of the South Australian merino placing it in the forefront of the minds of sheep producers Australia wide.
The recent lift in mutton and lamb prices has built on the very sustainable wool prices for the ‘medium micron and above’ grade over the last 12 months.
During this period I have attended Field Days at several locations where fellow Stud breeders have displayed the Stud animals required for today’s market, being big, plain meaty animals with top quality heavy cutting wools.
Congratulations to North Ashrose on winning the 2013 SA Field Day Champion Ram, Mulloorie on winning the Elders SA Merino Pair, Greenfields on winning the Pen of Two Ram Lambs award sponsored by Ramsey Brothers, and to White River on winning the E.P. Ram Hogget Award at Wudinna.
The announcement at the 2013 Burra Central Display of the continuation of Elders being the Major Sponsor of the Field Days has been well received by the SA Merino Stud Breeders’ Associations. We thank Elders for their continued support. All Field Days have been very well attended by both commercial sheepmen and Stud breeders, indicating a positive interest in rams for the coming season, where rams to be offered appear to be of excellent quality. It is with pleasure that I welcome several new members into the Association who are now enjoying the benefits of Stud registration through their involvement in merino Field Days, show competitions, and extra promotion of their on-property sales.
All roads will lead to the SA Stud Merino and Poll Merino Ram Sale at the Adelaide Showground on Friday September the 13th where I am sure the catalogue will reflect the participating Studs’ breeding objectives mentioned previously.
The 2012 Schools’ Merino Wethers Competition was a great success, with parents, grandparents, and a loyal band of followers supporting the students and their animals at the northern end of the Stud Sheep Pavilion. The 2013 event promises to be bigger and better for all to see.
On Wednesday evening after judging, AWI along with TAFE SA’s Fashion and Footwear Training Centre will show TAFE students’ works with wool fashions being paraded in the central judging area.
Merino SA extends our congratulations to Rob Ashby of the Old Ashrose Stud on receiving Life Membership of the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders, and to Tom Ashby of the North Ashrose Stud on receiving Life Membership of the SA Stud Merino Sheepbreeders’ Association, presented to both industry leaders at the 2012 Adelaide Royal Show.
I take this opportunity to thank all sponsors that allow us to present industry events to the farming and grazing communities Australia-wide.
I wish all merino Stud breeders and commercial operators a bountiful season ahead as they reap the benefits of the industry at present. Thank you to the Management Committee of Merino SA, and I wish you all a great reward for your hard toil.