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Wool, wine create vibrant blend

By Elizabeth Anderson
Published in the 2017 Merino Annual


THE Grant Burge name is known for its award-winning Barossa Valley wines.

For the man behind the brand, that same dedication has also been used to develop a 6000-head fine wool Merino flock of distinction based in a 20-kilometre radius from his home at Tanunda.

Mr Burge began running sheep in the 1970s after the family bought a parcel of land, with some of the block not planted to vines.

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Nationwide project studies long term ewe performance

By Catherine Miller
Published in the 2017 Merino Annual


MANY Merino breeders are finding the lifetime performance of individual ewes within
their flock can vary greatly throughout the years. Some produce a valuable fleece and lamb each year, while others may lose fleece weight or fertility as they age.

The Merino Lifetime Productivity project is hoping to find ways to identify the best long-term performers through measurement and visual classing.

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Sire evaluation pinpoints key traits

By Quinton McCallum
Published in the 2017 Merino Annual


THE SA Merino Sire Evaluation trial is under way, with 960 ewes artificially inseminated at Keyneton Station in the Barossa in January.
The trial received 26 nominations from across Australia, with the 16 successful rams comprising of 13 from SA and three from NSW.

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Smyths capitalise on good wool country

By Alisha Fogden
Published in the 2017 Merino Annual


DESPITE many producers in their pastoral district changing to meat sheep to chase strong lamb prices, the Smyth family believe improved Merino genetics are allowing them to produce good carcases without sacrificing fleece weight and quality.

“A lot of our neighbours have changed to Dorpers but we believe the country here is good wool country, because it’s very clean, your yields are high and your vegetable matter is low,” Sam Smyth said.

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Uruguayan conference to promote information exchange

Published in the 2017 Merino Annual

THE eyes of the Merino world will be on Uruguay in April 2018, when the Uruguayan Merino Breeders Society (Sociedad Criadores Merino Australiano del Uruguay) hosts the 10th World Merino Conference in Montevideo.

Under the patronage of the World Federation of Merino Breeders, World Merino Conferences are held every four years, fulfilling one of the federation’s purposes of providing a global network for information exchange relating to all facets of Merino breeding and the use of Merino wool, meat and related products.

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