President's Report to the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders Ltd.
Having one of the wettest springs in many years of South Australia, the Merino industry could not be set at a better position at the end of the 2016 season.
Typically, most of our type of wool grown is at an all time high, was well as extremely strong abattoirs, sale yard and on property sheep sales.
We had a very successful World Merino Insight Conference held in September with presenting partners, Thomas Food International and Australian Wool Innovations. This conference was well supported by keen local, interstate and international Merino breeders. I would like to congratulation our co-chairpersons, Peter Meyer, John Daniel as well as our World Federation Merino President, Tom Ashby, on an outstanding and successful week.
The 2016 ram selling season was very successful with our Adelaide Merino Ram sale. Once again, having great results, offering 83 rams and selling 74 with a top price of $40,000 for a Moorundie South ram and a sale average of $9,013.
Most on property rams sales were very well supported with numerous studs receiving excellent averages.
The Elders 2017 South Australia Stud Merino Expo and Field Days began on Monday, March 20th, with the on property displays. On Tuesday, March 21st, with more than 25 studs from across the state as well as some static displays received plenty of attention from a large crowd that made their way to Burra.
The day featured 3 judging events:-
• Elders & Universal Feeders Ram of the Field Day - won by East Bungaree
• Judging of the State Pair – won by Orrie Cowie
• WSB Distributors All Purpose Pen of 2 Rams – won by Bunyara
Regional Field Days at Murray Bridge, Keith and Wudinna are held in July and August for local and interstate visitors to inspect rams for up and coming on property ram sales.
In April, we held the South Australian Sheep Expo, along with other companies and industry people. This was well attended by up to 70 young people ranging in the age group of 18-23.
Finally, I would like to thank my management committee for their time and commitment as well as Cameron Hills, our CEO, for his continued efforts.
I would like to wish all stud breeders across Australia continued success for the 2017 season.