SA Merino Sire Evaluation Trial
Sixteen Merino Sires from South Australia and interstate will have their male progeny compared for type, structure, wool production and carcase traits in the SA Merino Sire Evaluation trial. It is hoped the results of these trials will contribute to genetic improvements for the Merino industry. The 2019 and 2020 SA Sire Evaluation Trial is currently running at the McPiggery host site at Lameroo, SA.
Host sites run for a two year duration, with the previous site being Keyneton Station, Keyneton SA.
New site host David Eckert, of Mentara Park at Malinong will commence the next Trial phase in October.
Sire nominations for the 2021 SA Trial have now closed.
Details about the SA Sire Evaluation Trial are available from Co-ordinator: Anna Cameron firstname.lastname@example.org or 0403 747 332.
Find out more in the latest SA Sire Evaluation Newsletter : September 2020 Newsletter
2019 Hoggett Assessment Oct 2020: 2019 drop Final Assessment
2020 drop initial assessment Oct 2020: 2020 drop Initial Assessment
SA Sire Evaluation Field Day 2020
The 2020 SA Merino Sire Evaluation Field Day was held in perfect conditions on Friday, 30th October at McPiggery, Marama. It was great to see the progress of the 2019 and 2020 drops, and hear from guest speakers . A capacity marquee crowd attentively listed to Dr William van Wettere, University of Adelaide talk about the effect of melatonin implants on twin lamb survival. Some very interesting research being conducted by the University of Adelaide, including how to wean more lambs by culling 'passengers' and keeping 'performers' . This topic was presented by Associate Professor Forbes Brien, who descibed the value of twin and triplet producing ewes, comparative to the single.
Red Meat & Wool Growth Program were sponsors of the Field Day. A zoom presentation by Nathan Scott of Achieve Ag discussed the value of capturing a range of data via EID, and options for producers to assist with the data management. It was reinforced that data is only worthwhile capturing if the producer actually uses the information.
Approximately 100 people attended the event, with thanks expressed to Duane Simon & the McMahon family for the excellent display of the progeny on the day, to Anna Cameron for the co-ordination of the event and sponsors including Red Meat & Wool Program.
Complete Field Day Booklet available here: 2020 Field Day Booklet incl 2019 & 2020 Sire Progeny results
Results of the 2019 Sire Evaluation Trial (Lameroo) - 2019 - Yearling Assessment
Results of the 2019 Sire Evaluation Trial ( Lameroo) - Initial data 2019 Drop
Results of the 2018 Sire Evaluation Trial (Keyneton): 2018 Drop - Final Assessment
Results of the 2017 Sire Evaluation Trial (Keyneton) : 2017 Drop -Final Assessment
See the latest Newsletter about the Sire Evaluation program here :
Trial results from Keyneton 2018 Drop : Keyneton 2018