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Newsletter 2007

Cressbrook 99-295 merino superior sire

Each year the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association (AMSEA) releases a ‘Merino Superior Sires’ publication which pools the results from sire evaluation sites from around Australia. The publication also ranks the top 25 sires in the country for the various breeding indexes. In the 2007 report Cressbrook 99-295 ranks 6th and 7th for the Merino Fine 20% + SS and Medium 14% + SS indexes respectively.

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Cressbrook 03-784 (shown above) comes from the same line of breeding as 99-295 and has been producing excellent progeny that will be available at our next on-Property Sale. Also, this ram has proven to be a trait leader for Staple Strength on the SGA data base.

 

Ultra fine wool prices flying high

The past two wool selling seasons have seen the demand and hence price for sub 14.5 micron wool escalate substantially. Prices anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 c/kg are being paid by Italian processors for paddock reared hogget wools of reasonable length and strength. In an attempt to tap into this market we at Cressbrook employed in-shed Laser Scan technology at our recent hogget shearing. As a result we were able to put together two bales of ultra fine wool, one of which is shown below.

 

Cressbrook ultra fine bale

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The Cressbrook hogget clip will be offered in November.

 

Clip success at maryburn

Long term Cressbrook clients Dave and Trish Lindeman produce award winning superfine wool on their Wollomombi district property “Maryburn”. Their clip is a regular finalist in New England Wools’ Ultimate Clip Competition with the majority of fleece lines attracting spinners type premiums. For the past two years all adult sheep on Maryburn have cut an average of $45/hd. Each year Dave and Trish look to sell all one year old wethers off the board.

This presents buyers with a wonderful opportunity to purchase 600 to 800 wethers of the highest quality with the knowledge that the wools from them will attract significant premiums.

This year Dave and Trish also took the opportunity to chase the huge prices being paid for ultra fine wool presently. Dave is shown above classing hogget wool at their recent shearing where each fleece was micron tested by an in-shed Laser Scan machine prior to reaching the classing table.

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Trial Results 2007

Commercial wool growers need to know how their chosen ram source ranks in terms of profitability relative to others. One of the best ways to evaluate bloodline performance is through wether trials. Cressbrook Merinos actively seek to enter trials of significance so that we can gauge how our sheep perform. Teams of our own wethers and from long term clients are currently being evaluated across four different sites in south-eastern Australia.

In 2007, despite low premiums for fine wools, Cressbrook blood sheep have performed well above the average in all trials they have been entered in. This is a very encouraging result and proves that our breeding objectives are succeeding.

The results of these are shown in the tables below.

1.  Three Year Cumulative Results from Orange National Wether Trial 2004-2007.

Bloodline
CFW
FDCVSSBWMerino 14% Index Rank
Cressbrook4.461916.843.858.13rd out of 29
Ave all teams4.96 19.618.140.959.9 
Source: – S. Martin, NSW Dept. of Primary Ind.

Long term Cressbrook clients Roger and Jock Gordon’s team ranked 6th

 

2.  Pooled national wether trial data compiled by NSW DPI contains data from 58 wether trials throughout Australia between 1994 to 2004. A total of 71 bloodlines were analysed.

Bloodline
CFW
FDBW 2005-2006 Net Profit / HaRank
Cressbrook4.119.249.5$424 out of 71
Ave all teams4.2 20.649.7$13 
Source: – Money Makers – The Merinos that make it, Holmes Sackett and Associates Pty Ltd.

 

3.  Productivity and profitability of merino bloodlines from the Craig Wilson Livestock and Australian National Field Day combined wether Trial 2005-2006.

Bloodline
CFW
FDBW 2005-2006 Net Profit / HaRank
Cressbrook3.617.247.6$2227 out of 60
Ave all teams4.2 18.251.3$166 
Source: – Money Makers – The Merinos that make it, Holmes Sackett and Associates Pty Ltd.

 

4.  Merinos to Match – Hamilton Victoria 2006. This wether trial comprised 15 wethers from three client flocks (Crofts and Swales from Uralla and Gollands from Quirindi). Results ranked on the SGA Merino 14% Index.

Bloodline
CFW
FDCVSSBWMerino 14% Index Rank
Cressbrook4.461916.843.858.13rd out of 29
Ave all teams4.96 19.618.140.959.9 
Source: – Merinos to Match, Site Report—Hamilton 2007

 

Cressbrook sire 05-499 sold to Uruguay

To ensure rapid progress, studs need to trial outside bloodlines that may provide a boost in genetic gain in one trait, whilst minimising any negative gain in others. Over the past two years outside blood has been evaluated from three different studs. This year, a Cromarty blood ram (shown right), bred by the Alfoxton Stud was purchased and used in our stud. The ram has proven breeding and has an ASBV Fine 20% + SS index value that places him in the top 1% for all rams bred in 2005.

Regular Cressbrook sire purchasers from Uruguay, Oro Blanco and adviser Rodolfo Fernandez made their bi-annual journey to Australia this year in search of impact sires from south-eastern Australia. The Oro Blanco management team inspected Cressbrook sires in July and decided to purchase 05-499.

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At our ram shearing in August, 05-499 cut 6.2kg of 15.1 micron wool. We now look forward to evaluating his progeny next year.

 

Dates for the calendar

Saturday 12th January 2008: New England Merino Field Days. The Un-housed Sale ram team will be on display.

Monday 14th January 2008: Armidale Un-Housed ram Sale. Cressbrook shall be entering 5 stud rams.

Friday 15th February 2008: On-Property Sale. 220 rams and 600 surplus ewes.