MerinoLink Lifetime Productivity Project Site
As a service to members and the wider sheep industry MerinoLink is participating in the AWI Funded Lifetime Productivity Project. The trial site will be at “The Vale”, Barmedman Road, Temora utilizing the Bluechip Livestock ewes.
The MerinoLink Lifetime Productivity Project – 2016 joining
The program will fully evaluate a maximum of ten (11) rams and accommodate two (2) link sires. Ewes were Artificially Inseminated on the 4th, 5th and 6th January 2016. Ewes will be lambed down in small mobs to accommodate the nutrition requirements of single and multiple births. All progeny will be DNA tested to allocate full pedigree. Lambs will be tagged two to three weeks after lambing and then run in one mob for the remainder of the evaluation.
Progeny will be assessed at 10 months of age and then again at 20 months of age (visual and objective assessments) in line with the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association (AMSEA) requirements (page 12). The ewe progeny will remain on “The Vale” have adult measurements collected with the, measuring adult fleece and reproduction traits.