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Australian Delegation to the 10th World Merino Conference

AUSTRALIAN Merino breeders have plenty to smile about after what was seen and heard by participants on the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders (AASMB) a recent trade mission to Uruguay and Argentina. The visit to the two South American Merino breeding countries coincided with the 10th World Merino Conference held in April in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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Merino Success Story - Ian and Camilla Shippen

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Case study - The Australian Merino as a profitable enterprise

Farmers: Ian and Camilla Shippen

Location: Moulamein and Wagga Wagga

Property size: 105,000 hectares total

Average annual rainfall: 330mm (Moulamein) 500mm (Wagga Wagga)

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Merino Success Story - Craig Hickman

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Case study - The Australian Merino as a profitable enterprise

Farmers: Craig and Abigail Hickman

Location: Curramulka, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Property size: 777ha

Average annual rainfall: 418mm

Enterprise mix: 75 per cent cropping and 25 per cent self-replacing Merino flock

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Merino Success Story - Daniel Schuppan

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Case study - The Australian Merino as a profitable enterprise

Name: Daniel Schuppan

Company: Landmark

Position: Animal Production Specialist

Location: Jamestown, South Australia

Clients: Works with a mix of producers across SA, from mixed farms to 100 percent sheep and/or beef enterprises

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Merino Success Story - Simon Fowler

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Case Study: The Australian Merino a Profitable Enterprise

By CAITLYN BURLING

Farmer: Simon Fowler

Location: Condingup, 90km east of Esperance

Property size: 28,000ha arable

Average annual rainfall: 500mm

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Merino Success Story - Sam Lyne

 

Case study - Sam Lyne - Tasmania

Farmer Sam, Crosby and Angus Lyne

Location Riccarton, Campbell Town, Tasmania

Property size 2600ha

Average annual rainfall 500mm

Enterprise mix One-half cropping barley, wheat, canola, peas, poppies and seed crops, one-quarter 3500 self-replacing Merino flock, one-quarter Merino ewes mated to terminal and composite sires.

1 Profitability – Merinos generate an income of up to $60/DSE for wool and $40/DSE for lambs

2 Environment – Merinos are a better match to the region where the Lynes farm, not having the feed requirements in the drought years.

3 Spread risk – Merinos provide a dual-income from meat and wool, with lambs sold for $6.50/kg

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National Merino Challenge 2017

Georgina Wallace, President of the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders, inspires a new generation of potential merino breeders at the National Merino Challenge held in Melbourne in May 2017.