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Vale - Marion Gibbins

It is with great sadness that I write to inform our members of the passing of Marion Gibbins, our immediate past CEO of the AASMB, on 6 October 2016.

This is a great loss for the AASMB and the entire Wool Industry. Marion made a huge contribution to the restructure of the AASMB in her 3 years as CEO, her knowledge, Business skills and work ethic were second to none.

The Merino Industry was Marion’s life from an early age, growing up on her family’s Gringegalgona Merino Stud and Wool growing property in the Balmoral District, Victoria. Marion was also involved and made huge contributions to the Victorian Stud Merino Breeders Association, The Balmoral Sire Evaluation Group, The Australian Woolgrowers Association, The Australian Sheep & Wool Show at Bendigo, Horsham Agricultural Show and Wool Market Linkages Ltd just to name a few!

Marion will be greatly missed by all that knew her and had personal involvement with the many associations and groups she was involved in - Her knowledge of our Industry was immense.

We send our deepest sympathy to her Family and close friends.

Georgina Wallace

President

Monumental season for SA Merino rams

Monumental season for SA Merino rams

By Catherine Miller, The Stock Journal 30 Sep 2016

THE history books were re-written at many SA’s Merino and Poll Merino on-property sales this season as top prices and averages soared.

More than 70 ram sales have been held across the state in the past two months, with 16 of these enjoying averages of $2000 or more.

Commercial breeders are brimming with confidence with bales of fleece wool worth $1800-plus, lamb prices trading above $6/kg, and a golden era for surplus breeding ewe prices.

Both Elders and Landmark stud stock managers Tony Wetherall and Gordon Wood say the season’s results have far exceeded their expectations, after good lifts in average in 2014 and 2015.

The number of Merino rams still for sale is also far less than previous years.

Mr Wetherall estimates at least half of the sales have seen averages lifted.

“In the 1980s, wool was driving the market,” he said.

“But this time, the confidence within the Merino industry is for both meat and wool.

“It is sky high and will continue to be.

“The returns with Merinos are right up there with cropping and some top operators are even in front.”

It was evident buyers were looking for dual-purpose animals with quick early growth, good carcase and structure, but particularly wool cut.

“They are really looking to put more wool back on their sheep,” Mr Wetherall said.

“The heavy cutting studs benefited from increased competition in Adelaide.”

Mr Wood said it was the “most exciting” year he had seen in his decade in stud stock.

“All the stars have aligned – lambs are good, mutton is good, wool is good and the season is good so the future is looking very bright for the Merino industry in Australia,” he said.

Many breeders had also made the decision to increase their self-replacing flocks and mate more older ewes to Merinos rather than prime lamb sires.

“There is a large lamb industry in Australia with the second-cross ewe, but you need a first-cross mother first,” he said.

Stud breeders had also “lifted their sights” in 2016 to secure top notch genetics.  

SA Merino and Poll Merino on-property sales highlights:

Highest 2016 SA Merino and Poll Merino on-property sales averages

1. Glenville: $3,024

2. Moorundie: $2,912

3. Leahcim: $2,733

4. Old Ashrose: $2,578

5. Greenfields: $2,481

6. Glenlea Park: $2,467

7. White River: $2,391

8. Kiandra: $2,360

9. Minta: $2,287

10. Nyowee: $2,192

Top 2016 SA Merino and Poll Merino on-property sales prices

1. Glenlea Park: $33,000

2. Collinsville: $32,000

3. Glenville: $23,000

4. Moorundie: $18,000

5. Minta: $16,500

New campaign encourages producers to boost Merino ewe base

The Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders is tonight launching a new campaign highlighting the profitability of Merinos as the ultimate dual‐purpose breed and encouraging producers to increase Merino breeding ewe numbers in their enterprise mix.

The campaign – titled Breed More Merino Ewes – acknowledges the Merino ewe as the backbone of the Australian sheep industry and that there are many industry businesses and organisations which have a common interest in the breed’s continued success.

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Dual‐purpose Merinos prove profitable at Elmore

A SIX-year trial run by the Elmore Field Days in northern Victoria proved that dual-purpose Merinos remain one of the most profitable livestock enterprises in a medium-rainfall region, averaging total returns of $70 to $69 per dry sheep equivalent, $8-$9/DSE above its closest competitor.

The trial, which began in 2009 and concluded in 2014, investigated five breed types – Border Leicester-Merino, Loddon Valley Merino, Centre Plus Merino, Dohne and SAMM. Ewes were crossed to terminal rams, either White Suffolks or Poll Dorsets. Consultant Kieran Ransom, formerly with Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Bendigo, Victoria, wrote a paper on the trial, titled A Commercial Comparison of Ewe breeds for Reproduction, Wool and Lamb Growth, with co-authors Forbes Brien and Wayne Pitchford.

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2016 Australian Merino Pairs Champion

Congratulations to the Hogg family of Navanvale stud in West Australia whose magnificent Merino Pair entrants took out the National Australian Merino Pairs Championship title at the 2016 Australian Sheep & Wool Show in Bendigo. 

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MARION GIBBINS AWARDED LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF THE AASMB

Marion Gibbins, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Association of the Stud Merino Breeders from 2013 to March 2016, was awarded an honorary life membership of the AASMB on Friday 8th of April at the Balmoral Sire Evaluation Field day at “Mepungah”, Wannon, west of Hamilton, Victoria.

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Merinos show dual-purpose strength in Booborowie competition

MERINO lambs made their mark at Booborowie in a competition held in early 2016 in South Australia, performing extremely well against a line‐up of 69 teams and proving the breed’s excellent dual‐purpose capabilities.

A commercial Merino lamb team recorded average weight gains of up to 307 grams per day during the competition, among the highest weight gains among any of the placegetters in any of the three sections. Third‐place in the commercial Merino/SAMM/Dohne section went to the Pratt family’s Merino lambs, which recorded a 63.7 percent average gain, a dressing percentage of 48.3pc and an average lamb carcase value (including the skin) of $174.40.

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REASONS FOR MERINO CONFIDENCE

The Australian Merino enterprise is in good form with strong returns.  When reviewing the data from several sources on the profitability of the Merino, there is every reason to support the Merino and be confident in its achievement. 

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Sheep Handling Challenge

SHEEP HANDLING CHALLENGE 

 “With the motto ‘Investing In The Future’ president of the WA Stud Merino Breeders Association, Steven Bolt, said, the Western Australian merino industry promotion this year has included introducing events that encourage and engage students with merino sheep.   

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