Grand day for growers with MerinoLink

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Wool, carcass and fertility traits will be all under the spotlight for commercial and stud woolgrowers at the Merino Lifetime Productivity Project field day in March.

Hosted by MerinoLink, the day will showcase the latest visual and objective assessment data of the 2016 and 2017 drop ewe progeny in the Merino Lifetime Productivity project.

MLP is a partnership between Australian Wool Innovation and the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association.

The 350 March shorn, 22-month-old 2016-drop ewes will be displayed in their sire groups with pen cards carrying raw data.

A total of 430, 2017-drop ewe weaners will also be on display.

MerinoLink chairman Richard Keniry said the project at the Temora site would deliver key outcomes for the commercial industry.

AWI genetics and animal welfare advocacy program manager Geoff Lindon will give an overview of the national MLP project, followed by a MLP site update by MerinoLink chief executive officer Sally Martin.

Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association executive officer Ben Swain will outline the conversion of raw data to adjusted sire means and flock breeding values.

MerinoLink chairman Richard Keniry will update field day visitors on MerinoLink’s other projects, including collaborative work with the University of New England.

Visitors will also see a practical classing demonstration by Craig Wilson, Craig Wilson and Associates, Wagga.

  • The field day will be held at “The Vale’’, Temora, from 11am-3pm, with a barbecue lunch, RSVP for catering by March 14 to merinolinklimited@gmail.com or 0428 212 801.