Wether Trial Results

Mirani wethers are currently in trials in Blackall (Qld), and Condobolin (NSW) where they are performing well in non-traditional fine wool areas. As well as continuing to produce large quantities of fine wool, the sheep appear to maintain price premiums for their wool, and have significantly increased gross margins over the local bloodlines.

Click on the links for results from:

Walcha Wether Trial

W.A. wether trials

Benlindi wether trial (Blackall)

To view Gross Margin Performance, click here

Wether Trial results form all over Australia have been combined so bloodline
performance may be evaluated over a range of different environments. 

Copies of this report may be obtained from:
Allan Casey 
Advanced Breeding Services
Forest Rd Orange,
NSW 2800
Email:
allan.casey@agric.nsw.gov.au

 


Results of the Walcha Wether Trial 1995-1997

Team No.

Team Owner

Bloodline

Rank

Ave
Return
1995

Ave
Return
1996

Ave
Return
1997

Ave
Trial Return

Carcase Value

Total Ave Return

Ave Live Wt
1997

1

A. Burgess Ruby Hills

8

29.96

33.14

34.38

32.49

21.41

53.91

56.2

2

M. Fenwicke WRBG

17

23.83

28.11

30.39

27.44

21.79

49.24

57.2

3

J. McLaren Nerstane

5

34.93

32.08

31.54

32.85

22.17

55.02

58.2

4

C. Laurie Boree

12

28.40

31.00

30.69

30.03

22.17

52.20

58.2

5

E. Barnet Miramoona

21

23.29

27.40

27.86

26.18

20.69

46.87

54.3

6

Nivison Family Mirani

1

32.01

41.88

43.05

38.98

20.12

59.10

52.8

7

D. Cameron WRBG

15

25.98

29.70

31.49

29.06

20.50

49.55

53.8

8

B. Miller Nerstane

19

23.86

28.16

28.88

26.97

21.49

48.46

56.4

9

R. Fulloon Cressbrook

2

31.21

34.29

32.83

32.78

23.16

55.94

60.8

10

G. Nivison Yalgoo

3

30.19

36.57

39.50

35.42

20.38

55.80

53.5

11

L. Blanch Westvale

20

25.63

31.06

32.70

29.80

18.52

48.31

48.6

12

R. MacLean Saumarez

18

24.39

28.19

29.88

27.49

21.53

49.01

56.5

13

J. Wood Nerstane

14

27.52

30.48

27.82

28.61

21.53

50.13

56.5

14

J. Maher Gostwyck

7

25.20

35.09

38.06

32.78

21.18

53.97

55.6

15

J. Hayter Petali

24

20.23

25.21

26.32

23.92

20.27

44.19

53.2

16

J. Harris Abbington

23

22.16

26.22

26.29

24.89

20.69

45.58

54.3

17

L. Fletcher Coomooloo

6

30.05

37.27

33.59

33.64

20.73

54.36

54.4

18

M. Endacott Merrindee

25

20.74

27.39

27.55

25.23

18.82

44.05

49.4

19

A. Wood Bungulla

16

29.10

28.99

29.75

29.28

20.12

49.40

52.8

20

I. Sutherland Deargee

11

28.32

29.94

37.06

31.77

20.96

52.73

55.0

21

A. Van Eyk Shalimar

4

26.06

34.17

38.09

32.77

22.71

55.48

59.6

22

G. Fletcher Auchen Dhu

9

29.61

32.12

31.76

31.16

22.40

53.57

58.8

23

D. Rainger Wanganella

26

18.99

26.77

23.89

23.22

20.35

43.56

53.4

24

R. King WRBG

13

29.35

30.28

28.49

29.37

20.84

50.21

54.7

25

D. Fletcher Auchen Dhu

22

23.36

26.89

26.15

25.47

20.69

46.15

54.3

26

J. Hayter Nerstane

10

30.87

31.37

32.46

31.57

21.34

52.90

56.0

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Western Australia Wether Trial Results

CSIRO Fine Wool Teams Perform Well in WA Wether Trials

 Bronwyn Clarke

Great Southern Agricultural Research Institute
Katanning, WA, 6317

 Agriculture WA, at the Great Southern Agricultural Research Institute, is working with woolgrowers involved in wether trials to link trials across the state.  The trials that are currently linked are located at:

  • ·        Condinup (near Esperance)

  • ·        Esperance

  • ·        Katanning

  • ·        Minignew

  • ·        Newdegate

 Further interest was added to the Katanning and Condingup trials by the inclusion of teams from CSIRO’s fine wool flocks to demonstrate the performance of fine wool animals in different environments in Western Australia.  The Katanning wether trial included two teams (Mirani and Hazeldean) of weaners that had been born at the Great Southern Agricultural Research Institute (GSARI).  The same two bloodlines were represented in the Condingup trial and were wether hoggets from Yalambee Research Station.

The Mirani team had the lowest average fibre diameter and the lowest clean fleece weight but the highest average fleece value in the Katanning trial.  There was a greater than $15.00/head difference between the highest and lowest average fleece values.  The prices used for the trial were based on the premiums and discounts that applied to all wool sold at auction in the first quarter of the 1997/1998 wool selling season. 

 

 

 

A similar difference in price was found by the Condingup wether trial.  They found a difference between the highest and lowest fleece values for green tag wethers of over $17.00/head.

Under the current wool market differences in team performance may not be fully realised.  However, the inclusion of the fine wool teams into WA wether trials has certainly added much interest. Proof that fine wool wethers can be competitive in a Mediterranean environment.  Such is the level of interest that we are struggling to meet demand to include fine wool sheep in new trials. 

Results from the Eastern Wether Trial (Condingup) four tooth shearing

Team

Fibre Diameter

(microns)

Clean Fleece Weight (kg)

Average Fleece Value ($)

Hazeldean

19.7

5.34

$49.53

Mirani

19.4

4.60

$44.35

Team 9

22.7

5.27

$40.77

Team 8

23.1

6.28

$40.22

Team 6

21.6

6.48

$40.08

Team 7

21.6

4.70

$35.79

Team 2

21.7

4.82

$35.62

Team 11

20.5

4.06

$35.19

Team 1

22.1

4.86

$33.91

Team 12

23.3

5.70

$33.75

Team 3

23.1

5.32

$33.35

Team 4

23.4

5.16

$31.55

Group Average

21.9

5.22

$37.84

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Benlindi Wether Trial Results
Results available soon


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