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4 September 2007

SELF REPLACING SHEEP FLOCKS

Some comparisons as between Merino and Corriedales as experienced in Victoria’s Wimmera District by O. Guthrie on ‘Rich Avon’ near Donald:

  Merino        Corriedale
Lambing percentages 80 120
Maturity reached at 3 y.o. 2 y.o.
Wool cuts (greasy) 8 - 9 kg 7 - 8 kg
Wool prices average 375 c 200 c
Death rates 3.5 % 1.5 %
Replacement ewes retained 25 % 20 %
Fly problems 7 % 4 %
Worm problems 10 % 5 %
Ease of management - rating  - / 10 5 / 10 9 / 10
Need for mulesing 80 % 5 %
Feed required - rating  - / 10 7 / 10 9 /10

SUMMARY

Of all the 11 aspects covered, only 3 were found to favour Merinos.

Gross production per breeding ewe:

At: Merino Corriedale
2 years old 36 100
3 years old 75 140
4 years old 75 140
5 years old 65 135
  251 515
  (say 350)  

 

Information courtesy:
Mr. O. Guthrie
Rich Avon
PTE. Bag 54
DONALD  3480
Phone: (03) 5496 6235
Fax:      (03) 5496 6265

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The Corriedale was simultaneously evolved in both Australia and New Zealand about 1874 by selectively breeding from cross bred progeny of pure Merino and Lincoln sheep.

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