Merino Bloodline Performance

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Contact

Dr Sue Hatcher
Principal Research Scientist
NSW DPI, Orange Agricultural Institute
Locked Bag 6006
Orange NSW 2800
P: 02 6391 3861
F: 02 6391 3922
E: sue.hatcher@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Brett Wilson
Development Officer
NSW DPI, Orange Agricultural Institute
Locked Bag 6006
Orange NSW 2800
P: 02 6391 3896
F: 02 6391 3922
E: brett.wilson@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Wool growers can now compare Merino bloodlines from wether trials and on-farm comparisons that have been run across Australia over the past ten years.

The Merino Bloodline Performance analysis is a joint initiative between NSW Department of Primary industries (NSW DPI) and Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI).

The analysis takes out all environmental factors between trials and years, leaving only the genetic variation between the bloodlines.

Bloodlines are only reported where wethers have been bred from the same bloodlines for at least five years, and there are accuracy ratings depending on the number of sheep that contributed to the results.

The 2016 results demonstrate significant variation in production between bloodlines, with a range of 4.05 µm in fibre diameter, 36% in clean fleece and 16% in liveweight.

These production differences therefore translate into very significant differences in bloodline profitability.

The Merino Bloodline Performance package is also available free of charge by contacting Dr Sue Hatcher or Brett Wilson.