FULLERTON MERINO STUD are pleased to announce their 2021 sale date. The helmsman auction will be held on Friday, the 29th of January at 3pm on the grounds of the Laggan Pub. Inspections begin at 1pm. There are 40 horned and poll one year old rams for sale. The rams are well grown, productive, robust and showing the eveness of type which we have been breeding for.
The 2020 season has been challenging for merinos producers. Despite the dry start, 2020 gave us challenges never before seen. Our ewe base proved they could withstand the cold and unrelenting wet periods. Their structure held firm and the fleece wool remained bright and stylish. There where some lambing difficulties with large lambs in the last trimester causing several prolapses. This effected our usually high lambing percentages. Particular issues where the maidens, where a surplus of clover feed increased the lamb size late in pregnancy. We did our best to adapt to unusual conditions, but had to take a hit. The 2021 sale team’s objective measurements continue to improve compared to the sale team this time last year. 2021 sale team’s average micron is 19.7, CV 16.4, CF 99.6% and an SD of 3.1. The micron range is from 17.7- 21.5um, with a strong emphasis on maintaining a low SD.
The entire sale team is paddock run and unhoused. Sale team were shorn on the 1st of September. Fullerton Merino Stud sale rams are current with Gudair, 6-1, Scabbiguard vaccinations and Brucellosis accredited.
Fullerton Merino have invested in poll genetics via West Plains Poll, One Oak Poll and Yarrawonga Poll stud. The first of Fullerton Merino poll lambs are on the ground now, and available in 2021’s sale. Fullerton Merino are diversifying with poll rams, but still envisage continuing horn progeny in the future.
Fullerton Merino’s progression is through fertility, allowing heavy maiden ewe classing. 2017’s lambing average was 120%, 2018’s lambing percentage was 100.2%, 2019’s lambing average was 101%, and 2020 was 92%. Percentages like this drive profit.
After visual classing, all maiden ewes are fleece tested and fleece weighed. This has occurred since 1997.
Inspections are welcome by contacting Kim, Robyn or Jock Cartwright;
Kim and Robyn – 0427373211
Jock – 0409715008