FINE CLIP: Central Victorian woolgrower Stuart McLelland is at home among the fleeces at the Ovens Valley Wether Trials. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORGAFTER three years, just $1.10 was the difference in overall wool plus bodyweight price averages between first and second at theOvens Valley Wether Trial.
WINNER ARE GRINNERS: The Rock Merino breeder Darren Bahr has won the three-year Ovens Valley Wether Trial, which wrapped up at Everton this week.
When the three-year wool group average was combined with total live weight value,Colin, Graham and DarrenBahr, The Rock, had an overall value of $356.10.
Second was Dylan, Ryan, Nathan and Josh McLellend, Archdale north-west of Maryborough, with an overall value of $355.00.The trial, run by Elders in conjunction withthe Everton Best Wool Group, ended on Tuesday.
Winning farmer Darren Bahr, The Rock, was unable toattend the final day because he was still cropping.
“It’s good to see how they perform against everyone else’s sheep in the same conditions,” Mr Bahr said.
“Some people might be lightly stocked or heavily stocked at home but their sheep on their home farm are totally different to how they look in this trial under the same conditions…Comparing micron to fleece weight and body weight and what things you might have to work on.”
Organiser Rex Bennett, North East wool manager forElders, said the trials were a good way for producers to share information and compare their flock with others.
Thirty-five teams of five 2012 drop merino wethers entered this trial, which began in mid 2013.They ran as a single flock.The wethershad their first shearing in May 2014 and each year the fleece was assessed and valued.
The collated information was sent to those in the trial to compare after each shearing.
3-year Wool Group average combined total plus Live weight value:CJ & CR & DW Bahr, The Rock, NSW 1;D,R, N & J McLellend, Archdale, Vic 2;J & R Dawson, Canowindra, NSW 3.2016 shearing results: Highest value wool team:Peter, Sharon and Matthew Hurse,Carisbrook, Vic, Ave Value $97.60 1;Dylan, Ryan, Nathan andJosh McLellend,Archdale,Vic, $96.50 2;John andRosemary Humbert,Calivil, Vic, $94.733.Most valuable fleece:Peter, Sharon and Matthew Hurse of Carisbrook, Vic (Sheep # 39 Micron 22.7, Yield 77.3%, Greasy Fleece Weight 10.43kg, Total wool weight 12.18kg, Clean Price 1272c/kg, Greasy Price 983c/kg, Total wool Value $115.00)Heaviest Sheep (Wool & Body weight combined):Fowles Farm P/L, Creighton’s Creek, Vic, (Sheep # 35, Wool weight 8.11kg, Body weight 86.39kg, Total Weight 94.5kg)This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.