The South Australian Merino Sire Evaluation sites commenced in 2017 and is supported significantly by Merino SA. The aim of the site is to make an important contribution to genetic improvement for Merinos in SA and is the only trial of its kind in the state.
Keyneton Station, Keyneton are hosting the inaugural trial. Keyneton Station is located in the eastern Mount Lofty Ranges and receives an average rainfall of 500mm in a winter dominant pattern. The Keyneton Station ewes are 65-70kg and produce 19-20 micron wool. The ewes mated for the trial are sourced from 2.5 year old age group.
Sheep should be capable of producing a 18-21 micron fleece at 12 months, with at least 4kg of wool from 8 months growth, from an easy-care plain bodied frame. In addition, progeny should be capable of achieving 22-25kg carcass weight at 10-12 months of age. Ewe progeny will be fertile and capable of high natural conception rates when first mated at 18 months.