We presented our best sale team yet, in an increased offering.
All rams in this sale team were trait leaders in at least 3 key production traits, and the average of the DP+ index values was in the top 3% in Merinoselect.
There were numerous rams with values in the top 1% for post weaning weight, eye muscle, fat, number of lambs weaned, and clean fleece weight. Additionally, all had some degree of worm resistance as we strive to breed a productive yet low maintenance dual-purpose sheep.
Included in the 70 rams offered was a special ram with one copy of the Booroola gene for fertility. A single copy of the Booroola gene increases ovulation rate, on average, by 1.6 ovulations per cycle which typically equates to one extra lamb born.
We also had a ram with a CFW ASBV of 41.4 -which is very close to the highest value recorded in Merinoselect- and is also a trait leader for growth, worm resistance, staple length and scrotal circumference.