Hill Padua MPM Newsletter 25th July, 2013

Well here we are again halfway through the year. Our Ewes came through the summer O.K but feed after a light year in 2012 meant we had Ewes on lick feeders as they came off the light stubbles. The Rams with the help of Old Man Saltbush a lick feeder seem to do O.K even though the paddock feed was in short supply.

We started the summer with about 700 Ram Lambs and slowly drifted the surplus ones off to Walsh’s and Fletchers as they reached the required weight. Walsh’s get the 18kg – 24kg dressed weight and Fletches got some that are 30kg + dressed we had 6 lambs dress 35kg+. We now have 330 that will be sorted out over the next couple of Months. The Rams have been Shorn, Fleece and Body Weighted. Ram with tag #1 is showing some promise as an A.I Ram with figures over 5 kg Wool 6 months Shearing, Eye Muscle 40mm Genetic Fat of 7mm and Body weight of 83 kg, but we will not know until we get the results of the ASBVS. Micron will be measured closer to Sale Day. We could take Summer Wool Growth like some studs but we think winter Wool Growth is a bit fairer. There were 35 Rams that cut over 5kg of Wool.

A.I last December we decided to only do one day of 400 ewes instead of our usual 2 Days of 800 Ewes. It’s a measure we took to reduce cost as A.I is quite expensive. With the use of Single Sire mob’s we don’t think we will lose very much. The mob David put tags in at 2 weeks of age was 100 Ewes and 104 Lambs. A.I day went off really good with the use of our shearing contractor Mike Henderson’s guy’s that did the heavy work. Our mating period of barely 6 weeks makes for a tidy lamb drop.

The Scanning of our Ewes took place on the 21st March and out of 3049 ewes we found 133 empty (dries), which was very similar to last year. With the comment probable half the Ewes in lamb have twins, much the same as last year so we can expect about 120% lambing again this year.

We managed to sell about 1600 Wether lambs and some Ewe lambs to Walsh’s, 1ST mob of 370 went away in January averaged $81.00 the last few drafts that went averaged $90.00.

Just before shearing we did a worm count on the Ewes and results were very low, recommendation was that we did not need to drench this year so our worm resistance may be getting there. The shearing of the Ewes was April 9th at about 6 Months with Wool length ranging from 68 -77mm, the hoggets were about 9 months with wool length of 87- 97 We had four lines of wool that had NKT ranged from 48-55

RAM SALE DAY IS 23/9/2013 with Private Selection after the Sale. We will have a few Ewes and Rams at Mingenew Expo. We are sponsoring the Quick Shears again this year and will probably provide the wether lambs for that unless Mike Henderson can get another supplier closer.

We have decided to Support the local Primaries agent that lives in Three Springs to do the organizing of the Auction of our Ram Sale this year. Primaries will be the main agent for the Sale on the Monday 23rd September which is the Monday after Mingenew Expo.

We have now marked our lambs with 3154 Ewes had 3810 Lambs making a 120.89 lambing percentage, if we add the dry Ewes to the tally we still get a very good percentage.

LAMBING % IS THE BIGGEST PROFIT DRIVE

Cheers from all at Hill Padua (Pad-ewe-a)

Anthony 0427541155

Adam 0427541152

David 0437541164

Hill Padua MPM Newsletter 8th May, 2012

We hope that everyone enjoyed the festive break and had a chance to recharge the batteries. Geraldine and I were able to go on our long awaited tag along tour to the Kimberley and right to the tip at Cape York. In the Kimberley’s we boarded a boat cruise on the Odyssey from the Mitchell Plateau to Broome, which we thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend. Well we are once again charging through the year, at last 2011 turned out to be the best season ever, no hand feeding required like the previous five years. The lick feeders have had a rest, but will commence again for the ewes in the last few weeks of their pregnancy.The AI program went well, with Thanks to Mike Henderson’s shearing team who did most of the heavy work. A mob of 801 ewes were AI over the two days, with approximately 350 receiving our own sire’s semen. Leaving 450 sourced from outside Rams possessing outstanding ASBV traits for meat and wool. We have mated 3109 ewes this year which should produce over 3500 lambs with approximately over 1700 ewe lambs to select from.1000 of these maiden ewes will join our existing flock that leaving 700 for sale. The bottom 250 will go to the abattoirs with about 400 plus being available for graziers to start the MPM system of easy care fertile merinos.Last year we shore our ewes in April and October. Resulting in pleasing figures,

74 mm in length and up to 54 newtons for April and finishing with October‘s shearing producing 72mm in length with mid 40 newtons. So our girls produced 146mm wool in a 14 month period having a 118% lambs.

The average Micron was 19.4 so to those of you that haven’t started this system it is achievable with some sound advice and some TLC.

We scanned 3088 ewes on the 22nd of March with pleasing results, 95.6% in lamb (137 ewes were empty). Twins were not counted, but Steve (the scanner) suggested the ewes were carrying about 60% twins. If this is true going by those figures we may have approximately 4900 foetuses – 4000 lambs from 3000 ewes will be a good result, considering 1/3 of these ewes are maidens.

Poll Ram no. 343 was very successful, mating 115 ewes by himself. This single sired mob originally consisted of 118 ewes, which two unfortunately died and one was empty, outstanding job by this Ram.

Last year’s Hill Padua MPM Ram Sale was another success, with 84 Rams averaging a touch over $1100.00. Another 63 were sold as private selection with the last of them leaving in January.

We have been through our ram lambs twice and drafted the first 250 culls. We now have 435 Rams in the mob, this drop were sired by rams of a high standard all from our own flock.

We have been battling to find good poll Rams and have searched Australia over the last couple of years, without a lot of success. The polls we have used entail good skin and shape, resulting in big plain bodied Merino, and the first draft will be of exceptional quality.

Our Hill Padua Ram Sale will be held on the 24th September, 2012 the following Monday after the Mingenew Expo taking place on the 20th and 21st of September, 2012.

We look forward to seeing you all in the coming year and wish your season to be a happy and prosperous one.

Multi Purpose Merinos – Wool Meat Fertility

Remember:

Fertility is the BIGGEST Profit Driver !!!

Hill Padua MPM Newsletter 26th June, 2011

What a good start the northern Ag region has had this year. We’ve had almost the same amount of rain since the 16th of May than we received for all of last year. There are some parts of the state still looking for the break, with a bit of luck that might happen this week for them.

December 22nd and 23rd saw our annual AI program carried out, with over 800 Ewes mated to 4 rams. Without fail, these two days were once again very warm with the fans in the shed working overtime and buckets of sweat lost by most people.

The ewes where scanned on the 24th of March with the AI Group showing 90% success, and the paddock mated up to 97%.

It has been a hard summer for feed with the stubbles running out very quickly and not much grass on offer. Due to this we purchased some more Moylan feeders, with the Lick feeder inserts and had them in the paddock with a mix of lupins and oats. This worked very well with very minimal loss on the ground, although the kangaroos soon caught on. The ewes worked their own feed rate out with most mobs averaging there 300 to 350 grams per head per day. This was enough to keep the ewes in good condition right through to lambing on the 18th of May, when the feed just started to germinate. The lambs have grown well, with lots of twins on the ground so far. Next week lamb marking will commence, just before they get to big.

The weather lambs have had the same feeder, but without the lick feeder insert, with small mobs being turned off regularly since mid February. Prices have held firm all summer with 42/44Kg live weight averaging $130/head +.

The young rams have all so grown well with muscle scanning measuring in excess of 30mm on the 1st of April. They were also shorn and fleece weighted on the 29th April with weights pushing past 5.2kg, length out to 65mm and micron averaging 17.2 for the 6 months.

The main ewe shearing has been brought forward this year from September to the 11th to 13th of April. For the 6 and ½ months the length was from 69 to 75 mm, yielding 59 to 62.6 %, Strength 40 to 54 n/k, and micron from 19 to 20.7. Not bad for a summer shearing.

 

On June 10th Ken Duxson classed the orange tag ewes into their breeding groups, which were shorn last week. There are approximately 300 of these surplus, which are now for sale.

Last year’s ram sale went off well, producing a good turn out and only having a few minor hiccups. This year’s ram auction will be held on the 26th of September, a week after Mingenew Expo following similar format as last years. We look forward to the same success and an even bigger crowd.

Anthony and Geraldine left on the 23rd of May to Jet set around the globe with a trip to Canada, via America including Las Vagas then on to London and Singapore on the way home. Sounds like they had a great time with lots of photos on show when they got home on the 5th of June. It was a busy 10 days home to put the camper on the ute, in-between Kens classing, to make it to Broome to join the tag a long group for a tour of the Kimberley.

We will have a tent again at Mingenew Expo, so call in and have a chat and a look around. Hope everyone’s season turns out with plenty of rain throughout the state between now and then.

Cheers for now from the Hill Padua MPM team.

Anthony 0427541155 Adam 0427541152 David 0437541164