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Anderson Rams

Poll Merino

Anderson Rams genetics are gaining recognition around Australia and overseas for their superior carcass traits and worm resistance without compromising wool cut and quality.

Our breeding values have a high degree of accuracy because of all the data we have been collecting on our animals for decades, and our genetic merit is also benchmarked against other bloodlines in Sire Evaluations around Australia.

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The most worm resistant stud merino flock in Australia

Worm Resistant AND highly productive

URUGUAY SIRE EVALUATION

ANDERSON - 120096, 120289, 120278 were compared with 9 other sires from Talitas, a leading local stud, in two locations in Uruguay where the rainfall in the progeny’s first year was a whopping 1997mm.

Progeny were assessed for visual and production traits. Of particular interest was wool quality, fleece weights and absence of fleece rot to see how our genetics would stand up in a much wetter environment.

Click here for a summary of the report by Dr Raul Ponzoni that notes the two best scoring progeny groups for wool quality were Anderson.

ANDERSON 140474

In the latest results from the 2017 drop Pingelly Merino Lifetime Productivity Trial, the progeny of 140474 have by far the best Flock breeding values for eye muscle and fat, as well as being trait leaders for post weaning weight, staple length, Dual Purpose Plus index, and visual scores of breech cover, and leg structure. They were also leaders for wool colour and weathering. In the data adjusted for Sire Means (i.e. adjusted for birth and rear type, age of dam etc), 140474 had the highest score for post weaning clean fleece weight.

ANDERSON 110330

In the results from the 2015 drop Yardstick Sire Evaluation at Pingelly, WA, ANDERSON-110330 was the highest performing sire using the Dual Purpose plus, Merino Production Plus, and Wool Production Plus indexes. He was a trait leader for weaning weight, post weaning weight, yearling weight, eye muscle, and staple strength, with a great wool cut.

In this graph below of the sires compared at Yardstick 2015, ANDERSON 110330 is number 2

110330 flc wt BW sire eval
110330 visual and measured sire eval

ANDERSON 120096

The 2017 drop Balmoral Sire Evaluation is interesting for all the wrong reasons.

An extreme weather event and a worm outbreak resulted in the death of 41% of the whole mob.

The losses of ANDERSON 120096 ‘s progeny at 12% were by far the lowest of all the studs, with the worst loss being 68%. 

If applied to a mob of 1000 weaners, the difference in losses between the  bloodlines with the worst and best survival rates would be 560 sheep.

As terrible as it is, it really puts a value on fat and worm resistance and their importance in lamb/weaner survival. There may also be an as-yet unknown  factor that limited the losses of Anderson progeny-  developed and refined by decades of breeding for robustness and resilience.

 

2017 trial – breakdown of sheep numbers as at June 2018

Sire

No Progeny at Tagging

Present at Stocktake

Total Loss

ANDER 120096

43

38

12%

CENTPLUS 407445

28

22

21%

CONN 150024

38

19

50%

HAZ 4030

38

22

42%

KERIN 151911

37

19

49%

KW 150583

35

18

49%

LACH 150280

41

13

68%

MERTECH 122041

33

21

36%

MOOR NE073

30

16

47%

MUMBLE 130850

44

32

27%

MUMBLE 151723

40

23

43%

NERSTANE 140053

29

17

41%

RIDGWAY 140721

47

25

47%

TMD WYA037

37

17

54%

TUCKWOOD 131026

43

18

58%

TUCKWOOD 141025

25

20

20%

TURKEY 150077

46

31

33%

WALLALOO 140261

48

35

27%

WOODY 140149

32

20

38%

YID 154995

23

11

52%

Grand Total

737

437

41%

ANDERSON 120096 in the  2016 drop New England Sire Evaluation was not only best for worm egg count (unsurprising given he is the most worm resistant sheep listed  in Merinoselect), but also trait leader for clean fleece weight, yearling weight, eye muscle, fat, staple length, dual purpose plus index and wool plus index, as well as having a very plain body and the lowest percentage of culls at yearling age.

 

ANDERSON-120103 performed very well in the 2014 Balmoral Sire Evaluation near Hamilton in Victoria. He was specifically requested by the Balmoral site committee because of his extreme eye muscle and fat, to see how well he would pass those traits on to his lambs. The progeny attracted a lot of interest at the April field day and proved that his traits are highly heritable with a very visible difference in carcass attributes.

       120103 rear1                 inspecting_Anderson_120103_progeny

His progeny were impressive when viewed at 8 months old, and at hogget age were trait leaders for balmoral table

  • Weaning weight
  • Post weaning weight
  • Yearling weight
  • Eye Muscle
  • Fat
  • Worm resistance
  • Percentage of tops and culls
  • Conformation traits
  • Breech Wrinkle (plainness), bare area
  • Absence of dags
  • Absence of fleece rot

Along with this they maintained well nourished soft white wool.

Keep an eye out for further results of ANDERSON-140474 in the Lifetime Productivity Trial, WA

ANDERSON-140474 in the Central Progeny Test Sire Evaluation in New Zealand 2018

 ANDERSON-150266 in Macquarie MLP and Balmoral 2018

ANDERSON- 160390 in South Australia

 ANDERSON-170660 in Balmoral 2019 and Yardstick 2019

ANDERSON-170390 in North East Vic 2019

ANDERSON - 160729 in CTP New Zealand 2019

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