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The 2008 Wellington Sale Rams

Mumblebone - Merino Stud

Lot Tag Mic SD CV CF Age Sire/Syn Weight Horn/Poll
21 7751 18.5 2.8 15.3 100 18 141 97 Horn
22 7439 16.6 2.7 16.1 100 14 L 16 90 Poll
23 7509 19.1 3.0 15.8 99.9 14 WP 27 74 Poll
24 7549 18.5 2.9 15.7 99.8 14 WP 27 81 1/2 poll
25 7993 16.4 2.8 16.8 100 14 Stud syn 70 Horn
26 7483 19.5 3.0 15.5 99.8 14 WP 27 80 Poll
27 7406 16.3 2.4 14.9 100 14 L 16 71 Poll
28 7551 18.7 2.7 14.2 100 14 4130 72 Horn
29 7315 16.9 2.7 16.2 100 14 Stud syn 83 Horn
30 7831 17.6 2.9 16.4 99.9 14 Stud syn 83 Horn
31 7835 18.1 3.0 16.4 99.9 14 Stud syn 80 Horn
32 7389 17.0 2.8 16.2 100 14 Stud syn 75 Horn
33 7709 15.6 2.5 16.0 100 14 141 80 Horn
34 7462 16.8 2.9 17.1 100 14 L 16 77 Poll
35 7418 15.9 2.8 17.7 100 14 L 16 73 Poll
36 7452 18.2 3.0 16.5 100 14 L 16 80 Poll
37 7502 18.7 3.4 18.1 99.9 14 WP 27 70 1/2 Poll
38 7446 16.5 2.6 15.8 100 14 L 16 81 Poll
39 7769 17.9 3.2 17.7 99.8 18 141 90 Horn
40 7763 19.6 3.3 16.7 99.7 18 141 100 Horn

Breeding aim:
“To produce large framed, heavy cutting, wrinkle free merinos that do not need to be mulesed.”

Mumblebone produces 600 ram lambs each year. Of these, the tops are kept for use in the stud. The next best are offered in:

 The Wellington Ram Sale on Saturday 11th October 2008.
 
The balance are graded and offered on farm after 
The Wellington Ram Sale @ $500 & $600.

 

Grading the young rams with Andy Structure:
“There’s no such thing as a good little sheep” Andy Mcleod. Structure ensures the Mumblebone sheep can meet the challenges of living and breeding in the vast pastoral areas of Australia. “A fleece, regardless of quality, is of little value when picked up off a pile of bones on the plain.”
   
David Pickette bought the $3000 equal top price ram at the 2003 Mumblebone on property ram sale

The Skin:
The skin on all Mumblebone rams must be soft, smooth and wrinkle free. Removing the wrinkle from the skin also removes the need to mules. Wrinkle free sheep do not need the chemical inputs to protect the wool from flystrike making them an easier care animal. Plain bodied, wrinkle free animals are also predisposed to higher levels of fertility.

The Wool:
The wool on all Mumblebone rams must be long, white, well aligned and deeply crimped. These are important traits that ensure the Mumblebone wool will stand up in higher rainfall areas and maintain its quality and quantity throughout the life of the sheep.
 

   

'263' has soft, bright, crimpy wool

Early Maturity:
At Mumblebone, early maturity is selected for by using stud sires with a yearling weight ASBV of +6 or better. Early maturity is important for lamb survival & growth rate. By having more lambs that grow more quickly the job of marketing of these animals becomes easier & more profitable.

Scrotal Circumference:
Larger testicles increase the serving capacity of a ram. Great importance is placed on this trait at Mumblebone as serving capacity means higher fertility. This is a highly heritable trait that when passed onto the ewe, produces more fertile ewes that rear more lambs.

   

Semen from '263' was used for his outstanding structure & growth rate

Temperament:
Mumblebone rams have a very quiet temperament. Rams that are not easily spooked will cover more ewes, be less likely to fight & less likely to break a leg jumping a fence. It is equally important for the ewe to have a calm temperament. A ewe that is easily frightened away from its lamb is of little use in a breeding program. Calm ewes are also more likely to conceive.

Future Plans:
Mumblebone is known for its depth of merino rams. To add to this program, a poll sire was introduced in 2003. "263" was one of the industry leading sires for yearling weight and came with very soft, white, well aligned wool. The poll breeding program has since developed and Mumblebone is now able to offer poll rams that have the poll gene from both the sire and the dam.

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