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Merino Lifetime Productivity

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New England MLP Field Day (2017 and 2018 Drop Progeny on Display), New England Highway, Armidale, NSW
Date: Thursday 20 June, 2019
Contact: Jen Smith 0411 825 748
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Macquarie MLP Field Day (2018 Progeny on Display), Trangie, NSW
Date: Wednesday 10 July, 2019
Contact: Kathryn Egerton Warburton 0429 943 708

Pingelly MLP Field Day (2017 and 2018 Drop Progeny on Display), UWA “Ridgefield”, Pingelly, WA. 
Date: Friday 25 October, 2019
Contact: Bronwyn Clarke, 0418 957 293

 

AWI and the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association (AMSEA) have teamed up with five sire evaluation sites, site hosts and nominating stud breeders to deliver the Merino Lifetime Productivity Project (MLP). The project will receive $7 million dollars in funding from AWI over ten years from 2015, along with $5 million in support from project partners.

The 10-year project is designed to capture lifetime data across diverse environments and Merino types to help better understand and deliver Merino ewe lifetime performance outcomes for the Australian Merino industry.

The project is an opportunity to answer many of the industry’s questions in relation to selection and ewe lifetime performance, such as:

  • Is it possible to select for lifetime productivity at a young age using raw data, breeding values, genomically enhanced breeding values, visual classing or a combination of industry approaches?
  • What is the impact of selecting for wool, growth, reproduction, welfare and carcase traits on the productivity of Merino ewes over their lifetime?
  • Why do some animals perform year in and year out, while others fade over time?
  • Are there new ways to better predict superior lifetime performance?

 

Further Information

 

Visit the Merino Lifetime Productivity Project website to find out more about the project’s aims, evaluation sites, the sires and ewes involved and to access project reports.

Read more on the list of MLP Add-On Projects
(Add-on projects use the core MLP sheep for additional R&D but are separate to the core purpose of the MLP)

 

 

Read more about the Merino Lifetime Productivity Project in the MLP brochure (PDF 696 KB)

 

 

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MLP Project Reports:

merinosuperiorsires.com.au/mlp-project-reports

Site Reports: