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Merino Lifetime Productivity

AWI and the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation (AMSEA) have teamed up with five sire evaluation sites to deliver the Merino Lifetime Productivity (MLP) Project between 2015-25.

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 $8 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.

Upcoming Events

FINAL New England MLP Field Day (2017 and 2018 Drop Progeny on Display), Uralla, NSW
Date: Wednesday May 29, 2024
Contact: Todd Whillock 0427 740 283

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New England “Online Field Day”

This online field day includes video visual inspections of the MLP ewes, video presentations of the site and results, plus a suite of associated New England Add-On projects and MLP highlights.

Visit the New England online Field Day Site and videos of all the 2017 and 2018 Drop sire progeny here

Click here to view the associated Webinar.

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MerinoLink Results Webinar and Results Website

The MerinoLink site hosted a webinar via the SheepConnectNSW platform and recordings of these along with latest results and helpful videos can be found at this dedicated webpage:

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Macquarie Results Webinar and Results Website

The Macquarie site hosted a webinar via the SheepConnectNSW platform and recordings of these along with latest results and helpful videos can be found at this dedicated webpage:

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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?

Gaining genetic ground with an MLP milestone

The Merino Lifetime Productivity (MLP) Project has reached its halfway mark, so what does that mean for the commercial and stud breeders of Australia’s wool industry?

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Download MLP Reports

MLP Reports including raw data, adjusted sire means, breeding values and indexes are produced annually for each site. They can be downloaded from the Merino Superior Sires website.

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Download the Project Brochure

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

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Download the Analysis and Reporting Plan Version 2

Read the MLP Analysis and Reporting Plan. Feedback welcome to Geoff.Lindon@wool.com


 
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MLP Sites, Sires and More Information

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

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Merino Lifetime Productivity Project Update

Four years into the ten-year long MLP Project, the industry experts from the MLP Industry Steering Committee share the successes of the project so far and the outcomes the industry hopes to see in the future.

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Associated MLP “Add On” Projects

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)

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