Dates for 2019
July 19th - 21st - Displaying at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo
August 4th - 6th - Displaying and Selling a Pen of 5 Rams at the Hamilton Sheepvention, Hamilton
August 23rd - Displaying and the inaugural Victorian Marnoo Merino Field Day, Marnoo Cricket Ground
September 6th - Annual On-Property Sale, Joel Joel
Who are we?
Forest Springs Merino Stud is located at Joel Joel, 8 kms west of Landsborough and 28kms east of Stawell, and 50 kms southeast of Marnoo in a 450 - 500mm rainfall environment. Our sheep are run under commercial conditions on various soil types ranging from grey clays, red loams to the lighter foothills of the Pyrenees Ranges, producing a sheep able to thrive in a variety of climates.
Breeding objectiveAn extensive AI program has been undertaken in the past 7 years using Glenlea Park, Wallaloo Park, Ridgway, Willandra, Gunallo ( semen share purchased in Gun 007,sold for $30000 at Classings Classic 2015 ) and Hynam Poll genetics and to fast track our genetic gain .
Additional sires have been purchased from Roemahkita and Kamarooka Park Poll in recent years. We are producing a robust, good doing sheep that has the ability to grow a heavy cutting, bold crimping, richly nourished wools while maintaining an excellent carcase and highly fertile sheep, able to thrive in any environment and any seasonal conditions.
Always innovatingCompletion of a Lifetime Ewe Management course and the implementation of EID to enable us to use pedigree matchmaker to mother up all of our top ewes so as to identify our best performing ewes are other tools we are using to take our sheep to another level.
We are excited for great things to come with the arrival of our new sire 850 (pic below) from Mumblebone Merino Stud all the way from Wellington NSW. 850 is one of their proven “wool” sires with a very advanced wool, great structure & carcass attributes. He is a standout performer in the Balmoral Sire Evaluation having the highest number of “tops” and the fewest number of “culls”. He also leads the trial for WWT, PWT, FDCV, feet and legs as well as having the lowest body wrinkle. Having a bare breech, this sire is an excellent way for flocks to breed away from the need to mules.
Snapshot * Mature ewes lambing 105%
* Ewe lambs joined at 9 months of age 65% lamb marked
* Wether lambs averaging 23.5 kgs dressed @ 10 months old
* Average wool cut across all mature ewes 7.5kgs
* Average micron 19.5 6 month wool cut off yearling rams averaged 6.3kgs