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Merinos winning favour in cropping areas


June 16, 2014

Merino sheep are returning to the cropping areas of the north west Riverina as producers rediscover their profitability.

Greg Roberts, Elders territory livestock manager at West Wyalong, said many young grain growers were turning to a dual purpose Merino to add diversity to their cropping enterprises.

He pointed to a grower who had recently cut down from 2631 to 1619ha of crop, bought 1300 five-year-old Cooinbil-bred Pooginook blood ewes and achieved a 120 per cent lambing.

Mr Roberts was among Elders staff who participated in a client education day at Pooginook earlier in the year.

A career background in livestock research prompted him to organize a Bred Well Fed Well workshop at Ungarie on June 27.

“When people moved out of Merinos into cropping, the knowledge base was lost so it is important to hold these educational days for the young people wanting to get back into sheep,’’ Mr Roberts said.

He is also seeking producers interested in taking part in a Lifetime Ewe Management course in the spring.