Curlew hosts growers for ASBV forum during Sheep Week

Curlew hosts growers for ASBV forum during Sheep Week


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The focus of Sheep Week on day nine was the Curlew Merino Stud in the west Wimmera in Victoria.

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John Sutherland, Dunkeld, with Curlew Merinos co-principal Bernie Kealy.

John Sutherland, Dunkeld, with Curlew Merinos co-principal Bernie Kealy.

Wool producers from across Victoria and south-east South Australia came in droves to attend a forum held at the Kealy family's Curlew Merino stud at Charam, east of Edenhope.

The big crowd came to listen to a presentation from Mark Ferguson, Nextgen Agri, who spoke about the benefits of using Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) in making breeding decisions.

Dr Ferguson, a former Victorian, now based in Christchurch, New Zealand, said the use of ASBVs could help sheep producers make better decisions.

"There is a whole heap of stuff there that is not immediately evident visually but by using ASBVs you can identify key traits."

Curlew co-principal Tony Kealy said ASBVs were an important part of the stud's decision making process.

"We are focusing a lot on traits such as worm resistance, which can help save a lot of money but is not something you can pick up on when choosing rams by eye."

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