2017 Australian Merino All Purpose Championship
Eyre Peninsula stud, Roemahkita has taken out one of the most coveted Merino classes at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show in Bendigo, Vic, July 2017, with a productive fine-medium wool ram with a thumping carcase.
Joe and Tracey Dahlitz’s 17.9 micron two tooth – Roemahkita 160018- scored 84.4 points out of a possible 100, to win the Australian Merino All Purpose championship from more than 80 entries.
The March shorn class – which has been running for more than a decade – is judged on wool and meat measurements plus visual appraisal by two judges.
Mr Dahlitz was “over the moon” to win the dual purpose class with the AI bred son of Kamora Park 333, after being a placegetter in the class in several other years.
“This class is one of the best ones to win – it is not just one judge’s opinion with all the figures coming into it.”
Roemahkita 160018 had been a stand out from a young age and was one of the heaviest rams in the all purpose section at 121.5 kilograms.
It had an eye muscle depth of 43mm and 8mm fat depth.
“It has such purity of head and muzzle with great bone and depth of body and medium crimpy white wool,” Mr Dahlitz said.
Roemahkita has collected semen for in flock use but will offer the two tooth ram at the Adelaide Merino ram sale in September.
Meat judge Ben Simmons, Dunedoo, NSW, said both the champion and reserve were “nearly structurally faultless” but the champion rose to the top with its “exceptional width through loin, butt shape and width through the twist”.
“It has a really good skin too,” Mr Simmons said.
WA based wool judge Ray Lewis, Lewisdale stud, Wickepin, said Roemahkita 160018 epitomised the “modern Merino” with a large eye muscle depth and loin but also plenty of free growing wool.
“The meat game in the Merino industry is worth more than half the income – two lambs are worth a couple of hundred dollars but a fleece of wool is worth $50-$60 so we have to breed sheep with high fertility and these are the type of sheep we need to be breeding,” he said.
“We get paid by the kilogram for both meat and wool.”
Mr Lewis said Merino breeders needed to focus on breeding plainer bodied, early maturing sheep and lift weaning percentages.
“We will probably go back 3 to 4 million sheep this year in Australia which will be bad for the Merino industry but with both meat and wool like these they are still the most profitable breed getting around.”
Three of the top four finalists were SA owned rams but the reserve champion was a 20.4 micron strong wool from NSW Riverina stud, Poll Boonoke. The 112.5 kilogram ram scored 83.3 points.
From Stock Journal, Stock and Land, by Catherine Miller
Three Years Out of Four!
Roemahkita win SA Ram Lamb Competition 2011, 2012 & 2014!
The Inaugural Ramsey Bros All Purpose Pair of Ramb Lambs competition first place, Roemahkita, with 2 outstanding WP Maximus sons, 07 and 23.
(pictured left) In front of the Case IH "Scout". John Daniell, Joe Dahlitz, Eddie Ward, Tracey Dahlitz and Linc Ramsey, at SA Field Days, Burra Oval March 22 2011.
(pictured right) Gary West, with 1109, Linc Ramsey, Ramsey Bros Manager Saddleworth, Joe Dahlitz with 1031, Burra March 20 2012.
WINNERS AT WUDINNA EP HOGGET OF THE YEAR
140033 - Winner of the Eyre Peninsula Hogget Competition.
Sire: C 120102 Dam: R100894
Micron: 20.2 CV: 17.9 SD: 3.6 CF%: 99.4 HWT: 103 kgs
L to R - David Coventry, Pringles Ag Plus Wudinna, Colin McCrabb, Avendel, NSW (Judge), Tony Weatherall, Elders Stud Stock, Chris Prime, EP Breeders President, Tracey and Joe Dahlitz, with the major prize JD D100 ride on mower!