Turkey Lane Merinos stud pleased with annual sale

SALE CHAT: John Symons from Turkey Lane Merinos chats to spinner Emma Brien from the new Kangaroo Island Wool mill venture before the sale. Photo supplied
SALE CHAT: John Symons from Turkey Lane Merinos chats to spinner Emma Brien from the new Kangaroo Island Wool mill venture before the sale. Photo supplied

The crew at Turkey Lane Merinos was very pleased with the results of their annual ram sale on Monday, Nov. 15.

Although only 40 rams were presented, repeat buyers from the mainland, along with the continued support from local interest, saw some healthy bidding competition.

Top priced ram from the sale reached $4000, with an average of $1945 for the 33 sold.

Turkey Lane breeding objectives to increase wool cut, while putting downward pressure on micron, was rewarded on the day with buyers bidding strongly for these rams.

"We are diligent in collecting the most valid quality data in order to provide the buyer with the most accurate ASBVs to help select rams that will suit their breeding objective," Hannah Robbins said.

"Finally, we can see light at the end of the tunnel as we now have finished rebuilding all major infrastructure and getting our flock back on track.

"Unfortunately, the fire destroyed two thirds of the stud ewes, which meant we only had 40 rams available for sale this year.

"However, we are pleased that our first attempt at mating ewe lambs has been successful, which will give us an increase of rams available for selection in 2021 of 42 per cent."

The Turkey Lane Merinos sale was the final ram sale for the 2021 season on Kangaroo Island. Berry Partners Deep Dene merino stud held its sale earlier in the month.

Meanwhile efforts continue on the Kangaroo Island Wool mill being proposed at Cygnet River.

Equipment purchased for the milling of wool and creation of woolen garments has now arrived at the Bell's shearing shed.