Hinenui Genetics Coopworth flock has once again qualified for FE Gold status, along with the RomWorths which have been officially accepted. The Romney flock is only a step away from this status, this season testing at .57mg/kg.
We were very pleased with the scanning results this year, up from last year. The mixed aged Coopworths scanned 218% and the Romneys, 180%.
Brett and Phil attended the two day Beef & Lamb Sheep Breeders forum in Hawkes Bay, this was addressed by leading scientists and professionals in the sheep industry. An intense and informative two days keeping breeders up with the play of the SIL indexes and genomics. Breeders were given an in-depth analysis on how the SIL figures are scientifically compiled.
The forum helps us be better informed on issues you the farmer may have.
Adult size economic weighting was an issue hotly debated by a number of breeders.
Snippets from Beef & Lamb genetics Forum:
‘Genetics deliver dollars’
If you’re a farmer with a 3000-ewe flock and you’ve been buying SIL-recorded rams since 1995, then you have gained about $255,000 via increases in genetic merit.
Phil and Deana travelled down to Invercargill in July to attend the Beef and Lamb Sheep Industry Awards. Hinenui Genetics were one of the three finalists in the Facial Eczema category. This is the third year Hinenui has made the finals.
This event was a grand affair with great Southern hospitality and well attended by a large amount of like-minded advocates of the sheep industry.
Chris Logan, the technical adviser of Coopworth Genetics NZ and lecturer for Lincoln University, hosted our annual conference for 2015. Chris offered an action packed, informative line up of speakers and field trips.
Dr Paul Cheng’s talk on ‘Ewe Efficiency and Feed Conversion’ was of particular interest. Dr Cheng’s trials on Feed Conversion compared high growth index sheep with lower growth index sheep on varying feed intakes. The results showed that with high feed intake the high growth index sheep performed better, but with low feed intake they were outperformed by the lower growth index sheep.
We also witnessed first-hand the effect of the drought in the North Canterbury region. We were quite pleased to return to greener pastures!
Hinenui Genetics once again sponsored the novice section of the J & T Hickey Sheep Dog Trial. First prize went to Samantha Hodgetts, a junior shepherd on Otara Station.
Hinenui Genetics continues to encourage young participants to get involved in the sport.
After last year’s hectic events of three babies and a wedding, 2015 has proved to be business as usual with only one new baby due to arrive on Christmas Day, (very appropriate) thanks to Ryan and Claire down in Gore.
After the very speedy arrival on the way to the hospital, on the 26th of October, Phil was forced to assist with the delivery of a beautiful baby girl outside the Patutahi Golf Course. Ella Lucy Cook arrived safe and well.
On December the 6th, we all took a quick break in our ram selling season to attend the marriage of our youngest son Ryan to Claire Alderton. Gore turned on the sunshine for a change and we were treated to a very special occasion with well renowned Southern hospitality.