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Hazeldean Merinos Riverina Ram Sale 2018

100 Merino & Poll Merino Rams
Rosevale, Hay, NSW



Featuring sons of Hugh 11.3542, Australia's Top Performing Ram






Hazeldean: 02 6453 5555
Richard Cannon: 02 6993 1177
m:0427 931 177
Bea Litchfield:0427 933 103
Jim Litchfield: 0417 676 561

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Dear Clients,

Owing to the added workload due to the drought and to ensure a better selection process we have postponed cataloguing the October sale rams this year until the 1st October. Catalogues for both Hay and Cooma sales will be available on our website on this date and in addition we will email the catalogue to as many clients as possible as well as mailing out hard copies which will also be available on sale day. Please send electronic catalogue requests and enquiries to bea@hazeldean.com.au.

The genetic strength of this years Hazeldean ram drop as compared to industry ASBV average is exciting and unparalleled:  

Hazeldean average for all 2017 Hazeldean sale rams is -1.9  for yearling FD and +22.5 for yearling clean fleeceweight. Industry average for 2017 drop rams is -0.9 for yearling fibre diameter and +12.5 for yearling clean fleeceweight. Hazeldean sheep are clearly way out in front for both fibre fineness and fleeceweight.
In addition to these 2 major profit drivers the body weight of Hazeldean sheep remains lower than industry average meaning maintenance requirements are less. This results in even higher returns when worked out on a per DSE or per hectare basis. It is a staggering result to have these numbers as the average of the 890 rams we are selecting through this year. Most AI sires in the broader industry do not have figures on individual rams that match the average of the Hazeldean flock.

 Although the seasonal conditions in 2018 have been particularly trying we can take great heart in the strength of the wool market which continues to be undersupplied.

We look forward to seeing you on sale day.


Hazeldean offering sons of Hugh – STILL Australia’s top performing ram

Hazeldean Merinos are offering 120 highly productive Merino and Poll Merino Rams at their annual Monaro Ram Sale at Rosevale, Hay on October 11th.

Among the sale team are sons of one of Australia’s best performing rams, Hazeldean Hugh 11.3542,who  remains at the top of Sheep Genetics for MP+ , FP+ and now DP+ indexes and is producing some of the heaviest cutters of low micron wool in the industry. Breeders who have used Hugh as an AI sire or purchased sons are universally impressed with his outstanding production of low micron wool - and plenty of it.

Hugh’s yearling clean fleece weight ASBV is in the top 1% of the industry, more than three times the average wool cut per head, yet his yearling fibre diameter is in the top 5%. He therefore defies the age old belief that cutting plenty of wool means you have to forego fine micron. His MP+ and DP+ indexes are nearly double the industry average and his sons have topped the Hazeldean Ram Sales for the past few years. Hugh is arguably the most productive and profitable sire available in Australia today.

Hugh has reached super sire status at Hazeldean with more than 3000 progeny recorded. His genetic potency is strong with his signature white, large cutting, high value wool traits stamped in all his progeny. Hugh’s

influence has been very beneficial for the genetic progress of the Hazeldean stud and that of others who have used him.

“The past 2 years we have run a large scale AI program in our Hazeldean commercial flock, joining 1000 ewes to Hugh to reap the commercial benefit of this ram with his superior wool traits and correct structure, bred to last the distance in commercial conditions and improve flock profitability.” Says Hazeldean co-principal, Bea Litchfield

Sons of Hazeldean 12.4030 and 14.1012 are among other up and coming standout rams in this year’s sale team with their balanced spread of performance values and impressive wool types.

Hazeldean genetics have proven adaptable to a wide range of environments. Hazeldean ran a pure Hazeldean flock at Hay for 15 years, regularly producing lambing percentages in excess of 90% and ewes cutting 8kgs per year. They also ran Hazeldean sheep in Queensland and South Australia with similar results.

Hazeldean Riverina Sale Rams average ASBV's show far heavier fleeces than the industry average, that are also finer than the average,  and average indexes far above the industry average.

 7% Index explained and Trait Contribution to Profit

Hazeldean Genetic Trends over the last 10 years. Click to view data.

Rams available for private selection following the sale or any other time by appointment. 

For prior Inspection of the rams or any information please don’t hesitate to call Richard Cannon  on 0427931177 or email Richard.

Watch interviews with clients & industry experts about why they use Hazeldean genetics

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The Hazeldean Breeding Policy

The special treatment of small groups through shedding and provision of artificial rations is at odds to the philosophy of the stud. To give accurate and meaningful measurement information, it is necessary to evaluate animals by running them in large contemporary groups under conditions equivalent to those experienced in the world of commercial wool growing.

Hazeldean therefore runs its stud operations along the lines of a commercial wool growing and breeding enterprise.

Hazeldean bases its selection decisions and grading for sale on a measurement system that has been in place for many years. Measurement, when applied with common sense, significantly improves the accuracy of selecting for heritable traits of economic importance such as fleece weight and fibre diameter. 

Hazeldean Flock Health Status

The Hazeldean flock is assessed under the National Johne's Disease Market Assurance Program and holds a status of Monitored Negative 3 Vaccinated ( MN3-V).

The Hazeldean flock is also accredited as Brucellosis free.

Please note
Although Hazeldean employs best practice procedures in livestock husbandry and does it's best to ensure every animal catalogued for sale is free from disease, internal parasites and external parasites it does not guarantee that any sale animal is free of disease, internal parasites or external parasites.

Semen Interests

Hazeldean retains 100% semen interest and marketing rights on all rams sold including if the ram is onsold,  however this does not stop the purchaser from collecting and using semen in their own flock. The rams are sold with full physical ownership to the buyer. If Hazeldean decides to collect and market semen from any ram sold, we will arrange and pay for transport and collection costs, and organise a suitable time to collect the ram.

Earlier Event: September 4
Hazeldean Spring Bull Sale 2018
Later Event: October 25
Hazeldean Merino Monaro Ram Sale 2018