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Nominations are being accepted by the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association (AMSEA) for the 2016 joinings of the AWI / AMSEA Merino Lifetime Productivity Project.
The AWI / AMSEA Merino Lifetime Productivity Project is designed to leverage current sire evaluation trials run at several sites across Australia to collect a wide range of lifetime productivity traits, including fleece and reproduction. As such, by nominating a sire in the AWI / AMSEA Merino Lifetime Productivity Project, you are also nominating a sire in the standard sire evaluation trial.
Whilst the cost of the AWI / AMSEA Merino Lifetime Productivity Project is funded by AWI, the entry fee for the standard sire evaluation trial will still apply. Depending on the trial location, standard entry fees range from $2500 to $3000 per entry.
As an entrant in the AWI / AMSEA Merino Lifetime Productivity Project, you will be provided with the full range of results that AMSEA publishes, including within site breeding values as well as ASBVs. Regular field days will also be held at the sites in order for you to inspect sire progeny and receive updates on the progress of the project.
92 doses of semen will be required for the project. Doses in addition to what would be normally required for the sire evaluation trial (between 50 and 60) will be purchased at $10 per dose excluding GST. The payment will be made in the form of a reduced entry fee that is charged by the site to the entrant.
There will be a limited number of spaces available for fully funded entrants that meet certain selection criteria and will be designed to enhance the genetic diversity of the trial.
How to nominate a sire
Follow this link to the Merino Superior Sires website to download the Nomination Form. Complete and return it to AMSEA by the closing date of 20 November 2015. Once nominations are closed, sires will be allocated to each site based on a number of selection criteria including genetic diversity and linkage.
Owners of nominated sires will be contacted by AMSEA in early December to inform whether their nomination has been successful and to arrange semen delivery for those sires that will be joined in 2016.
Owners of successful sires will be asked to complete an AMSEA Sire Entry form as well an Entrant Agreement prior to the entry being finalised.
Owners are able to nominate up to 3 sires.
Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association (AMSEA)
M: 0427 100 542
T: 02 6743 2306
F: 02 6743 2307