09August Testimonials
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We are very happy to see the quality of the wool being produced at Gracemere . The genetic program is paying dividends with the sheep producing a long stapled fleece with tremendous handle and impressive woolcuts. This is allowing them to  shear twice yearly to provide a product that we have offered to the trade with widespread competition and consequently good returns."

Eamon Timms

Technical & Marketing Manager

Foxlillie

 

 

 

 

 

"Gracemere rams have been our ram of choice for over 20 years. We have had continued success in respect to ewe fertility, frame size and impressive wool growth and characteristics.

Along with formidable wool and frame traits in the wether flock, our ewes lambing percentages are consistently well over the 100, even during the years where the flock has been comprised of 1/4 maidens.

We have experimented with other rams from different breeders in this time and have always maintained the value for money from Gracemere merinos as far superior.

We are continually finding the perfect balance of wool growth, fertility and plain-bodied animals along with an excellent on farm classing service".

Piper Family - Violet Town

I have been marking lambs at Gracemere for 9 years and during that time I have been very impressed with the type of sheep that Rick and his family produce. They have very fertile sheep and the ewes are superb mothers (you can ask my guys that pick them up at lambmarking). As a stock contractor I handle alot of sheep throughout the year and of all the sheep we handle, I decided to purchase my own flock from Gracemere. I can highly reccommend Gracemere Merinos.

Travis Scott

Scott Bros Contracting

 
Rams Sales
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RAM SALES 2018

Ram sales are held privately each year by arrangement.

This year we have a good selection of paddock reared rams that are August drop, May shorn and ready to work. They are a plain bodied, dual purpose ram that are mostly polled.

With the current wool and sheep procies where a typical property receives half of their income from wool and half from sheep sales, there is an obvious emphasis on wool cut and fertility. We believe that other selection criteria in the current environment have little influence on overall profitablity.

Recent research has shown how good fat and muscle scores will lift fertility and doing ability - all important features of the modern merino.

Our sale rams are by sires that did well on those scores and we have that data available.

During the last two years we have averaged 95 marking % for an August lambing.

This year only the 1.5 year old ewes were scanned and there was  no supervision of any of the ewes during lambing - if the ewes are well grown and well fed - there shouldn't be any problems

A NO OBLIGATION INSPECTION IS WELCOME AT ANY TIME

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Genetics
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Gracemere is committed to breeding Merino sheep that are a modern dual purpose Merino. They are large framed, plain bodied sheep with good doing ability, producing high lambing percentages, whilst cutting a flock average of 6kgs of 19m wool that is deeply crimped. These deeply crimped wools are deceptive and test finer than they look.

 

The stud was originally founded by Rick's father Geoff in 1970 with the purchase of cfa Special Stud ewes from both Haddon Rig and the dispersal of the Chatsworth House Merino Stud. The breeding aims in 1970 were to breed high producing, good quality medium fine wool sheep with the ability to thrive under relatively difficult grazing conditions for Merino sheep, which are typical throughout South Eastern Australia. Because of the nature of the soils on the sand plain area where Gracemere is situated, it was recognised at the the beginning that this required a special selection emphasis for soft pliable, waxy wools to optimise fleece weights whilst lowering microns.

 

Rick and Jenny feel it is of paramount importance for their sheep to perform well in a commercial environment.

 

Sandy MacKirdy classed for over 30 years retiring in 2010. Together, Rick, Geoff and Sandy have adopted relevant technology and associated measurements  to evaluate and enhance their progress to ensure that there is continous improvement.  Since then Rick does all the classing.

 

In recent years they have used Pooginook genetics to further their aim of producing the "balanced" type of Merino that has the characteristics of fat, muscle, fertility with a fine fleece. This type of sheep has a plain body, with long stapled wool that has a well defined crimp and a good doing ability.

 

In 2017 Rick had the Flock Profile DNA done - This is a new test that records the DNA profile of a flock that show in the ASBV figures, how the flock compares to the National database of all the Merino Studs in Australia for the features of yearling and adult growth rates, fat and muscle scores, wool micron, length and fleece weight. Their samples were taken from the unclassed ewe weaners, so the stud statistics would be considerably higher again.

 
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Gracemere
400 Aitkens Rd
Bengworden 3875
Victoria, Australia

Ph: (03) 5157 7516
Rick Mobile: 0407 777 516
Jenny Mobile: 0427 577 516

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About
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Gracemere Merinos is owned and operated by Rick & Jenny Robertson.007

Rick is a very keen stud merino breeder and strives to breed well structured, fertile sheep with 19m deep crimping wool that performs well in challenging environments.

Rick says "I strongly believe the merino is still the most profitable breed of sheep, because it has multiple income sources. These include the fleece, trade wether lambs and trade crossbreed lambs, plus surplus sheep sales."

Jenny's role is with the financial management of the business and believes it is important to use a farming system that is regenerative - balancing livestock requirements with the grazing system whilst keeping a very close eye on finances and most importantly; the people!

 

 

Rick and Jenny have been practising a wholistic system since the beginning of 2009. They changed from a high input system, because it was not producing the results they were expecting. This was particularly in years of poor rainfall and so to break the cycle of endless feeding out and not knowing when that would end, they decided to embrace a change!  Whilst that change has been challenging, it also has provided new opportunities whilst making them feel in control of their business. 

They now rotationally graze the stock in large mobs through over 75 paddocks for short periods of time, giving the grass plenty of time to recover and grow before the next grazing. By using grazing charts that match stocking rates to rainfall and budgeting out 3 months ahead, it allows for much more responsive management. The only time they do not rotationally graze is whilst lambing down the ewes. 

This system has greatly benefited the performance of their stock by providing an even plane of nutrition all year round. Their animal health costs have reduced by 50% since implementing the carefully managed rotational grazing system, a major benefit being sheep being regularly moved onto clean paddocks and thereby reducing their worm burdens.

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Gracemere 4.19 was a sire that was used extensively during the 2000's that has had a positive impact on their breeding program. They used him particularly for his impressive body and bulky fleece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gracemere Merino rams are available for sale each year by private arrangement and Rick is happy to provide a year round consultancy service to clients.

 

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