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Falklands' 4.000 ewes to be AI with Australian Poll Merino

Wednesday, March 11th 2015 - 05:27 UTC
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Australian Poll Merino genetics are being used to drive lamb survival in one of the world’s harshest wool producing environments of the Falkland Islands, reports The Rural, from Australia. Read full article

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  • ilsen

    A great example of international Commonwealth co-opperation.
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    Meanwhile, in other news (see p.94), Cristina said I am 'ewes', if you give me a 'mer[r]ino cloak..
    Obviously taking her style advice from 'ram' (hur-hur!) Elvis...
    And to think that Argentina could have been Australia, giving advice to other nations rather than feeding its stock on soy...

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 05:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @1 ilsen,
    ln 1900, Argentina had the highest living standard in the world.
    People even emigrated from Australia & the UK to Argentina.
    What happened?
    Oh silly me, lt must have been our fault.
    And if they could just “negotiate” the transfer of the Falklands to RGland, why everything would be fantastic & they would go to the highest living standard again.
    Just saw a flying pig.

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 09:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Aussie tuff!

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 10:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    I could have so much fun with this one, lol.

    I just have to say with a Lamb survival rate of 60% you Iletter's need to spend less time in the Port Stanley pub and take care of your livestock. WTF!

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 11:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @4. Meanwhile, no-one with any intelligence wants any argie meat. In latest news, it turns out that argie 'meat' is 25% water, 30% chemicals and 25%artificial hormones. WHO warning: Consuming argie meat could make humans sterile. It is 'feared' that, in the next 50 years, the majority of argies will be sterile. It will also apply to the few remaining 'males'. Is CFK leading the way? Is it actually a transexual?

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 11:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brianF.I

    @4 These are ranches, not farms, of course the lamb survival rate is lower. Some farms have 10's of thousands of sheep spread over a large area, not exactly easy to nurture and care for every single lamb. Please leave your comments to things you understand.

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 11:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    4 Klingon (#)
    Mar 11th, 2015 - 11:02 am

    Really 60% is not bad, considering in the great days of sheep farming in Santa Cruz Estancia El Condor averaged about 40 to 42% and Estancias Gente Grande here in Neuquén averaged around 45 to 48%.

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 12:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brianF.I

    @4 I meant they are technically ranches, but are still referred to as farms. Just thought i would correct myself before you did

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 01:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    7.
    What a waste!! Ewes can suck at doing their jobs sometimes...

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 01:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    7 Simon
    Todays emphasis in sheep farming is different. In the days you mention the main product of sheep was wool and any lamb production over above the needs for replacements to the ewe flock was a minor business and in some cases a nuisance.
    Now its the other way round and the lambs are a valuable asset.In the Fi I read once that scrogs (old sheep) had no market at all and were driven over a cliff to get shot of them though I expect that has changed now
    I dont have 10s of thosands of acres but I did have 6,000 ewes to lamb under range conditions and 60% was not aceptable to me and so I spent a working holiday at lambing time on a Scots hill farm and lambing sometimes in a snowstorm where they were getting 180%
    With what I learnt and applying other techniques I got a lamb marking just over 100% with only one peon and occasional help from other farm staff.
    it was damn hard work usually from 7am till 9pm every day during the season.
    So dont tell me it cant be done.
    Yes I know climatic, predator and pasture conditions in the FI and indeed in Neuquen are different fro Uruguay.
    It would be interesting to find out from Aussie extensive graziers what thier lambing % is and why.

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 05:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    @6 I grew up on a farm and was skinning sheep at 6 years old.
    60% survival rate sucks. I expect it is from lambing starting too early in the Spring.
    I know the lambs seem to be born on the wettest/coldest nights.

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 08:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    Sheep? Pauline prefers Lamas, or if he is visiting Chile, Guanacos.

    Mar 11th, 2015 - 09:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Evil Colonialist Pirate

    How do you jack off a ram?

    Mar 12th, 2015 - 03:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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