Benchmarking the genetic potential of sheep flocks on Eyre Peninsula


Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Mark Klante (SARDI)
Roy Latta (SARDI)
Darryl Smith (SARDI)
Year(s) 2010
Contributor SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Trial location(s) Minnipa, SA
Benchmarking the genetic potential of sheep flocks on Eyre Peninsula locations

To include the Minnipa flock within the program to help:

  • educate ram buyers of the merits of ASBVs so they seek out, and buy rams from, breeders that are members of Sheep Genetics “LAMPLAN” or “MERINOSELECT”.
  • encourage more breeders to become members of Sheep Genetics “LAMPLAN” or “MERINOSELECT” and to offer ASBVs on sale rams.
  • encourage more breeders to use ASBVs when buying stud sires or semen.
Key messages
  • The Minnipa self replacing merino flock is being included in the national “Sheep Genetics” database with the aim to provide Eyre Peninsula sheep producers with a benchmark to judge their flock performance at a national level.
Lead research organisation SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Host research organisation N/A
Related program Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems

Trent Brace for his livestock management support and MAC staff Brett, Naomi and Linden for support in the shed and sheep

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type No crop specified
Treatment type(s)
  • Grazing
Trial type Article/commentary
Trial design Not applicable

Minnipa 2010

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Minnipa, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Minnipa, SA Calcarosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Minnipa SA
2010 385.3mm
2009 391.3mm
2008 330.4mm
2007 331.2mm
2006 334.5mm
2005 288.0mm
2004 296.1mm
2003 293.2mm
2002 283.3mm
2001 343.9mm
2000 389.0mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Minnipa SA


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial report and links

2010 trial report

Trial last modified: 03-09-2019 14:25pm AEST