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Semen Sires

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Leahcim 182249 (Lucky)

Last September we travelled to Snowtown SA to have a look at the Leahcim on property sale line up.  We have previously used semen from the stud with success and fell in love with lot 13 in their sale, lucky for us.  Such a well balanced ram with fantastic visual and measured traits.  Great bone and shape with a super long staple and bold wool.  This combined with his outstanding ASBVs for growth, fat, and muscle as well as wool cut and staple length .  He is also a trait leader for reducing breech wrinkle and reduces breech cover.  He really ticked all the boxes!!  We purchased him for equal top price in the sale.  We joined him individually in December in our main joining and loved him so much we used him again in March over our ewe lambs.  We have just marked 99 lambs from the December joining from 73 ewes (136%) and already love their shape.  Leahcim retained semen to use themselves and we have semen available for $50 a dose.  Pictured Leahcim 182249  and a picture of his stylish wool on sale day. 





Hannaton "Boss" 180132

Sire Hannaton 16-0261

Dam Hannaton 14-0609

Micron – 20.5 SD - 3.3 CV – 15.3 SF -20.0 Curv – 69 CF – 99.2%  GFW% 142  PWW% 145

Introducing the BOSS! We are very excited about this ram and using him extensively in the stud. Hannaton “Boss” (180132) may be the best combination of phenotype and genotype we have ever produced. With early growth and presence that has made him stand out from weaning. Great structure and bold, white wool. He is in the top 5% of merino select for yearling weight and a trait leader for fleece weight. HE measures in the top 5% for merino production and in the top 1% dual purpose index. While also being positive for fat and muscle and a micron reducer. A true dual purpose sheep!

Hannaton 16-0323 "Matt"

Sire Hannaton 12-0046 "Jet Star" - see on semen sire list below

Dam Hannaton 13-0487 - Dam of Hannaton stud sire 15-0093

Micron – 17.4 SD - 2.6 CV – 14.9 SF -16.2 Curv – 57 CF – 99.8%

A ram we believe is our best ever combination of structure, wool quality and early growth.  We are very excited about using him extensively in our stud and using his mother in our future ET programs.  ASBV's available soon


Hannaton 13-0015 "Chopper"

Sire - Hannaton 11-0011 (Sold for top price in our 2012 Hamilton Sheepvention sale team)

Grandsire - Leachim 438

Micron – 18.6 SD - 2.5 CV – 13.4 SF -17.1 Curv – 67 CF – 100%

Greasy Fleece Weight 123% Yearling Body Weight 132%

Yearling Eye Muscle 42mm  Yearling Fat Depth 7mm

Hannaton "Chopper" is a very exciting semen sire that has attracted more interest than any other ram ever bred at Hannaton. We believe he is the most complete poll with the best pedigree we have ever produced.  His sire was rated by Bill Walker as one of the best rams available at Sheepvention 2014 (see highlights page for Bills comments) and his mother is a special poll stud ewe sired by Willamenup Winston.  He is the complete package for early growth and maturity with his yearling eye muscle 11mm above the 2013 drop average and his yearling body weight of 94kg (32% above the 2013 drop average).  With an excellent long stapled wool on a productive loose skin we belive this ram is the ideal combination for the future of production at Hannaton.  DNA tested as a Double Copy Poll and with his excellent pedigree we expect great breeding results.


Hannaton 12-0046 "Jet Star"

Sire - Hannaton 11-0002

Grandsire - Ridgeway 1137 (sold for $25,000 at Classing Classic 2010)

Micron – 16.6 SD - 2.8 CV – 16.9 SF -15.6 Curv – 41 CF – 100

We believe "Jet Star" has the best wool of any poll sire ever bred at Hannaton.  This stylish, deep crimping wool is white and nourished from the top of his head to the tip of his tail.  A super soft and productive skin is pushing out both fibre density and  staple length.  Identified early as a lamb, "Jet Star" has been retained in the stud and we intend to use him extensively in our polls.  He stands with a deep and very square frame with a proud outlook that makes you notice him every time he walks in the yards.  For such a heavy cutting ram he also has a bare breech and very low breech wrinkle making him a real sire for the future.

Jet Star shows real sire attitudeJet Star's Bare BreechJet Star's nourished, crimpy white wool Jet Star's pure white muzzle and soft skin

Jet Star was naturally mated to 100 top poll ewes in the stud and his lambs are showing the same excellent skins and survivability as their sire.  We have just marked 132 lambs from the 100 ewes mated and the lambs look to be the top of our 2014 drop. Look out for the first sons of Jet Star in our 2015 ram sale!!

After his great success in our breeding program Jet Star was entered in 2016 merino lifetime productivity trial at Harrow - This trial is using 25 rams, with industry link sires and the best genetics from SA, Vic, NSW, Tas and WA.  Jet Star's progeny have the highest percentage of tops at +26% and the second lowest percentage of culls at -6% at the yearling visual classing.