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Tucker Bag Card – Stock Raising Principles

While shepherds watched their flocks by night

Tucker Bag Card

Tucker Bag Card – Stock Raising Principles

Tucker Bag cards provide insight to many stock raising principles.

Tucker Bag superfine

Maintaining farm profitability is often a juggle between two or more conflicting goals. In wool production, one of the juggles is between achieving more valuable, fine quality, low fibre-diameter (micron) wool without reducing the amount of wool produced.According to NSW Department of Primary Industries“Around 90% of the value of a Merino fleece is determined by two traits – fleece weight and average fibre diameter. Selection on either trait of fleece weight or fibre diameter on its own will lead to slow deterioration in the other, it is easy to achieve simultaneous improvement in both traits by using an appropriate selection index to rank sheep on their combined performance for both.” moreCheck out this link to discover the four basic strains of Merino sheep and the range of quality of Merino wool – from “Ultrafine” wool as fine as 12.5 microns through to “Strong” wool over 22 microns.

Person troughing fleece on the wool table in the shearing shed

View of herd of sheep that have been freshly shorn inside shearing shed

Playing a game of Squatter can be just for fun. But the chances are, you will learn a lot about raising sheep and other livestock along the way.