George and Sophie Millington have owned the legendary Collinsville Merino Stud near Hallett for the past four years.
One of their latest achievements has been to win the inaugural Heiniger Ram of the Year title at the Jamestown Show.
”The show organisers are promoting stud sheep again and we are trying to help the committee to promote this,” said the stud’s principal, Mr Millington.
“We thank Heiniger for their support of $4000 which makes it the highest stud sheep prize available in South Australia annually.
“The show committee and in particular president David Cooper have worked hard to make this happen in 2017.
“We buy our TPW wool presses from Heiniger and we are about to order another one for our newly-renovated shearing shed at one of our properties.”
Collinsville entered two rams in the competition. The winner was a stud reserve which has been retained in the stud. He is Sire Prince 262 – June drop 2016 sired by Prince 242; micron 20; SD 3.3; CV 16.5; comfort factor 99.4; bodyweight 134kg.
The ram exhibited great stretch and bone with sound conformation. He posseses a boldly crimped fleece which is white and soft handling.
He will be retained within the stud and will be used to breed commercially-profitable flockrams for clients. “We have taken semen from him and may use him in our artificial-insemination program this year or one of our two embryo-transfer programs that Collinsville does annually,” Mr Millington said.
He said the strong traditions of Collinsville were being maintained with structurally-correct sheep with excellent conformation which produced heavy-cutting profitable fleeces.
The biggest challenge was bringing back potential buyers and viewers of the stock.
“We are very proud of the sheep we are producing,” he said.
“We are mating 12,000 ewes yearly and selling 950 rams yearly.
We are very proud of the sheep we are producing. We are mating 12,000 ewes yearly and selling 950 rams yearly.George Millington, principal, Collinsville
“We are working very hard to keep the quality high. When people have a look at the sheep again they are very impressed.
“The sheep are all a very even type with no structural faults and good fleeces.”