500 stud ewes
150 flock rams sold annually
What goes into them ...... see timeline below
constant assessment of our end-product through the 700 commercial prime lambs we turn off each year
Our breeding cycle timeline: <click on 1st photo to activate ..... to close, click on 'x' in top right hand corner of photos>
We are a self-replacing flock. We are in an enviable position of having no neighbouring properties with sheep so can guarantee our disease free status. Occasionally a ram is purchased and brought onto the property but he must have an equal or higher OJD status than ours and must come from an Ovine Brucellosis free and footrot free flock. Mostly we use Artificial Insemination or use our own sires to maintain our disease free status.
Ovine Johnes Disease free MN3 (Vac) - Map Status & fully vaccinated flock)
Ovine Brucellosis Accredited free flock
Footrot and lice free.
Our breeding aims are to produce sound rams that suit Tasmanian conditions to produce lambs to suit all markets. We can do this by using Lambplan to select the best rams to suit the various types of ewes in the state. We have rams that are best suited to Xbred ewes and others best suited smaller framed merino ewes. By working with our clients we can help to select the right ram for their business.
high growth - we are using sires that are in the top 1% in Aust for weaning and post weaning growth. Meat research has shown that there is now as much difference between flocks as there is between breeds. (Lambplan enables comparison between all terminal breeds, therefore rams that are in the top 1% in Aust for growth on Lambplan could be a White Suffolk, Poll Dorset, Southdown etc-they can be directly compared.
lambing ease - identified by us by weighing every stud lamb at birth and also never using a broad shouldered ram.
The near future......
eating quality - we have now tested over 100 sheep for the hard to measure traits such as intra muscular fat, shear force etc. These are all traits that will effect our bottom lines in the future. as prime lamb breeders. see more info on this on the tabs below - eating quality and about White Suffolks.