Breeders getting it right

EATING QUALITY: Kinellar sires have been trialled in the National Resource Flock to benchmark their eating quality against terminal sires across the country.

EATING QUALITY: Kinellar sires have been trialled in the National Resource Flock to benchmark their eating quality against terminal sires across the country.

Kinellar White Suffolk and Poll Dorset Stud

Over the last 15 years Kinellar White Suffolk and Poll Dorset Stud, operated by the Patterson Family at Canowindra, have selected for high performance sires to ensure clients maximise their return.

The use of LAMBPLAN has allowed Kinellar to keep the birth weights moderate, push up the growth rates at both 100 and 200 days, increase the width and depth of loin, as well as focus on genetic fat.

Eating quality has also taken a focus.

"Kinellar sires have been trialled in the National Resource Flock to benchmark their eating quality against terminal sires across the country with results in the top 10 percent," said said Victoria Patterson.

"The focus on proven bloodlines has resulted in the most even drop of rams yet.

"With the lamb industry reaching new highs, there is no better time to be in the industry.

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Kegra Border Leicester Stud

Graeme Golder, from Kegra Border Leicester Stud, based at Temora, has had a below average seasons but said it was still "reasonable" compared to many others.

KEGRA SHEEP: As well as the stud, Graeme also joined 2300 Merino ewes to Border Leicester rams to produce first cross lambs.

KEGRA SHEEP: As well as the stud, Graeme also joined 2300 Merino ewes to Border Leicester rams to produce first cross lambs.

After pregnancy scanning 330 of his stud ewes he found fertility rates were high with 49 having singles, 200 having twins, 72 having triplets and four having quads.

The stud was founded in 1979 and started objective measuring the stud animals in 1985 using the Sheepmeat Testing Authority which was the for runner to LAMBPLAN. This makes the stud one of the longest running Border Leicester studs in Australia to continuously performance record their sheep.

GOONIGAL SIRES: Client feedback has been excellent for Goonigal Poll Dorsets, with early maturing weight for age, carcase shape and yield in their progeny.

GOONIGAL SIRES: Client feedback has been excellent for Goonigal Poll Dorsets, with early maturing weight for age, carcase shape and yield in their progeny.

Graeme said traits they focused on included birth weight, growth rate, fertility, muscle, fat and milk production. The stud is big on the carcase traits but most importantly all sheep must be sound and true and correct to type.

Goonigal Poll Dorsets

Goonigal Poll Dorsets has been operating for 13 years and its upcoming ram sale will be held on August 27 at Canowindra Showground Pavilion.

Moving to the showground has been a good option, allowing Goonigal to show rams to new clients. This year's sale will begin at 11.30am and rams will be penned by 10am for inspection prior to sale.

Bloodlines for sale rams are Hillden, Springwaters, Abelene Park and Armdale ParkAll rams are Brucellosis accredited free and vaccinated for OJD.

All rams will be stock scanned, with figures available from August 20 by emailing a request to goonigal@bigpond.net.au and on the Goonigal Poll Dorsets Facebook page.