We’re committed to a continuous improvement model when it comes to animal management.
We implement best practice animal husbandry, using real data to make decisions on genetics,
and staying abreast of market realities.
- We continue to prioritise the improvement of growth rates along with fat and eye muscle and wool cut using ASBV’s.
- Fertility is also a high priority. Since 2014, we have been mating well grown ewes at 12 months of age and lambing successfully with over 100% lambs and no issues with ewes not growing out.
- Since the mid 1900s ewes that fail to rear a lamb each year are usually culled (cold weather excepted).
- Low worm egg count is a high priority as is low dag score, the aim being to reduce drench frequency and genetically breed for worm resistance
- Our intention is to AI at least 750 ewes again this season using proven rams.
- We are also in the process of DNA testing a large percentage of ewes with the aim to identify top breeders.
- We intend to embryo transfer the elite breeder’s which will speed up genetic improvement.
- We strive for a balance of figures, evidence of this is winning the ‘Fibre Meat’ class twice at the Royal Adelaide Show – with ‘Escalator’ (42 entries) in 2010, and Mernowie 512 (61 entries) in 2018.
Animal Health + Wellbeing
- Rams are paddock run at commercial stocking rates without ad-lib feeders to ensure successful acclimatisation to new environments.
- Supplementary feeding is standard practice when paddock feed is inadequate.
- A small number of top rams are shedded prior to attending Field Days or for occasional show preparation or sale.
- Bio-security is a high priority.
- We have been in the Market Assurance Program (MN3) for Ovine Johnes Disease since 2000
- We have been Brucellosis Accredited for over 35 years
- We’re advocates of Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBV’s) and consult this data when making decisions on the direction of our stud genetics.
- Specifically, we use ASBV’s to assist with sire selection in the top 10%, where we identify potential sires with a combination of high Post Weaning Weight (PWWT) figures, Eye Muscle Depth (EMD), C Fat and Clean Fleece Weight (CFW).
- Confirmation, including good pasterns, a wide stance of back legs and good top line with a deep body are top priorities
- Majority of sires used are Double Copy Poll, with over 90% of rams tested in recent years identified as Double Copy.
- To enhance genetics, we invest in an annual strategic Artificial Insemination program, inseminating approximately 750 of our top ewes to mostly proven sires.
- With an average lambing percentage of 120%, we are able to speed up genetic progress, which allows us to deliver a greater number of quality rams for our On-Property Ram Sale
- In 2019, we implemented a Maternity Ward for our AI ewes, which has enabled us to increase lambing rates to more than 130% by bringing their ewes ‘indoors’ at lambing time.