Livestock

Top ranked ram stud from Jerilderie to hold sale on September 12

By Rodney Woods

Wunnamurra Poll Dorset stud at Jerilderie will offer 170 Lambplan-tested rams for sale on September 12.

The 17th annual ram sale will be held at 11am, with inspections open from 9.30am.

Wunnamurra’s Andrew Gillett said the Poll Dorset stud was started in 1987 with the initial purpose of breeding rams for the stud's own operations, which has now grown to providing high quality genetics to a wide variety of clients.

The stud runs 450 ewes and uses artificial insemination and genomic DNA testing each year to access the best genetics possible.

‘‘Like everything else we produce on Wunnamurra, we wanted to be able to measure our production,’’ Mr Gillett said.

‘‘So, we joined Lambplan, which has given us the tools to record and measure growth, eye muscle and fat on our stud lambs at 100 days and at 200 days of age, as well as important pedigree information."

Mr Gillett said more than half of Wunnamurra’s rams on offer at this year's sale were in the top 20 per cent of Lambplan data.

‘‘We’re consistently achieving high growth, well above the industry average, whilst also maintaining low birth weight,’’ he said.

“This is key to driving profits for our clients' production systems as well as our own."

Mr Gillett said faster growth rates meant lambs could be turned off quicker, which was critical in dry seasons such as the one currently being experienced across most of NSW and Victoria.

The sale is being held in conjunction with Elders Jerilderie and Landmark Mills, with lunch provided after the conclusion of the auction.

Wunnamurra Poll Dorset Stud's annual sale will be held on Thursday, September 12 from 11am at 2797 Berrigan Rd, Jerilderie.

For more information, phone Mr Gillett on 0429 660 584 or visit www.wunnamurra.com.au

Alternatively, you can contact Landmark's Peter Mills on 0429 420 040 or Elders Jerilderie's Nick Gray on 0438 833 090.