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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010 Tasmanian Country 5 STANDING TALL: Dale, left, and Kevin Moore's confidence in the relatively new breed of White Suffolks Kevin had a major hand in developing is paying dividends at their Penrise Stud. Pictures: JENNIFER CRAWLEY DEDICATED: Dale Moore admits he knows more about his sheep stud's bloodlines than his own family tree. ''Nowadays they call two tooth a hoggett.'' The Moores are passionate about sheep breeding. Dale readily admits that he knows more about the Penrise Stud bloodlines than his own family tree. ''There's no great reward to this,'' he said. ''It's got to be something you really want to do.'' When Merle suggested a holiday to New Zealand, home to many sheep, Kevin was all ears. ''He eats, drinks and sleeps his sheep,'' she said. ''We can't go on holiday unless we talk about sheep.'' Nuts and Bolts The main Penrise Stud business is the production of stud White Suffolk sheep. White Suffolks are known for easy care, easy lambing, very strong survivors, and very good carcass sheep. The studs are used to breed prime lambs, and mate with Merino ewes to produce prime lamb dames. The Moores supply rams for breeding stock and sell excess rams over the hook to Longford meat processors. Penrise sheep average 18-22kg dressed weight for the domestic market and weigh up to 30kg for the export market. Penrise Stud comprises of 100 rams and 350 stud ewes and their offspring. Sheep return for showdown LE GROVE JENNIFER CRAWLEY SHEEP are back at the Royal Hobart Show, much to the delight of Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania chief executive Philip Le Grove ''Sheep farmers have been through some hard times over the past two or three years,'' Mr Le Grove said. ''Sheep farmers who have exhibited at the Royal Hobart Show for the past 30 years withdrew last year because they did not have stock good enough to enter. ''But they have returned in force this year. ''It's good to see them back. And with sheep come the fleeces. More than 100 fleeces were judged this year, an increase of 30 per cent from last year. Mr Le Grove said he was encouraged by the quality and number of fleeces. A fledgling competition for youth fleecers attracted 12 fleeces from sheep looked after by the sons and daughters of sheep farmers. For the first time in 25 years, pigs will be judged. Swine flu prevented the pigs returning last year when the Department of Primary Indus- tries, Parks, Water and Environment warned the pigs were in danger of contracting the dis- ease from humans. There are 11 pig en- tries this year and each is housed in the animal nursery. Companion animal entries are also very strong. ''We've had huge en- tries in guinea pigs and rabbits,'' Mr Le Grove said. He said alpaca entries were also strong and had been growing each year for the past five years. ''We're delighted by the growth in that area,'' he said. There are no Boer goats, but there is a large number of Angora and dairy goats in the goat shed this year. And rare Dutch fowls are part of the 500 entries in the poultry judging this year. ''Poultry people are very enthusiastic and the pigeon and caged birds are popular,'' Mr Le Grove said. There are 42 commercial cattle entries this year, while beef and dairy cattle numbers are down as southern Tasmania moves away from beef and dairy cattle. Mr Le Grove said former RAST president Paul Geard estimated there were only eight to ten dairy farms of any note that were milking reasonable herds in Southern Tasmania. ''Entries are declining,'' he said. ''We need to look at how we can encourage northern exhibitors to head south. ''Most of the beef cattle are grown in the North of the state. ''We've always had quite a few entries from the North, but unfortunately they are not coming this year. ''There are some but they are not coming in the numbers we have had in previous years. ''We appreciate it's an expensive exercise to transport and bring stock down here for a week. ''We will have to put up some incentives to get them down here. ''We have to look at how we can get them back to the Royal Hobart Show.'' The AJF provides rewards of up to $30,000 for information that leads to a successful prosecution or signi cant animal welfare outcome as judged by the AJF. ADVERTISEMENT Have you witnessed animal cruelty in your workplace? The Animal Justice Fund would like to hear from you. e-mail: email@example.com TO PROVIDE INFORMATION: or call: 0457 448 419 www.AnimalJusticeFund.org
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