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TAS Country : October 28th 2010
Advertising feature White Suffolks 24 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 29, 2010 A vital quarter century of success The White Suffolk breed is celebrating 25 years as a recognised breed IT IS 25 years since the White Suffolk Association was formed, but the ori- gins of the White Suffolk go back a little further --- to the mid-70s. Professor Ewan Roberts from the Hay Research Centre began developing a white faced Suffolk in about 1977 and, as other breeders began to see the benefits of the project, numbers increased and it was decided to form a body to oversee the affairs of this new breed. So a dozen or so like- minded breeders gathered at the Melbourne Show on September 25, 1985, and the Australian White Suffolk Association was formed. And how it has grown from humble beginnings to more 350 member flocks in every state except the Northern Territory. The White Suffolk quickly established itself as the breed of choice for many lamb producers be- cause of its ability to sire lambs to fit all market descriptions, for instance they can be marketed as early sucker lambs or ta- ken on to heavier weights as an ideal export type lamb. And if seasonal con- ditions, or price on offer are less than ideal, White Suffolk cross lambs are an excellent type of lamb that can be shorn for targeted finishing on grain or sum- mer pasture to meet con- tract or market specifi- cations. White Suffolk Breeders have continued to produce sires with increased growth and muscling lead- ing to improved carcase yield while maintaining ideal fat cover. Other attri- butes that make the White Suffolk a number one choice for prime lamb pro- duction are clean points, making for less grass seed problems and simpler crutching if required and ease of lambing. The shape of the White Suffolk and moderate birth weights lead to less lambing prob- lems and increased lamb survival. One point not to be overlooked is the potential skin value of White Suffolk cross lambs, at present skin values this can be as high as 10-12 per cent of a lamb's value. Simple maths, if you are a pro- ducer selling 1000 lambs over the hooks, the skin value could represent an extra $10-15000 of extra income on top of the car- case value. For information on White Suffolks, contact a White Suffolk Breeder advertising in this paper or the Associ- ation Secretary at Rural Services, 08 8210 5231. To celebrate 25 years, the White Suffolk Association is offering a $500 prize vou- cher to be won in each state and used towards the pur- chase of a White Suffolk ram. For details and entry log on to the website at www.whitesuffolk.com.au Spring Valley going it alone to increase ram sale GENETIC GAINS: Spring Valley White Suffolk getting into the grass SPRING Valley White Suf- folk sale has changed to later in November and are now providing infor- mation on the new lamb- ing ease and gestation length ASBVs from Lamb- plan. We are holding our own White Suffolk sale at our property, Spring Valley, at Bracknell this year and it will be a couple of weeks later than normal, being November 25. In the past we have been part of the Valma and Rannoch and Leith on property sale but have decided to go on our own so as to increase the number of rams we can offer at the auction. We run 450 stud ewes and sell around 150 flock rams annually. We use our own rams in our commercial flock and turn off approximately 700 prime lambs annually, which provides sound feedback on how our gen- etics are performing. The stud is run under commercial conditions with last year being their first year of showing rams at Adelaide Royal Show. This is the largest show- ing of White Suffolks in Australia (this year there were over 300 entries) so it gives us a very good indi- cation on how our rams are placed within the breed as well as the oppor- tunity to see how our sires are breeding throughout Australia. We are con- stantly infusing top Aust- ralian genetics via AI into our stud in an attempt to continue making genetic gains. One of the high- lights this year was win- ning the Supreme White Suffolk exhibit at Mel- bourne Royal Show. Lambplan is an import- ant part of our decision making on what sires to use each year. Obviously the rams must be struc- turally sound and look the part, but then it is about finding the best combin- ation of figures to suit our flock and ultimately the commercial buyers. Lambplan is recognised as the only way to com- pare genetic traits with all terminal rams across Australia. That means that you can compare a White Suffolk from our stud with say a Poll Dorset in NSW or South Aust- ralia. Due to the changes in the lamb industry over the past few years and the different type of ewes breeding these lambs we are now producing two different sire lines. One is to suit the smaller framed ewe (mostly merinos) and helping to get live lambs and the other is very high growth rams for specialist prime lamb producers. We have a lot of infor- mation in our catalogue on these two types to help with ram selection. Lambplan have also de- veloped two Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs), in addition to birth weight, to help re- duce the impact of lamb- ing difficulties. We have been recording this infor- mation since Lambplan started with these new traits. One is a lambing ease trait and the other gestation length. TASMANIAN MEMBERS - AWSA Surname Initials Prefix Address Town Phone Badcock & Son FH Fairbank PO Box 16 Hagley 03 6392 2228 Baldock ML Mountain Mist 247a Steele St Devonport 03 6424 2583 Bingham N Kinmel 5 Paloona Road Devonport 03 6427 2101 Cornish G & N Cremorne 706 Nala Rd Pawtella 03 6255 5152 Day PP & KF Sunnybanks 70 Deviation Road Penguin 03 6437 2158 Eastley C Cardello PO Box 282 Deloraine 03 6362 2851 Iles FJ & DM Judell PO Box 13 Sorell 03 6265 2311 Keen R & S Spring Valley 294 Bracknell Road Bracknell 03 6397 3344 Last JW Willaroan 144 Braddons Lookout Road Leith 03 6428 2797 McLauchlan JS & KA Leith 308 Moore Road Westbury 03 6393 1299 Moore K&D Penrise POBox6 Campania 03 6260 4313 Moore L.D Lochdale PO Box 6 Campania 03 6260 4313 Thirkell-Johnston A Saundridge 1244 Saundridge Rd Cressy 03 6397 8308 Webberley BJ & N Rodbourne 42 Rodbourne Road Brighton 03 6268 1244 2015628-101029 WIN a $500 voucher Towards the purchase of a White Suffolk Ram. For online entry and conditions go to:-- www.whitesuffolk.com.au White Suffolks & Poll Herefords RAM SALE White Suffolks 25th November 86 White Suffolk Rams 30 Commercial prime lamb 1 y.o. ewes Sale venue/contact/catalogues: Rob & Sally Keen Spring Valley , 294 Bracknell Road, Bracknell t. 03 6397 3344 m. 0408 932 480 e. firstname.lastname@example.org We also have helpful prime lamb info on: www.whitesuffolk.org.au /springvalley All rams will have Lambplan figures available, including growth & birth-weights. Lambing-ease & gestation-length info on sires has also been collected to assist in selecting the right ram for your lamb enterprise. 2060299-101029 Cremorne Suffolks 706 Nala Rd, Pawtella Annual Ram Sale 2nd December 2010 Inspections from 3pm, Sale Starts at 4pm Offering: 20 Suffolk and 30 White Suffolk Rams Joined with OJD Enquiries Welcome Ph: 03 6255 5152, Grace: 0419 836 435, Daryl: 0408 143 095 SALE AGENT: Roberts Tim Woodham 0418 323 425 2059639-101029 PENRISE - PUNCHGROVE White Suffolks & Poll Dorsets 41st Annual Sale Tues NOV 16th 1.30pm Bred for ease of lambing High growth & muscle Sufficient fat cover 40 White Suffolk rams 30 Poll Dorset rams Rams that "Meat " industry requirements Kevin & Dale Moore (03) 62604110 - 0419 305 955
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