Fair­burn Stud joins Cor­riedale ven­dors in blue rib­bon sale

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - The Australian Sheep & Wool Show 2014 -

THE Cor­riedale Blue Rib­bon sale on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 30 will this year have a new ven­dor join the four ex­ist­ing ones.

It is Dar­ryl and Jan MacDon­ald, Fair­burn, Por­cu­pine Ridge.

The ex­ist­ing ones are Lod­don Park; Stan­bury at West Cloven Hills; Sweet­field and the Gam­bier View and Comp­ton House studs.

Mil­ton Sav­age from Gam­bier View and Comp­ton House said the sale has been gain­ing mo­men­tum over the years, with a client base that is very happy to con­tinue strong sup­port of the sale.

Mr Sav­age said Cor­riedales had stood the test of time.

He said about 100 years of breed­ing had gone into a breed which was suited to its en­vi­ron­ment.

“In the last 20 years, many dif­fer­ent breeds of sheep have been in­tro­duced, with a flour­ish, and then have just faded out.

“The Cor­riedale is the true dual pur­pose sheep; they are very hardy be­ing more tol­er­ant of worm bur­dens than most breeds and with good hard black feet mak­ing them more tol­er­ant of foot prob­lems.”

He said their 24 to 30 mi­cron wool has been sell­ing well and cuts per head of 5.5 kilo­grams (kg) to 7.5kg can equate to in­come of $30 to $40 a head.

Good lamb­ing per cen­t­ages of up to 160 per­cent plus good milk­ing and moth­er­ing abil­ity, en­able lambs to row out quickly, es­pe­cially when crossed with a ter­mi­nal sire.

“The ben­e­fits of hav­ing Cor­riedales are that you don’t have to cross breed; 40 per cent to 50 per cent of ewes are joined to Cor­riedale rams to pro­duce a self-re­plac­ing flock and the other 50 per cent to 60 per­cent are joined to ter­mi­nal sires.”

Mr Sav­age said he had sold rams to a com­pos­ite breeder who had put Cor­riedales over first cross ewes to im­prove the con­sti­tu­tion, wool counts and wool cuts in the com­pos­ites and first cross ewes, with­out los­ing lamb­ing per­cent­ages.

ALL LINED UP: Cor­riedales stand­ing proud in the pad­dock.

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