Fairburn Stud joins Corriedale vendors in blue ribbon sale
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.