More than 500 rams on of­fer at up­com­ing Chrome Sheep Stud sale

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - LIVESTOCK -

HAMIL­TON seed­stock pro­duc­ers and Chrome Sheep Stud prin­ci­pals Matt and Tanya Tonis­sen have all bases cov­ered when it comes to sup­ply­ing ge­net­ics for the prime lamb in­dus­try.

Whether it’s their con­sis­tent lines of ma­ter­nal rams in­clud­ing their own branded Chromedales, Peren­dales and Coop­worths, or their ICON branded, ter­mi­nal sires in­clud­ing their early ma­tur­ing, thick bod­ied Poll Dorsets and tight skinned, black footed ICON Southie rams.

In a bid to try to keep a bal­ance of “sup­ply and de­mand”, Chrome Sheep Studs will cat­a­logue more than 500 rams for their up­com­ing ram sale on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

“Com­ing off the back of some out­stand­ing sale re­sults from last sell­ing sea­son, we felt the only way to try and sat­isfy ex­tra client de­mand was to of­fer more rams,” Mr Tonis­sen said.

“One of the main dif­fer­ences be­tween us and our com­peti­tors is our abil­ity to line up a big run of ma­ter­nal rams that are of a con­sis­tent type from top to bot­tom.

Right from the start Mr Tonis­sen set about breed­ing a uniform line of Com­pos­ite ma­ter­nal rams.

“I wanted to dis­tin­guish our sheep as dif­fer­ent to the oth­ers which is why we branded our main line of ma­ter­nal rams Chromedales.

“Now our clients all talk about Chromedales, which means they are now breed­ing a recog­nised branded prod­uct.

“The flow on ef­fects from be­ing in­volved with a recog­nised brand are enor­mous go­ing for­ward, whether it be the sale of sur­plus breed­ing ewes or feeder lambs for the store mar­ket,” he added.

High wean­ing per­cent­ages, good growth rates and easy care at­tributes in a moder­ate framed ewe, are just a few of the ben­e­fits of all the Chrome ma­ter­nal ewes.

“The proof is in our clients’ re­sults.”

“We have clients reg­u­larly mark­ing 140 per cent to 150 per cent to ewes joined across their ma­ture ewe flock.

“Back that up with ewe lamb mark­ing rates in the 80 per cent to 100 per cent range and you have a lamb pro­duc­tion sys­tem that is start­ing to kick some goals” Mr Tonis­sen said.

For those that are look­ing for early ma­tur­ing ter­mi­nal rams Chrome has two op­tions avail­able.

The aim of ICON Poll Dorsets is an early ma­tur­ing, well­mus­cled shorter leg Poll Dorset than the av­er­age Poll Dorset you buy else­where.

Mr Tonis­sen said he be­lieved that the in­dus­try needs ear­lier ma­tur­ing sheep that have a ma­tu­rity pat­tern that al­lows them be sold at a younger age.

“We’ve seen a shift in lamb­ing dates, as pro­duc­ers are now look­ing to bet­ter match pas­ture growth with their ewes’ nu­tri­tional re­quire­ments, there­fore lamb­ing later in the sea­son,” he said.

“The ICON Southies are prov­ing to be a real hit with Merino pro­duc­ers and those mat­ing ewe lambs and maidens.”

All rams are recorded on Lamb­plan and ASBVs for all the eco­nomic traits are sup­plied in the stud’s sale cat­a­logue.

Chrome of­fers a bulk dis­count to mul­ti­ple pur­chases, with ev­ery sixth ram pur­chased free.

The stud’s open day will be held on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 3 be­fore its Oc­to­ber 6 on-prop­erty sale which will take place at Dart­moor Road, Hamil­ton.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.chome­sheep­studs.

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