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