Pro­duc­tion tar­gets be­ing hit through sim­plic­ity at Cloven Hills

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - LIVESTOCK -

AC­CORD­ING to Cloven Hills stud prin­ci­pals Chris and Kate Do­rahy, ge­net­ics are like cars.

Two peo­ple buy the same make and model, but drive them com­pletely dif­fer­ently and take them on sep­a­rate roads.

In se­lect­ing the car, it must have the spe­cific qual­i­ties for each buyer, but th­ese qual­i­ties may be dif­fer­ent.

“In pro­duc­ing rams, we have firstly done much of the se­lec­tion work for clients by assess­ing, mea­sur­ing and then se­lect­ing the top 25 per cent of rams based on phys­i­cal, type and pro­duc­tion in­for­ma­tion,” Mr Do­rahy said.

“Cloven Hills cur­rently has the sec­ond high­est num­ber of sires in the top 150 ma­ter­nal sires.

“We be­lieve fo­cus­ing on pro­duc­tion and se­lect­ing for re­silience has en­abled us to achieve this.

“We look at our on-farm records and also the lamb­plan data which bench­marks each an­i­mal na­tion­ally, for spe­cific qual­i­ties we can’t eas­ily see (ie, fer­til­ity and growth), but can make sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence to the bot­tom line.

“Hence, for each an­i­mal, we can give all its in­for­ma­tion, which en­ables clients to se­lect an­i­mals which best meet their breed­ing ob­jec­tives,” he said.

While Mr Do­rahy ad­mits that there is not one sil­ver bul­let, he firmly be­lieves that by iden­ti­fy­ing your own tar­gets and con­straints, you can then se­lect ge­net­ics which will en­able you to pick up an ad­di­tional two to five per cent at each step of the pro­duc­tion cy­cle.

“This achieves a com­pound­ing ben­e­fit by the time the lambs go on the truck, in terms of heav­ier lambs and more of them.

“Re­gard­less of the start­ing point, we be­lieve the main ben­e­fit of run­ning a self-re­plac­ing prime lamb en­ter­prise is that it en­ables you to sim­plify the sys­tem and give you more con­trol over hit­ting the right tar­gets through­out the year.

“It is then eas­ier to achieve cu­mu­la­tive gains which ul­ti­mately drive pro­duc­tiv­ity and profit,” he added.

All sale rams will be dis­played at Cloven Hills open day on Fri­day, Septem­ber 30 at the Caster­ton Show­grounds.

From Novem­ber, ewe lambs will also be for sale from the stud.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.cloven­hills.com.au.

PRO­DUC­TION FO­CUS: Cloven Hills stud prin­ci­pal Chris Do­rahy be­lieves that by iden­ti­fy­ing your own tar­gets and con­straints, you can then se­lect ge­net­ics al­low­ing you to pick up an ex­tra two to five per cent at each step of the pro­duc­tion cy­cle.

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