Production targets being hit through simplicity at Cloven Hills
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.