Strathview’s com­pos­ite flock achieves 181 per cent lambs weaned

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - LIVESTOCK -

AC­CORD­ING to Strathview Coop­worth’s stud prin­ci­pal Tim Lubke the high wean­ing per­cent­ages of his sheep are tes­ta­ment to the moth­er­ing abil­ity of the stud’s ma­ter­nal flocks.

“We put a large em­pha­sis on the ma­ter­nal trait as it is cru­cial for lamb sur­vival, es­pe­cially when we ex­pe­ri­ence cold, wet and windy weather,” Mr Lubke said.

Af­ter a 196 per cent preg­nancy scan­ning re­sult last year, Strathview sold 20 per cent of its flock scanned in lamb to drys and sin­gles on Auc­tions Plus.

Strathview ma­ter­nal ge­net­ics were able to achieve 181 per cent lambs weaned over the en­tire flock of 2000 ewes af­ter lamb­ing down twins and triplets on its Rive­rina prop­er­ties.

The Strathview flock had a sim­i­lar scan­ning re­sult this year and again sold ewes scanned in lamb to sin­gles and drys and will be look­ing at a sim­i­lar re­sult this year.

The Strathview and Spring View prop­er­ties are owned and run by hus­band and wife com­bi­na­tion Tim and Re­bekah Lubke.

The prop­er­ties are lo­cated be­tween the south­west slopes and the Rive­rina, 72km from Al­bury, 68km from Wagga Wagga and 2km from the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days site.

Strathview ma­ter­nal ge­net­ics are renowned for their su­pe­rior ma­ter­nal traits.

“Our clients are con­sis­tently re­ceiv­ing greater than 75 per cent mul­ti­ples in their scan- ning re­sults each year,” Mr Lubke said.

“We have care­fully se­lected high fer­til­ity and high growth rams to en­sure large wean­ing per­cent­ages in our flocks.

“Strathview-sired flocks are also reap­ing the re­wards of join­ing ewes at seven months of age, with up to 90 per cent of the young ewes be­ing scanned in lamb to en­sure all ewes are pro­duc­tive on the prop­erty.”

The main fo­cus of the stud is to breed ewes that are highly prof­itable in self re­plac­ing and first-cross flocks.

All Strathview rams are lamb planned and are se­lected for their per­for­mance traits.

Tim Lubke has been sourc­ing top ge­net­ics from New Zealand for the past seven years and has un­der­gone an Em­bryo Trans­fer (ET) pro­gram this year al­low­ing him to broaden his ge­netic pool, out­sourc­ing the best ge­net­ics Aus­tralia and New Zealand has to of­fer.

“This is the rea­son be­hind achiev­ing out­stand­ing re­sults,” he said.

“Farm­ers are ben­e­fit­ing from their moth­er­ing abil­ity, ex­cel­lent lamb sur­vival, high fer­til­ity and rapid growth rates.”

Strathview’s ma­ter­nal com­pos­ite line al­lows the stud to fast track ge­net­ics.

This has al­lowed pro­duc­ers to se­lect high rank­ing rams with tighter skins and clean points.

The ma­jor­ity of th­ese rams are go­ing into ma­ter­nal com­pos­ite flocks.

The Coop­worth Rams have also been used for breed­ing first-cross ewes.

Strathview’s ram sale will be held on prop­erty at Henty on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

In­spec­tions will start from 9am, with the sale com­menc­ing at 12 noon.

Farm­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to se­lect rams in the top 20 per cent of the ma­ter­nal breed in­dex in­clud­ing an of­fer­ing of rams in the top one per cent.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. strathview­coop­worth. com.

FAM­ILY BUSI­NESS: The Strathview and Spring View prop­er­ties are owned and run by hus­band and wife com­bi­na­tion Tim and Re­bekah Lubke, pic­tured here with their two young chil­dren.

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