Strathview’s composite flock achieves 181 per cent lambs weaned
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.