North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FRONT PAGE -

THIS year, Strathview Ma­ter­nal Ge­net­ics is cel­e­brat­ing 30 years of per­for­mance record­ing in South­ern NSW.

It is no sur­prise then that after three decades in the in­dus­try, their up­com­ing sale will of­fer 90 of the best rams avail­able.

Held on site on Oc­to­ber 10, in­spec­tions will start at 10am with the Helms­man auc­tion to be­gin at noon.

It has a been a long jour­ney for Tim Lubke, and his wife Bek, since they pur­chased the reg­is­tered ma­ter­nal ewe flock 28 from Nar­ram­bla – and since that time, the pair have ex­pe­ri­enced on­go­ing suc­cess.

As proof of their suc­cess, Strathview sells over 100 rams each year.

Over the last four years, the Strathview com­mer­cial flock of 2500 ewes has av­er­aged 189 per cent scanned in lamb.

New Zealand Coop­worth ge­net­ics, with a per­for­mance record­ing his­tory of more than 55 years, have been in­tro­duced into the stud al­most every year since in­cep­tion.

Strathview com­pos­ite ma­ter­nals have also been de­vel­oped as an easy care, tighter skin line.

The stud has con­tin­ued to use ASBVs (Aus­tralian sheep breed­ing val­ues) to mon­i­tor the progress and make a di­rect com­par­i­son to other ma­ter­nal stud flocks.

The stud has a strong fo­cus on lamb sur­vival - the breed­ing pro­gram has long se­lected ewes that stay close to their lambs and take them to size­able weights at wean­ing.

Birth weights are recorded to en­sure ease of lamb­ing, and strength is main­tained to han­dle ad­verse weather events.

The ewe lambs are early ma­tur­ing – a client from the Young dis­trict in New South Wales recorded a 94 per cent conception rate in his Strathview sec­ond-cross ewes, joined at 8 months of age.

Strathview lambs also have ex­cep­tional growth rates – an­other client, a lo­cal Henty farmer, recorded an av­er­age of 330 grams per head per day live weight gain over six weeks on his graz­ing canola.

Strathview rams are used in many first-cross and self re­plac­ing ewe flocks.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the stud, or on the up­com­ing ram sale, go to www.strathview­coop­

ON SOON: Strathview Ma­ter­nal Ge­net­ics’ ram sale is on next month, where some 90 stud rams will be of­fered by Helms­man auc­tion.

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