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Stud breeder Mal­colm Star­ritt, from Wom­boota Bor­der Le­ices­ters at Wom­boota, is ex­pect­ing re­newed in­ter­est from breed­ers look­ing to plan for the enor­mous de­mand for breed­ing ewes post-drought at the stud’s an­nual sale on Thurs­day.

Sev­enty one-year-old rams will be up for sale and Mr Star­ritt said buy­ing Wom­boota-bred rams of­fered the chance for com­mer­cial breed­ers to sell a branded prod­uct from their farm, which will be highly sought af­ter when there is a gen­eral break of rain.

‘‘We’re of­fer­ing to prime lamb breed­ers the op­por­tu­nity to buy breed­ing ewes that with good man­age­ment de­liver high lamb­ing per­cent­ages, early sale of prog­eny and an easy-care ewe that does not re­quire ex­pen­sive man­age­ment regimes to de­liver prof­its,’’ he said.

Mr Star­ritt said Wom­boota Bor­der Le­ices­ters de­liv­ered trusted rams for the prime lamb in­dus­try in four ways:

■ Bench­mark­ing: ‘‘We al­ways search for ge­net­ics that can im­prove our own flock and com­pare our ge­net­ics. Closed flocks close op­por­tu­ni­ties for im­prove­ment.’’

■ Let­ting na­ture take its course: ‘‘We run stud ewes with a com­mer­cial struc­ture. We do not mol­ly­cod­dle our sheep. They lamb down with­out in­ter­fer­ence to es­tab­lish their real value to the in­dus­try. If they lose a great lamb, they’re not a great mother.’’

■ Mea­sure­ment: ‘‘We mea­sure birth weights, lamb­ing con­di­tions, weaning, early post-weaning, post-weaning and year­ling weights, fat and eye mus­cle depths, wool weights and ma­ture ewe weights all to make sure that sheep within the stud are se­lected for max­i­mum prof­itabil­ity for clients.’’ Star­ritt, from Wom­boota Le­ices­ters, is hop­ing for a good sale on Septem­ber 27.

■ We care about our clients’ busi­nesses: ‘‘We are not in the busi­ness of sell­ing as many rams as we can. Our clients need to be suc­cess­ful with their own breed­ing pro­grams and we make sure they’re happy with their rams long af­ter the auc­tion­eer’s gavel has fallen. We mea­sure the suc­cess of our stud by the suc­cess of our clients.’’ ■ The sale will be held at the Wom­boota Pas­toral Shear­ing Shed, Wom­boota via Moama on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 27, from 1 pm. For more in­for­ma­tion, phone 5489 3225 or 0429 893 200.

High hopes for sale . . . Mal­colm Bor­der

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