Stock for sale
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