In­au­gu­ral sale day for Saber Poll Dorset stud

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

Saber Poll Dorset stud will be host­ing its in­au­gu­ral on­farm ram sale at Mor­vah Park, De­niliquin on Septem­ber 15.

Stud own­ers Steve and Linda Fawns have in­vested heav­ily in ge­net­ics and say they are see­ing the re­wards with early growth and quick ma­tur­ing lambs.

‘‘Our stud has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in Lambplan, an ob­jec­tive mea­sure­ment pro­gram, for the past six years,’’ Steve said.

‘‘We’re re­ally pleased with the up­lift in per­for­mance fig­ures for our flock whilst main­tain­ing struc­ture and con­for­ma­tion of the an­i­mals.’’

Last year the Fawns’ be­came mem­bers of Meat Elite, Aus­tralia’s lead­ing Poll Dorset prog­eny test­ing group and at­tended a two day con­fer­ence in Mel­bourne re­cently.

ME mem­bers are re­garded as in­dus­try lead­ers in per­for­mance ge­net­ics and are seek­ing to im­prove tra­di­tional Aus­tralian Sheep Breed­ing Val­ues while fo- cus­ing on eat­ing qual­ity through ge­nomics test­ing.

‘‘Aus­tralian con­sumers are look­ing for smaller por­tion cuts of ten­der, easy-topre­pare dishes,’’ Mr Fawns said.

All Saber rams are vet checked prior to sale.

Sale in­spec­tion starts at 10.30am on Septem­ber 15, with sell­ing from 12.30pm. A light lunch will be pro­vided.

Agents for the sale are Rod­wells De­niliquin — Steve Arentz 0429 814403 and Justin Barker 0400 714718. Mor­vah Park is lo­cated on Moonee Swamp Rd.

Steve Fawns with some of the Saber Poll Dorset rams for sale.

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