Fair­bank seeks out top ge­net­ics

Tasmanian Country - - SOUTHDOWNS -

FAIR­BANK South­down stud was es­tab­lished in 1922 and has been sourc­ing and in­vest­ing in some of the best ge­net­ics avail­able via AI from Aus­tralia and New Zealand in re­cent years to en­sure the stud con­tin­ues to meet in­dus­try de­mands.

This year’s draft in­cludes some the high­est South­down EBV rams in the coun­try.

The Fair­bank flock has 40 per cent more eye mus­cle and 25 per cent more growth than the South­down breed av­er­age. Lamb­plan ASBV data is avail­able on all sale rams to aid vis­ual se­lec­tion.

This year Fair­bank is of­fer­ing 55 top-of-the-drop South­down rams.

The rams are even and dis­play all the char­ac­ter­is­tics that are de­sir­able in to­day’s prime lamb in­dus­try.

Feed­back from lamb buy­ers and pro­ces­sors con­firms their de­sire to see more South­down­sired lamb due to the con­sis­tency of the prod­uct.

To con­tinue the re­search in this area, Fair­bank has five sires rep­re­sented in this year’s sheep CRC re­search project, which will as­sess South­down ge­net­ics against the top sires of other breeds.

In to­tal the stud will of­fer 156 ter­mi­nal sires at the 13th an­nual sale.

Fair­bank has been vac­ci­nated against OJD since 2003 and is bru­cel­losis ac­cred­ited free.

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