Qual­ity ge­net­ics on of­fer

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

DAVID Cur­tis said his ideal dor­per was easy do­ing with good body fat.

David, his wife Rob­bie and their daugh­ter So­phie run the Belle­vue Dor­per stud at Millmer­ran on the west­ern edge of south-east Queens­land’s Dar­ling Downs re­gion.

David ad­heres to a South African vis­ual selec­tion cri­te­ria for head, bal­ance, struc­ture, feet, colour and cover.

With the ewes, he pays close at­ten­tion to birthing ease.

David also makes good use of Lamb­plan, en­abling him to ac­cu­rately mea­sure his flock.

“To me it’s like a rain gauge. When we get rain I want to go out and mea­sure whether I’ve got 10mm or 50mm, and I need to know the dif­fer­ence to know how I can man­age my crop­ping land,” he said.

“It is the same with Lamb­plan data, know­ing the birth weight, wean­ing weight, post-wean­ing weight, fat, eye mus­cle, all the ma­ter­nal things from the ewes.”

But he cau­tioned against over-se­lect­ing for traits such as high growth and “not check­ing that the an­i­mal has length and width and depth and bal­ance”.

On Septem­ber 15 the Cur­tis fam­ily will hold their an­nual on-prop­erty Belle­vue Dor­per and White Dor­per Ram Sale.

This year Belle­vue has in­creased its of­fer­ing to 180 rams.

“We un­der­stand many of our pro­duc­ers are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dry con­di­tions, how­ever, when the sea­son breaks, they will want their rams in the pad­dock ready to work,” David said.

Belle­vue’s breed­ing ob­jec­tives are soundly based on prime lamb pro­duc­tion, with Belle­vue ‘ground truthing’ its stud rams and ewes in their com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion.

“All rams on sale day will have a full Belle­vue Ram Eval­u­a­tion Guide to as­sist buy­ers in their pur­chases,” David said.

“In ad­di­tion to the cat­a­logue, the guide, along with Lamb­plan ASBVs, in­clude ob­jec­tive vis­ual scores on each ram in­clud­ing struc­ture, bal­ance, feet, colour and cover, head, horns, scro­tal cir­cum­fer­ence and live weight.”

Land­mark are again en­trusted with this sale, along with on­line bid­ding through Auc­tion­sPlus.

Mark Sc­holes from Land­mark will con­duct the auc­tion.

For cat­a­logue de­tails head to www.belle­vue­dor­pers.com. au.

All rams on sale day will have a full Belle­vue Ram Eval­u­a­tion Guide to as­sist buy­ers in their pur­chases. — David Cur­tis

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

UP FOR GRABS: Belle­vue Dor­per and White Dor­per ewes are se­lected for fer­til­ity and moth­er­ing.

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