Sheep Sales

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FRONT PAGE -

AF­TER al­most 50 years of breed­ing, it’s no sur­prise the Bin­nie fam­ily know a thing or two about Poll Dorsets.

Each year, the stud turns off some of the best rams in the coun­try – and the 2018 sale will be no dif­fer­ent.

Held later this month, on September 27, the Coledale Poll Dorset stud team have been busy pre­par­ing, hav­ing shorn all sale stock last month.

Since then, they have been on a ra­tion of ham­mer milled oaten hay, with lu- pins and wheat for pro­tein; and are now look­ing ev­ery inch the qual­ity animal.

The lead sire of this year’s sale rams is Coledale 44/15 – who has bred very well for the past two years at Coledale, and has pro­vided great hind quar­ters and body shape in all his off­spring.

This year’s Coledale sale will also see the first lot of Rangeview 43/15 prog­eny go un­der the ham­mer – young rams who all dis­play ex­cel­lent car­case, great length and depth with clean points.

Kur­ralea 740/14 has also pro­duced qual­ity big sons, and is an­other fea­tured sire at the 2018 sale.

“This year, we have a re­ally qual­ity line up,” stud prin­ci­pal Wal­lace Bin­nie said.

“I am sure there are sev­eral rams that would suit the most dis­cern­ing stud buyer look­ing for a sire this year.”

Over the last 12 months, Coledale has used se­men from the top ram on Lamb­plan, Aberdeen 527/16 - the num­ber one trait leader in car­case + and growth un­der Lamb­plan.

“We se­lected him also for cor­rect struc­ture, clean head and points, and he is in the top bracket for his eat­ing qual­ity in­dex,” Mr Bin­nie said.

“We also pur­chased se­men from Bruan 81/14, who is also a very well-bal­anced ram with Lamb­plan in­dexes to match – th­ese are the kind of qual­ity an­i­mals that we in­cor­po­rate into our ge­netic base.”

Like many across the coun­try, it has not been an easy sea­son for the Coledale Poll Dorset team.

There has been lit­tle rain, lit­tle ground cover and a re­sult­ing rise in early wean­ing rates.

De­spite the hard con­di­tions, it has also been an op­por­tu­nity for the Poll Dorsets to shine.

“The breed has the abil­ity to turn off sucker lambs at four months of age, or to carry them through if the sea­son per­mits to pro­duce those ex­tra heavy weights at 10 – 12 months of age,” Mr Bin­nie said. “Not many can do that.” The 2018 Coledale Poll Dorset Stud Ram Sale will be held on the last Thurs­day in September, on the 27th – just be­fore the AFL grand fi­nal.

Rams will be penned by 11am, with a bar­be­cue lunch kick­ing off at 12 noon fol­lowed by the sale at 1pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Wal­lace Bin­nie and the team on 5765 2236 or 0427 944 035.

AL­MOST FIFTY: Coledale Poll Dorsets will host their an­nual ram sale on September 27. Pic­tured is stud prin­ci­pal Wal­lace Bin­nie with Kirsty Taylor.

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