Australian Whites on Judy’s farm
CURRUMBENE is a small 130 acre farm located at Markwood, near Milawa in North East Victoria.
The property was purchased by Judy Rooney 12 years ago.
The farm was originally stocked with Dorper sheep, which at the time were showing great promise as being a breed for the small hobby farmer.
It is now run with the help of Richard Boadle.
“After many years of perseverance, we found there were too many problems which and started looking for a hardier breed which suited our area of Australia,” Judy said.
“The answer we found at pressive new breed was on display.
“It caught our eye and certainly seemed to offer everything we were looking for in an animal to replace the Dorpers.”
Being on a small property, Judy and Richard needed sheep that were quiet to handle, that shed - few small properties have shearing facilities - that grew quickly between lambing and had good strong feet to cope with the often, although not this season, wet and boggy conditions.
tion stud Tattykeel at Oberon in NSW,” Judy said.
“We now have 70 stud ewes and four stud rams - and this year we have expanded to running a commercial flock.
“We are very pleased with the youngsters we have bred in the last two years and hope to be able to supply quality animals for others who wish to change breeds for prime lamb sires or establish a new
The Australian White sheep was developed over 15 years ago, originally from the best genetics of the Texel, Dorper, Poll Dorset and Van Rooy breeds.
Currumbene has continued to purchase top ewes from Tattykeel and Camden Valley Stud since it began.
This year, the ram lambs were weaned at 12 weeks of age with weights ranging from 35 to 54kg.
Australian Whites have excelled in hoof and carcass competitions across the country, and have been named the Wagyu of the sheep breeds.
By accident, their meat is high in omega 3, which has a very low melting point – 30 degrees – resulting in moist tender lamb.
“The breed has more than Richard said.
“The future looks incredibly promising as more and more prime lamb farmers and hobby farmers with lifestyle blocks appreciate the attributes of this breed.
“They have proven to be a very good cross with a dorper, and have coped very well under the prevailing dry conditions.
“Butchers and restaurants are also seeking out the very tasty meat.”
Currumbene currently have stud and commercial rams and ewes available.
“We can provide a package of one ram and three ewes - all in lamb to a different ram - for the small hobby farmer,” Richard said.
“We are more than happy to chat about the breed even if you are not ready to purchase.”
an inspection or discuss your requirements, contact Richard on 0428 953 044, or by email at richard.boa[email protected]pond.com.
LADY FARMER: Judy Rooney, in conjunction with Richard Boadle, runs Currumbene Australian Whites at Markwood.
BOYS BUTTS: Australian White sheep were developed using the best genetics of the Texel, Dorper, Poll Dorset and Van Rooy breeds.