Quest for quality across breeds
THE Valma stud strives to be a one-stop shop for all ram needs – be it Poll Dorsets, White Suffolks and Charollaiscross rams. The stud holds its annual sale on November 15.
Valma has been a consistent stud breeder since 1954. It seeks best genetics for Tasmanian ewes from Australia-wide to complement and compare alongside its own sires.
Stud objectives are growth, mucscle and lambing ease. All ewes retained in the stud in recent years are above 200 on the Carcass Plus index with excellent structural soundness. The rest of the ewes go to Valma’s commercial flock.
The stud has had success at big shows interstate. Valma’s ram pair won the Poll Dorset lamb-production class in the trade section at the Royal Adelaide and Royal Melbourne shows this year. Valma has won this class the last four years running at Melbourne.
These classes consider market suitability, Lambplan figures, skin value and breed type and structure.
The Poll Dorset focus at Valma is to breed rams that are moderate in size but pack a punch in production, moderate birth weight, high weaning and post-weaning weight as well as plenty of muscle through the loin and hind quarter.
Valma operators are also conscious of the structural component that leads to maximum production of rams during the season and longevity.
Valma will offer its first drop of White Suffolk rams from the recently bought Sprng Valley stud. However, there is no major change in direction. Valma continues to breed low birthweight sires suitable for maidens and Merino ewes.
Valma will also offer a small number of Charollais-cross rams. The on-property sale will be held on November 15 from 3pm with 130 Poll Dorset rams, followed by White Suffolks and a few Charollais crosses.
For catalogues or details call Andrew McLauchlan on 0428 577 243 or visit the website www.valma.com.au.