Quest for qual­ity across breeds

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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

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