Breed of­fers great growth

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THE Poll Dorset breed is known for rapid growth rates and early ma­tu­rity, shapely car­cass with ideal fat cov­er­age and high yield of lean meat.

These char­ac­ter­is­tics are ideal for meat pro­duc­tion and make Poll Dorset sires per­fect for prime lamb pro­duc­tion.

When used in cross­breed­ing Poll Dorsets pro­duce lambs with ex­cel­lent hy­brid vigour; en­sur­ing strong growth and re­sult­ing in lambs that reach mar­ketable weights sooner. Progeny can be trade ready at 18kg to 22kg car­cass weight from 12 weeks of age, re­sult­ing in re­duced man­age­ment costs.

Poll Dorset-sired lambs con­tinue their growth through to heavy ex­port lambs of 28+kg CWT, giv­ing pro­duc­ers op­tions for their busi­ness.

Poll Dorset ge­net­ics lead the way in lean meat yield, re­sult­ing in higher-value car­casses. Ex­hibit­ing ideal mus­cle pat­terns, a large loin and shapely hindquar­ter re­sult in a higher pro­por­tion of qual­ity cuts of meat.

Poll Dorsets lead the way in mar­ket-rel­e­vant sires. Breed de­vel­op­ment has re­sulted in a body shape that min­imises birth dif­fi­cul­ties while main­tain­ing car­case shape. A ro­bust con­sti­tu­tion boosts lamb sur­viv­abil­ity in harsh con­di­tions.

The sta­bilised ge­netic pool en­sures lambs are con­sis­tent in type and qual­ity, giv­ing lamb pro­duc­ers re­li­able mar­ket­ing op­tions and high re­turns.

The tight­ness and density of the downs wool con­trib­utes to a qual­ity skin. Lambs look fresher for longer, re­sult­ing in more sales be­fore shear­ing. Open, wool-free faces re­duce wool blind­ness and min­imise is­sues with grass seeds.

Fer­til­ity is the great­est sin­gle pa­ram­e­ter for prof­itabil­ity in a com­mer­cial flock. The ma­jor­ity of Poll Dorset rams are used as ter­mi­nal sires as their high fer­til­ity, viril­ity and func­tion­al­ity has en­hanced their com­mer­cial ac­cep­tance.

The lamb pro­duc­tion area of Aus­tralia cov­ers a range of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions. The breed has stood the test of time for con­sis­tent high per­for­mance in all cli­mates, over all ma­ter­nal breeds, across mar­ket weight ranges. The large gene pool within the breed has en­abled it to ful­fil all mar­ket and man­age­ment needs.

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