Fig­ures prove qual­ity of flock

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FAIRBANK South­down stud was es­tab­lished in 1922 and is one of the old­est in Aus­tralia.

The stud has been sourc­ing some of the best ge­net­ics avail­able via ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion from Aus­tralia and New Zealand in re­cent years to en­sure it meets in­dus­try de­mands.

This year’s of­fer­ing in­cludes rams boast­ing some of the high­est South­down EBVs in the coun­try.

The Fairbank flock has 70 per cent more eye mus­cle (EMD) and 20 per cent more growth (Pwwt) than the breed av­er­age. Lamb­plan ASBV data is avail­able on all sale rams.

The flock has a fo­cus on struc­turally su­pe­rior rams that com­bine easy lamb­ing and high sur­viv­abil­ity traits en­sur­ing more lambs are weaned.

This year Fairbank is of­fer­ing 67 top-of-the-drop South­down rams, its largest ever ram of­fer­ing for the breed. The rams are very even and dis­play char­ac­ter­is­tics de­sir­able in to­day’s prime-lamb in­dus­try.

Feed­back from lamb buy­ers and pro­ces­sors con­firms their de­sire to see more South­down­sired lambs thanks to the con­sis­tency of the prod­uct. Fer­til­ity is also very im­por­tant with over 60 per cent of the cat­a­logued rams reared as mul­ti­ple births.

The 67 South­downs will be of­fered at Fairbank’s on-prop­erty sale along with the stud’s White Suf­folks, Poll Dorsets and South­down first crosses with Poll Dorset or White Suf­folk. In to­tal the stud will of­fer 201 lots at its 14th an­nual sale.

Fairbank has been vac­ci­nated against OJD since 2003 and is ac­cred­ited free of bru­cel­losis.

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