Figures prove quality of flock
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.