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DSC_0692 Poll Dorsets prime lamb pick for Toongi producers Farming is in the blood for Megan and Michael Brennan, Wambangalang, Toongi, New South Wales, with Megan a fifth-generation producer. While she only recently took up farming full time on the 680-hectare property 30 kilometres south of Dubbo, agriculture had been a long-time interest. Her father Mark Gavel moved to the Dubbo region in the […]
article_2016-apdas-case-study-brett-johnstonebrett-4 Over-the-hooks switch benefits NSW producer A switch to over-the-hook selling has led to big changes in Brett Johnstone’s prime lamb enterprise Malmo Partners at Woodstock, near Cowra, New South Wales. Using feedback has meant he has been able to tailor his Poll Dorset-sired lambs to match exactly what his local processor, Breakout River Meats, requires. “I’m convinced we get a premium […]
murray-brown Top drop of lambs despite floods at Glamis Water sports took on a new meaning for Bedgerabong producer Murray Brown, New South Wales, last month with the family ski boat being used to tow several ‘tinnies’ full of lambs for sale across 1.2-metre-deep floodwater at his ‘Glamis’ property. About two-thirds of the property flooded for six weeks in September and October. He lost […]
dsc_0292-crop531x800 Poll Dorsets key to prime lamb success at Forbes Poll Dorsets, and their predecessor, the Dorset Horn, have long been the terminal breed of choice for the Allen family at Bimbadeen, Forbes, New South Wales. Running a substantial mixed farming enterprise with sheep and cropping, family patriarch Keith Allen said they had used “Dorsets” for longer than he could remember, at least 50 years or more.
Supplied Watterson APDAS1 (1) Superior genetics deliver fast-growing lambs Ron and Jason Watterson, Tenterden, Western Australia, have always been big fans of the Poll Dorset breed.  And, despite the occasional dabble with other terminal sires, they say the Poll Dorsets are the quickest-maturing, enabling them to get lambs off quicker. Ron and Jason farm 1600 hectares at Tenterden, Western Australia, running 3500 Merino and […]
Supplied Nicholls APDAS1 (1) Dorsets add diversity to superfine enterprise Producing Poll Dorset-sired crossbred lambs adds diversity to what is predominantly a superfine wool enterprise for Gippsland farmers Brian and Jenny Nicholls, Victoria. The Nicholls’ farm at Stradbroke across 460 hectares on an average annual rainfall of over 600 millimetres running 4500 sheep, of which about 1500 are Merino and crossbred lambs. Brian, a third-generation […]
Supplied Wait APDAS1 Dorsets deliver fast-growing lambs for early-selling producer In order to capture the higher prices of new season lambs, Richard Wait needs rams that are going to produce-fast growing progeny that are going to meet his early-spring quitting deadline.  For that reason, Richard and wife Angela opt for Poll Dorsets as terminal sires to put over their first-cross ewe flock. Farming at Powers […]
20160723_153628 Poll Dorsets prime choice for Kongorong producer POLL Dorsets are the breed of choice for prime lamb producer Ken Atkin, Rutland, Kongorong, South Australia, who says they produce the best lambs for his enterprise.  “Poll Dorset-cross lambs are fast growing and well-muscled,” he said. “They produce the type of lambs that buyers want.” Ken targets an average carcase of 24.5 kilograms carcaseweight, […]
Supplied Pattison APDAS1 Breeding the lambs that everyone wants Tom and Judy Pattinson’s Poll Dorset-sired lambs get the attention of every buyer in the market. Farming at Marrar, 40 kilometres north of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, the Pattinsons run 1200 first-cross ewes joined to Poll Dorset rams across 800 hectares. They also grow canola, milling oats, barley, wheat and lupins. They join their […]
150915 AL Hurn (2) Pushing towards a magic number in the Barossa When it comes to lambing percentages, there is a magic number in mind for Barossa Valley producer William Hurn, South Australia – 140 percent.  And, according to William, using Poll Dorset rams over first-cross Border Leicester-Merino ewes is a vital tool in helping him work towards that figure. William farms south of Angaston with wife […]