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Poll Dorset-Merino cross line takes win 25 September 2020

WHEN WAMMCO asked its June 2020 Producer of the Month winner Roger Bilney, Kojonup, to nominate the most significant example of technological change in the livestock operation of his family's farming business, he replied "genetics."

Poll Dorset genetics take WAMMCO prize 25 September 2020

A passion for high-performance Poll Dorset genetics, and a proven farm business formula continue to keep Walkaway breeder Randal Levett in the WA Meat Marketing Co-operative winners’ circle.

Analysing on-farm, carcase performance of Poll Dorset sires 25 September 2020

STUDS have been carefully selecting genetics based on visual assessment and Australian Sheep Breeding Values for many years, but the Poll Dorset breed is taking the next step, by analysing on-farm and carcase performance to help producers make more informed breeding decisions. Twelve Poll Dorset studs from across the country are testing their genetics in the Bowan Park progeny trial, run by NSW stud Ridgehaven.

Potential of the Poll Dorset being realised in south west 25 September 2020

Galong graziers Hugh and Fran Flanery are primed to continue producing the highest quality first-cross Poll Dorset lambs they can.

From across the ditch 17 September 2020

Ian McCall President NZ Poll Dorset Breed Committee. Greetings to you all, from Poll Dorset NZ. As part of our breeder’s annual levies the NZ breed committee decided to give each flock, your Poll Dorset Magazine. We thank you for the opportunity to contribute to it as well.

60 years of Faraday Park 17 September 2020

Flock 320 Faraday Park is celebrating 60 years of operation in 2020 and the Tasmanian stud is going from strength to strength.

New Sheeptrax Website 17 September 2020

Courtesy of APDA Sponsor Zoetis Dr Matthew Playford from Dawbuts, Australia’s leading veterinary parasitology laboratory in Camden NSW, has been involved in developing the ground-breaking website, SheepTRAX ( in conjunction with Zoetis.

BOM: Climate outlook overview 17 September 2020

The remainder of September is likely to be warmer than average across most of Australia, with roughly equal chances of warmer or cooler days and nights on parts of the south coast, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Heathmar females on offer for the first time 25 August 2020

The oldest Poll Dorset stud still operating in Victoria will offer ewes for the first time in its 65 year history.

Dam smart device for pedigree matching 25 August 2020

The SmartShepherd system has been used by one Poll Dorset breeder this year to increase accuracy and decrease workload of collecting dam pedigree.

ADC Sale goes Online 25 August 2020

The Australasian Dorset Championships have embraced a new format this year, with lots to be offered solely online via AuctionsPlus.

Lamb size crucial to survive and thrive 25 August 2020

Producers often correlate lambing ease directly with ram genetics, and while selecting the right sire is always important, there are a other key factors at play.

Sheep Genetics Update September 2020 25 August 2020

- New search site - More genotype providers - Sheep Genetics remains free

MLA’s 2020 Sheep Industry Projections June update 30 June 2020

Lamb production to fall as restocker demand lifts: MLA

Neogen: Why use genomics when breeding Poll Dorset’s? 30 June 2020

Neogen Australasia’s Territory Manager for South Australia and Western Australia, Dan Roe, said genomic technology may have once been daunting for breeders and complicated to adopt, but for those new to genomics the current range of sheep DNA tests were simple to use and the results easy to interpret.

MLA: Not all sheepmeat fat is equal 30 June 2020

Where fat is laid down in the live animal, either within the muscle (intramuscular fat) or around it (subcutaneous fat), plays vastly different roles when it comes to eating quality and carcase yield.

Prime product complimentary to Merinos 22 May 2020

YASS sheep producer Frank Kaveney describes using Poll Dorset sires in his Merino operation as both “complementary” and good for “cash flow”.

Lifting Lamb Survival 1 May 2020

HIGH scanning rates are a great measure of potential, according to Bayer Grow’s Rick White. But managing nutrition through pregnancy to marking is the indicator of the amount of potential you are utilising on-farm.

Frank celebrates 50 years of Fairbank 1 May 2020

THE Poll Dorset breed’s unofficial Tasmanian reporter-on-the-ground Frank Badcock is modest about his sheep breeding success. But anyone in the business will know running a successful stud for 50 years is about as successful as it gets.

Youth Yarns May 2020 1 May 2020

Youth Members in Focus

Market Update: 2020 So Far 25 April 2020

Courtesy Tom Rookyard, AuctionsPlus 2020 has been unlike any year in living memory. After 2019 which saw growers faced with floods and bushfires at the bookends of the year respectively; and was the warmest and driest year on record.

Winter supply shortfall to stoke prices 25 April 2020

WHILE the future impacts of the current Covid-19 pandemic on all agriculture commodities is still unknown, sheep and lamb prices have started the year off historically strong.

Bowan Park Research Flock Results 1 February 2020

The Bowan Park Research Flock delivered its first season of results to ram contributors in 2019. The trial, following lambs from conception to kill floor, has provided extensive data for the breed, and the rams for season two of the trial have now been selected.

Terminal Carcase Production (TCP) Index 1 January 2020

Courtesy of Sheep Genetics Australia The Australian sheep breeding value Lambplan index Carcase Plus has been an important index for the sheepmeat industry but it has been found to have a negative impact on eating quality. Because of this and the industry’s focus on delivering high eating quality outcomes for consumers, the index will be retired in March 2020.

Tattykeel wins Champion of Champions 4 December 2019

Tattykeel stud at Oberon has won the inaugural WFI Champion of Champions Poll Dorset ram competition at the Australasian Dorset Championships in Bendigo.

Laurie Thompson receives Life Membership 1 December 2019

Laurie Thompson has been inspecting Poll Dorsets at the Melbourne Royal for 49 years - “hopefully I wrack up 50 in 2020 and it might be time to retire”.

Vaccination key to fighting Campy 1 December 2019

EWES that were scanned in lamb and didn’t deliver a live one could have the campylobacter bacteria. Coopers Animal Health’s Jane Morrison says it is one of the three big causes of sheep abortion in Australia.

Poll Dorset weight gains win approval at Locmaria 1 October 2019

LOCMARIA Farms via Hynam sits on the South Australian and Victorian divide, with property on both sides of the border. It doesn’t however sit on the fence when it comes to selecting the best performing terminal sires, picking Poll Dorsets every time.

Big lambing results despite big dry 1 September 2019

BEN Shanks has been feeding his 4000 First-Cross ewes for the best part of three years, but is defying the dry with strong results - on-farm and in the saleyard.

50 years of Coledale 1 September 2019

WALLACE Binnie has been breeding Poll Dorset for 50 years, but he’s far from old-school when it comes to his stud. Starting with 40 ewes to breed rams for his family’s farm, Wallace soon “caught the bug for the stud job” as he puts it.

Passion for Poll Dorsets continues for Max 22 March 2019

Poll Dorsets have long been a passion for the Douglas family, with Max Kenneth Douglas, 77, a third generation studmaster of Dorset sheep.

Poll Dorsets play important role in Riverina production 22 March 2019

The renowned fast-growth of Poll Dorset crosses allow Ben and Narelle Robilliard to achieve a fast turnover for prime lambs in the New South Wales Riverina.

Poll Dorset performance key to upping demand 20 March 2019

Consistency of performance is crucial for sheep producer Brad Smith and it’s what makes him a staunch advocate for the use of Poll Dorset rams.