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TURKEY LANE RAM SALE

Monday 9th November 2020- Inspection 12pm, sale at 2pm

2020 certainly has had it challenges with fires and COVID19 but we are making our way back with what we believe is our best ever yarding.  Our 2019 drop rams have been dealt a bit differently this year as they were our only surviving rams on the property.  All ram lambs were fed on an adlib diet (lupins and barley) to promote growth and stamina for mating.  The majority of rams on offer were used for mating which achieved a 96% pregnancy rate.  Because of this different management regime, mating was not concluded until 4th May and the rams weren’t shorn until the 8th May (month later than usual).  Those who have visited Turkey Lane before will notice a bigger framed animal as they have been treated as commercial sheep in previous years and not given this special treatment.

This is our 20th drop of lambs since closing the flock and using ASBVs as a selection tool for decreasing micron and increasing wool cut.  We have been targeting sires with high clean fleece weights and low micron, the graphs below demonstrate our improvement.  We continue efforts to breed sheep that are free of fleece fault and this 2019 drop has the best results to date. 

Improvements

For the past four years we have been entering rams into Sire Evaluation site at Balmoral (15-0077 – linked sire, 15-0071, 17-0060 and 17-0055) with 15-0077 and 15-0071 hogget progeny this year leading in many of traits including tops, culls, FD, WT, EMD, FAT, GFW, SL & SS.  The results from these trails are available on the following link

These rams present an excellent opportunity to maximise farm profitability.  We are proud to be presenting high performing rams with all figures highlighted in blue, indicating rams in the top 10% in Australia.  Natural mate sires used for this drop are Turkey Lane 17-0055, Turkey Lane 16-0065, Turkey Lane 17-0060, with Yalgoo 150313 and Woodyarrup 140149 through our AI program.  

The fire in January devastated infrastructure and livestock with 45% of sheep lost, however most affected were our weaners (96% loss), ram team (100% loss) nucleus ewes (60% loss) but our adult weathers (1% loss) and fortunately our ram lambs only had a 4% loss. Therefore, we have a much larger yarding for sale this year than we will for the next couple of years.  This year’s sale we believe is a buyers’ market with extra ram numbers of exceptional quality.    

MerinoSelect 2020 Ram Sale Catalogue  or PDF 2020 Ram Sale Catalogue

For more information contact – John 0428592234 or Hannah 0418899298