Valley Vista rams breed heavy lambs fast

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AWARDED: Valley Vista 344-18 was Reserve Senior Champion Poll Dorset Ram at the Australasian Dorset Championships in Bendigo. Photo: Supplied.

AWARDED: Valley Vista 344-18 was Reserve Senior Champion Poll Dorset Ram at the Australasian Dorset Championships in Bendigo. Photo: Supplied.

WITH the seasons remaining tight, Valley Vista says that now is the time to make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck on hectares farmed and feed on offer.

"With prices at record highs and supply down, turning off prime lambs with rapid growth that are in high demand from processors is an obvious option," says the team at Valley Vista.

As they also pointed out, new season Poll Dorset-sired lambs have been making close to $250 for 22kg carcass weight lots already this year, and the Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator still sits at 800c/kg, despite the spring flush having started to hit the market in NSW.

"At Valley Vista Poll Dorset Stud in Coolac, prime lamb sires are bred for high growth rate, length and muscle, as well as being structurally sound and ready to work in any environment," they explain.

Valley Vista also explained that they have focussed on keeping their best genetics in good order, and that has meant culling hard for anything that can't stand up to the pressure of poor seasons, meaning their rams have been bred to perform the same way.

"We have been consistently culling out underachieving stock so that selection pressure flows through to our clients," Valley Vista principal Andrew Scott said.

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"One of the main selection criteria is selecting for high growth rate," Mr Scott said.

"All lambs are weighed at weaning and then twice more at thirty day intervals.

"These weights are converted to grams/day, lower than 300 to 350 grams/day are culled and generally the lambs doing better than 300 to 350 grams/day are retained in the stud."

Valley Vista and Valley Vista Park: Champion and Reserve Champion Junior Rams at the NSW Dorset Championships in Cowra this year. Photo: Supplied.

Valley Vista and Valley Vista Park: Champion and Reserve Champion Junior Rams at the NSW Dorset Championships in Cowra this year. Photo: Supplied.

The early growth and maturity, as well as structural correctness of their rams was on show at the NSW Dorset Championship in Cowra earlier this year, where their sires won the Junior Champion and Reserve Junior Champion awards.

At the Australasian Dorset Championships in Bendigo this week, Valley Vista continued to prove the strength of their female flock, when they were awarded Champion Poll Dorset Ewe, with Valley Vista 334-18.

The ewe was also supreme short wool exhibit at the Canberra Royal Show and Reserve Champion Poll Dorset Ewe at the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year.

Valley Vista also won Reserve Senior Champion Ram at the event, and placed fifth and sixth in the Champion of Champions competition, with 12 of the best rams from across the country being judged.

Valley Vista will hold its 16th annual on-property sale on Friday October 4, 2019, offering 10 select sires and 140 flock rams. Inspections are available from 10am and the sale starts 1:30pm.

"Stockscan and Lambplan data is available for all rams, which are OJD vaccinated and Brucellosis accredited."