Genetics backing up Strathview’s record

STRATHVIEW stud principal Tim Lubke checking lambs with son Simeon, 3, and daughter Louisa, 1.

STRATHVIEW stud principal Tim Lubke checking lambs with son Simeon, 3, and daughter Louisa, 1.

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STRATHVIEW Maternal Genetics is this year celebrating 30 years of performance recording in southern NSW.

Since the purchase of the registered maternal ewe flock 28 from Narrambla, Tim Lubke and his wife Bek have experienced ongoing success, now selling well over 100 rams each year.

The Strathview commercial flock of 2500 ewes has averaged 189 per cent scanned in lamb over the last four years.

New Zealand Coopworth genetics, with a performance recording history of more than 55 years, have been introduced into the stud almost every year since the stud began.

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Strathview composite maternals have also been developed as an easy care, tighter skin line.

The stud has continued to use Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBV) to monitor the progress and make a direct comparison to other maternal stud flocks.

Strathview has a strong focus on lamb survival.

The breeding program has a long history of selecting ewes that stay close to their lambs and take them to a sizeable weight at weaning.

Birth weights are recorded to ensure ease of lambing and strength is maintained to handle adverse weather events.

The ewe lambs are early maturing, with a farmer in the Young district of NSW recorded 94 per cent conception rate in his Strathview second-cross ewes joined at eight months of age.

Strathview lambs also have exceptional growth rates.

A Henty farmer recorded an average of 330 grams per head per day live weight gain over six weeks on his grazing canola.

Strathview rams are used in many first-cross and self-replacing ewe flocks.

The Strathview ram sale will be held on October 10 from noon, as a Helmsman auction.

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