Putting a focus on key commercial traits

STUD co-principal Dane Rowley with Springwaters 66-16 “Pocock”, which was named Supreme Exhibit at Sydney Royal.

STUD co-principal Dane Rowley with Springwaters 66-16 “Pocock”, which was named Supreme Exhibit at Sydney Royal.

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AN EMPHASIS on key commercial traits in the breeding program at Springwaters Poll Dorset Stud has developed a consistent line of rams, producing top quality prime lambs for its clients.

Heavy muscling, early maturity and consistency are major profit drivers for lamb producers targeting trade and export markets.

Springwaters rams deliver this, providing clients with market flexibility and the best chance of maximum prices for lambs.

The rams are renowned for high growth rates at an early age, making them ideally suited for sucker production.

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The flock rams are finished on grass, without grain supplementation, ensuring muscling and carcass shape in sale rams will be displayed in the progeny.

The Rowley family supplies rams throughout NSW. 

"We focus on breeding commercial rams,” co-principal Dane Rowley said. “It's nice to come up with a few elite animals, but for us it's about putting together a line of rams from lot one to lot 175. 

"We are selling more rams to clients who take a professional approach to prime lamb production and they are giving us a lot of feedback that helps us align our breeding program with their bottom line.”

It has been a successful year for the stud with progeny of their rams achieving premium prices over the hooks and in the sale yards.

There has also been show ring success – Springwaters “Pocock” was awarded Supreme Prime Lamb Exhibit at the Sydney Royal Easter show and Supreme Exhibit at the NSW Dorset Championships. “Pocock” is considered the best ram Springwaters has bred.

Up to 30 rams by the same sire will be offered at the annual ram sale on Friday, September 29 at 1pm on-property at "Corcorans Plains", Boorowa. There will be 175 rams offered for sale, with lunch provided and inspections welcome.