Top genes a priority for Gooramma

HIGH growth rate is a vital trait in prime lamb productivity, with Gooramma prioritising rams to produce faster growing lambs that can be sold earlier and require less work.
HIGH growth rate is a vital trait in prime lamb productivity, with Gooramma prioritising rams to produce faster growing lambs that can be sold earlier and require less work.

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Top genetics from one of Australia’s largest Poll Dorset flocks will be on offer at the Corcoran family’s annual on-property ram sale.

Extensive genetic selection and implementation of on-farm technology has given Gooramma clients the edge with their prime lamb operations.

“The stud strives to produce high performing, structurally sound and, most importantly, economically enhancing genetics that increase the profitability of our clients’ prime lamb enterprise,” Mr Corcoran said.

“Clients using Gooramma sires have consistently set the benchmark in the district for growth and yield.

“The feedback we are getting from abattoirs is very positive. They are seeking out Gooramma-sired lambs as they know the product is extremely consistent and aligns with the specifications they require to sell into the domestic and international markets.

“We don’t like to get complacent, so we are constantly adding value to Gooramma genetics through DNA technology.”  

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Gooramma was the first Australian stud to use cold tolerance gene marker DNA technology and has continued using this tool for over seven years to increase lamb survival and ensure their clients can maximise their lamb output.

“The use of DNA technology is actively used within our breeding program to identify high performing animals and to remain at the forefront of the prime lamb industry,” Mr Corcoran said.

Gooramma also uses multiple quantitative genetic programs, embracing both the Lambplan and Stockscan systems.

Gooramma has seen some extraordinary muscle scanning results within the 2018 sale rams.

“These rams are proven grass performers,” Mr Corcoran said. “The 2018 muscle scanning results confirm that our breeding program produces repeatable and consistent genetics, regardless of the season.”

There will be 110 high-performance Poll Dorset rams offered at the 2018 Gooramma ram sale, with inspections from 11.30am and the sale itself commencing at 1.30pm.

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