Would you put fuel in your vehicle without knowing what it is and what it might do to the motor? Would you spread random chemicals over your crop without knowing if it is the appropriate fertiliser you need?
Using rams that have little or no genetic information on them is not a lot different to these scenarios.
Lambplan performance figures don't necessarily make a sheep better, but they do verify the level of performance you can expect to get with proper nutritional levels.
Lamb and sheep prices have never been higher, and the outlook remains positive, but at the same time there has never been a greater margin between top performing genetics and mediocre performance genetics.
Astute prime lamb producers who achieve greater profitability generally seek out top quality sires with verifiable high-performance genetics.
Those who use mediocre genetics are able to survive in these buoyant times, but those who seek out the verifiable best are the ones that will thrive.
Pepperton Poll Dorset or White Suffolk rams produced by Roger and Dianne Trewick at Elmore should be high on the list of possible suppliers for astute prime lamb producers.
Make no bones about it, the Trewicks' rams present extremely well straight out of the paddock with no masking from a pumped-up feeding regime.
However, it is their level of verifiable performance that is absolutely exceptional - the Pepperton flocks rank at the pinnacle of the meat sheep industry.
With a combined 760 breeding ewes in their two studs, the Pepperton flocks are ahead of industry averages on the Carcase Plus and Lamb Eating Quality (LEQ) indices, plus most individual trait EBVs.
The Trewicks hold an annual buyer friendly sale, this year on October 30, at the Elmore Field Days site. This is later than previous years to fit in better with regular clients.
They will be offering 108 of their top rams, 69 Poll Dorsets and 39 White Suffolks, with Glasser Total Sales Management and Elders Bendigo as joint selling agents.
Pepperton Rams have had no grain feeding, but have been run on dryland lucerne and pasture.
Backed up by guaranteed high health levels, commercial lamb producers and stud breeders have stock available to them that virtually guarantees a highly desirable and profitable prime lamb product in a quicker turnoff time.
The old adage says, "You get what you pay for in business and life."
The question remains on how many lamb and stud producers do their homework and join the Pepperton regulars on October 30 this year at Elmore.