Livestock

Data drives decisions

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September 21, 2017

Rams in the paddock at the Tatura East property.

Katie and Rob McCartney with some of the Yentrac sheep being prepared to go to the Dorset Championships in Bendigo over the weekend.

Yentrac Ram Sale 2017

Yentrac Poll Dorset and Southdown stud will hold an on-farm ram sale next week, featuring 90 Poll Dorsets and 12 Southdowns.

The sixth sale of its kind, hosted by the McCartney family from Tatura East, will see a strong group of rams across the board as well as the unveiling of the family’s new sheep shed.

Rob McCartney described the old shed as ‘‘past its use-by date’’.

‘‘A highlight will be the opening of our new yards — it will be a shame to dirty them,’’ Mr McCartney said.

‘‘It will make it easier on me and the stock.’’

Mr McCartney said Stockscan data would be used for the sale and that the family scanned early to determine which rams were suitable for lambing.

‘‘Stockscan data will be in the catalogue and on the pens on the day,’’ he said.

‘‘We scan early in the year to provide figures showing which are suitable for producing lambs.’’

When looking for a ram Mr McCartney said length and muscle were important.

â– The Yentrac sale will be held on Wednesday, September 27 at 110 Craven Rd, Tatura with inspections at 11am before the sale starts at 1pm.

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