Livestock

Top ram’s offspring a highlight

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September 23, 2017

One hundred Poll Dorset flock rams will be sold at the Sammon Brothers 33rd annual sale on Friday at Shepparton Regional Saleyards.

One hundred Poll Dorset flock rams will be sold at the Sammon Brothers 33rd annual sale on Friday at Shepparton Regional Saleyards.

The sale will see the use of Stockscan scanning, which assesses rams at eight to 12 months of age for live weight, eye muscle width, eye muscle depth, fat depth and eye muscle area in addition to an eye muscle area to live weight ratio.

Sammon Brothers business partner Bill Sammon said this scanning process was the best of them all.

‘‘There are other methods of measuring but they don’t allow for that detail,’’ Mr Sammon said.

He said these figures were important to him as they helped determine carcase yields.

‘‘I have a great emphasis on the amount of meat as a ratio of the live weight of the animal.

‘‘I believe this is very important because normally (meat) yield is 48-50 per cent (of the carcase) and at current prices every one per cent increase in yield, is worth at least $6 per head.

‘‘We try to breed for this.’’

The highlight of the sale will be the offering of rams by the Majella stud’s new sire, which the Sammon Brothers purchased for $12500 two years ago.

When looking to add to the Bungeet stud, north of Benalla, Mr Sammon said he had to like the look of the sheep before he delved into the facts and figures.

‘‘Initially, I look at the sheep and have to like its structure, then I look at the figures.’’

■The Sammon Brothers stud sale will be held on Friday, September 22 at 12.30pm at Shepparton Regional Saleyards, with lunch provided from 11.30am. Free delivery is available for buyers.

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