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With 2000 stud breeding ewes, Baringa and Seriston are the biggest users of ASBV in the Australian Caucasian breed.

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If you want to take advantage of high lamb prices but don’t have the time or money for the traditional inputs associated with intensive care animals, then the Australian White might be the breed for you.

Two pioneers of the breed, Baringa Sheep Stud and Seriston Pastoral Company, will join forces to offer premier rams at Seriston’s on-site sale at Avenue Range, via Lucindale, South Australia, on Monday October 17, and from new on Friday, October 21, for the fifth annual Northern Australian Pastoral White Sale, at the Jamestown Showgrounds, SA.

The studs will offer 60 of their best stud and herd rams to Avenue Range, and they have selected another 100 rams for the Jamestown sale.

The Baringa/Seriston Australian White does not require shearing, pruning, lice treatment or mulesing. They also mature quickly, allowing them to gain weight faster, and they produce meat of high taste quality.

Baringa Sheep Stud owner Brayden Gilmore said rams cataloged for upcoming sales will not be shorn or fed on the day of the sale.

“This will allow potential buyers to see their performance in the paddock,” Mr Gilmore said.

In 2008 Baringa teamed up with four other stud farms to help create the first Australian White Sheep. By 2012 they had developed their own genetic base and retired from the base herd.

Soon after, Seriston participated in an embryo transfer program to create a twin stud on their genetics. Since then, both studs have used the latest technology and they have grown by leaps and bounds.

Baringa and Seriston’s large breeding base allows studs to continue to focus on hoof structure, skin type and general accuracy to provide their clients with genetics that will handle their conditions.

Mr Gilmore said that when the breed was launched, many farmers in his area were starting to grow out of sheep and focused mainly on cattle.

“This was mainly due to the amount of extra work required for the sheep. So we decided to produce an easy-to-care-for animal that didn’t require as much shearing. We wanted to raise a sheep that a handpiece would never have. to touch.

“We knew it would take time to really get down to business and make sure our results were consistent, but it actually happened a lot quicker than we expected. Now 90% of our herd doesn’t never had a handpiece near them. That’s how far we’ve come.”

Seriston Pastoral Company owner Anthony Hurst said a lot of work has been done on what type of hair they have on sheep and what gene they have for shedding abilities.

“What we’re finding now is that a lot of our sheep aren’t getting any wool at all. It’s just a winter coat they’re losing,” Mr Hurst said.

Although the skin of the Baringa/Seriston Australian White is one of its main selling points, it is by no means the only one. It is an under-groomed animal in all areas and thanks to its state-of-the-art breeding program, it has managed to pass from one generation to the next in just eleven years.

With 2000 stud breeding ewes, Baringa and Seriston are the biggest users of ASBV in the Australian Caucasian breed.

“We are starting to see great results with our ASBVs, with many animals in the upper percentiles for BWT, PFAT, IMF and SHRF5,” Gilmore said.

“We use DNA, genomics, electronic verification, embryo transfers, trait measurements and indexing to track the progress of our breeding programs and ensure consistent results.”

He said their broad breeding base allows studs to continue to focus on hoof structure, skin type and overall accuracy to provide their clients with genetics that will handle their conditions.

“While comparing data with all other breeds, we also continue to enter selected bulls into the resource herd to increase the accuracy of our data and ensure our animals continue to improve on all traits.

“As a founding member and stud of the Australian Caucasian Breed, our customers can be assured that all animals are purebred and of the highest quality.”

Both stud farms are also working with Sheep Genetics to track their feed quality progress, to ensure their lambs are even more valuable to customers.

Both stud farms are also working with Sheep Genetics to track their feed quality progress, to ensure their lambs are even more valuable to customers.

The Baringa and Seriston lines are revolutionizing the herds of commercial breeders in a multitude of climates. From the coast inland to tropical Queensland, the feedback they’ve received is that the animals are adapting quickly and thriving.

“Over the past three years we have seen a big increase in the number of Australian whites being used versus maternal composite flocks with the benefit of live lambs and a push towards less shearing,” Mr Gilmore said.

“The biggest savings we hear about is saving time. They spend less time shearing them, pruning them, and running them through sheds shearing and chasing flies. We also don’t have problem with flystrike because of their coat,” he said.

“They also don’t make mules and we’re even starting to leave their tails because they have a shorter tail that’s full of hair.

“We’ve done studies that have shown that ewes with tails can reproduce at the same percentages as ewes without tails. So we find that’s a real positive and it’s just one less manipulation.”

Both sales will begin at 11 a.m. They will be interfaced via the AuctionsPlus online platform, where photos and videos of all rams selected for sale will be available.

In addition, stud farms offer free shipping wherever possible to buyers.

For more information contact Brayden Gilmore of Baringa Sheep Stud on 0409 363 524 or Anthony Hurst of Seriston Pastoral Company on 0428 332 676.

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