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Inaugural sale day for Saber Poll Dorset stud

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September 08, 2017

Steve Fawns inspects sheep at The Ohio Sheep Stud operated by the Potter Family at Gore, New Zealand.

Saber Poll Dorset stud will be hosting its inaugural on-farm ram sale at Morvah Park, Deniliquin on September 15.

Stud owners Steve and Linda Fawns have invested heavily in genetics and say they are seeing the rewards with early growth and quick maturing lambs.

‘‘Our stud has been participating in Lambplan, an objective measurement program, for the past six years,’’ Mr Fawns said.

‘‘We’re really pleased with the uplift in performance figures for our flock whilst maintaining structure and conformation of the animals.’’

Last year the Fawns’ became members of Meat Elite, Australia’s leading Poll Dorset progeny testing group and attended a two day conference in Melbourne recently.

ME members are regarded as industry leaders in performance genetics and are seeking to improve traditional Australian Sheep Breeding Values while focusing on eating quality through genomics testing.

As part of the event, the pair learned from industry-level guest speakers, including Mark Inglis from JBS Australia and representatives from LambPlan.

Mr Inglis spoke on the changing consumer trends and the supply of premium tasting lamb.

‘‘Australian consumers are looking for smaller portion cuts of tender, easy-to-prepare dishes,’’ Mr Fawns said.

All Saber rams are vet checked prior to sale.

Sale inspection starts at 10.30am on September 15, with selling from 12.30pm. A light lunch will be provided.

Agents for the sale are Rodwells Deniliquin — Steve Arentz on 0429814403 and Justin Barker on 0400714718.

Morvah Park is located on Moonee Swamp Rd and Saber Poll Dorset Stud was founded in 1958.

It is the 17th oldest stud in Australia and 2018 marks its 70th year as a registered stud.

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