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PENDARRA WHITE SUFFOLK STUD and PERFORMANCE plus GENETICS.
We will frequently use this page as a notice board to let you know what is happening within our stud and allow new visitors to our site to see some of the highlights over the past few years.
A lot has happenned this year so roll down to read the following topics;
Our commitment to high performance genetics
In keeping with our breeding objectives using high performance genetics, we have purchased shares in 3 of the top 2004 drop young rams within the White Suffolk breed. As part of the SuperWhite group we have shares in the Number 1 ranked ram, Mount Ronan 612/04 (C+ 222.6 ), Mount Ronan 811/04 (C+ 212.5) and have possession share of Detpa Grove 486/04 (C+ 213.4). (These figures will change over time so check) All these rams have well balanced Carcase + figures with positive muscle and will be well used in the 2005/06 joining program. The Mount Ronan rams will be selectively used in our AI program having outstanding carcase and structure. Detpa Grove 486/04 will be kept busy in our natural joining program having outstanding length and cacase attributes after being part of the winning pair in the Tatiara lamb production class at Adelaide Royal 2005 for Detpa Grove.
We have also purchased a half share with Almondvale in an outstanding young sire from Detpa Grove, 641/04 who was first noticed at Adelaide Royal 2005 where he was placed 2nd in the August drop class and has since been very high on our list of potential sire purchases. We believe this young sire with his exceptional muscling and strength will breed well beyond his current Carcase + performance index.
We have also added 2 outstanding young sires from Leahcim to our sire team, 71/04 who was part of 2nd placed pair in the Tatiara production class at Adelaide 2005, and 185/04 who has a Carcase + index of 189 and has lambs on the ground at Leahcim. Leahcim 71/04 was given the highest score for structure and correctness in the 2005 Tatiara class at Adelaide. These young sires have each been sired by Leahcim sires with outstanding performance records, 71/04 by Leahcim 63/03 who was part of the winning Tatiara performance class pairs at Adelaide 2004 and 185/04 sired by Leahcim 101/03 who is currently ranked in the top 10 performance sires.
2 New additions to our White Dorper Genetics
With increasing interest in the White Dorper side of our stud and the success of our composite breeding program, we purchased 2 outstanding young sires at the recent National Dorper sale at Dubbo. Both from the Glen Park stud at Wentworth, the introduction of these 2 sires will provide us with a new genetic line from which to continue our breeding programs. GP 680/04 is a great muscle sire, very smooth structure and great carcase depth that will add plenty to our White Dorper stud. GP 417/04 is a very interesting sheep with an outstanding muscle scan at the sale of 42 mm @ 74.5 Kgs, a very soft skin with great length and style and more than likely will be used as part of our composite breeding program next year.
Glen park 680/04 ($9500) & Glen Park 417/04
Dubbo Show 2005 and our Lambing Begins
A very strong result at Dubbo where 160 Sheep were entered from across all areas of NSW. We collected 12 place ribbons spread evenly between classes which included 6 first or second placings, three of the second placings being behind either the Champion or Reserve Champions. Once again our sheep were noted for their muscling and carcase attributes by both the judge and those inspecting our sheep. Plenty of interest was shown in 2 rams in particular, Pendarra 3238/04 who was once again outstanding in a large class finishing behind the Reserve Champion Ram and Pendarra 2353/03 who finished 2nd in the two tooth ram class.
Pendarra 2353/03 is a ram that was not used as a ram lamb last year, has great length and muscle, a very deep ram with great type and shape, he is also proving to be great whitener, and has some outstanding lambs on the ground from this years joining. He is sired by Penrise 1/00
Pendarra 2732/03, "Jack", is continuing to impress as a young sire with many of the outstanding young lambs on the ground to date. The style and growth he himself showed as a young lamb is showing through in his progeny and we have already used a 2004 August drop ram lamb ram sired by "Jack". Many of the young ram lambs we used this year are showing promise and with more yet to lamb, we look forward to these hitting the ground.
One ram lamb used that already has some impressive lambs is Pendarra 3050/04. Even at a couple of weeks old, these lambs are showing exceptional growth and potential. He has been selected for the series 10, National SuperWhite program.
showing potential @ 2 weeks old 2nd in class at Dubbo 2005
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Sydney Royal Easter - 2005
At one of the strongest Sydney Royal shows in many years for the White Suffolk breed, we had outstanding success with 5 First, 4 Second and 6 Third placings from a total of 14 classes as well as Most Successful Exhibitor in the White Suffolk Section. We were also successful in winning the Peter Taylor Memorial Group class, one of the most sought after honours, and then went on to represent the White Suffolk breed in the Interbreed.
All our sheep continually impressed the judge with their muscling and commercial suitability, none more so than Pendarra 3238/04 who won the young ram class (born after July) and then led the group of 1 ram and 2 ewes to the win in the Peter Taylor Memorial.
Pendarra 3238/04 "DUDLEY Winning Peter Taylor Memorial Group
Impressive at Sydney Royal 2005 Sydney Royal 2005
PIRD Trial Results Indicate we are Performing Well
The results from the 2003/04 PIRD trial conducted in South Australia using 13 prominent White Suffolk sires and 2 top Poll Dorset sires has been released. The 3 sires that were entered from our sire team have performed exceptionally well and indicate we are using genetics that perform well above average under commercial environments. All sires were joined to Merino ewes and run commercially with a range of commercially relevant traits measured over a 300 day period.
Below is a summary of the results with our 3 sires highlighted (yellow) and the top ranked performers for selected traits highlighted in blue.
(Kg VARIATION FROM AVERAGE) (COMMERCIAL TRAITS AT 250 DAYS)
Kg Red Meat includes bone weight
Muscle to Fat Ratio gives the Kgs of lean red meat (not boned) per Kg of fat
Muscle to Fat + Bone Ratio gives the Kgs of lean red meat (boned out) per Kg of Fat + Bone
When the percentage of waste (bone + fat) is calculated as a percentage of total carcase weight, all 3 sires in our team ranked 1,2,3 for the lowest % of waste, that is, the highest percentage of saleable red meat per carcase. All three are close to, or below 30% waste. AV119 (27.3%) and LAM006 (29.5%) are the only sires below 30% with DG 100 fractionally over at 30.4% wastage per carcase. The highest sire in the trial was 40.1% fat and bone (waste) per caracse.
While these results give us confidence we are using genetics that will result in higher returns for commercial lamb producers, we realise they must be analysed in the knowledge that this is one trial under one set of commercial conditions. However these sires have been used extensively within our stud over a number of years and these results, as well as client feedback, indicate we have a very good commercial focus in our breeding program that serves our ram clients well.
LAM 006 was consistently outstanding, being well above average for growth at all times with the heaviest lambs from 150 days through to the completion of the trial. These lambs looked very even and presented exceptionally well at an open day held just before the trial was finalised. They killed out well with the highest average carcase weight, $value and lean muscle weight for all ages/weights.
Detpa Grove 100 showed exceptional early growth which was no surprise to us as this is exactly what we have found when using him in our stud. He was also relatively lean which resulted in high red meat yields and his progeny were statistically one of the most even group of lambs.
Anna Villa 119 stood out in the area of carcase attributes. With growth around average at all times during the trial, a high dressing percentage with high muscle to fat and fat + bone ratio put his progeny among the top value carcases. AV119 had the highest percentage of saleable red meat per carcase, an attribute that has been his trademark for many years, and a reason why he has been extensively used both within our stud and by plenty of other breeders.
Avago sets Australian Record
Avago recently purchased the top price ewe at the PLG dispersal sale for an Australian Record price of $3600. The ewe has a Carcase + index of 180 with a muscle EBV of 2.14 and will be used in our embryo transfer program.The pick of the ewes at PLG, she has exceptional length and conformation with a very correct frame. We are eagerly awaiting the first drop of lambs from this outstanding ewe.
Australian White Suffolk Assoc. Sire Trial - 2005
Pendarra and Avago studs have each entered sires in the 2005 National trial to be run at two sites,one located at Urana in NSW and the other at Wagin in WA. The trial is being run to evaluate young sires in commercial conditions over Merino ewes (Wagin) and Bond ewes (Urana) and each site will be testing around 8 White Suffolk sires including 2 link sires. Both these sires have been selected for their commercial attributes (growth and muscle) and their 'do ability' under commercial conditions.
The sires we have included in these trials are shown below.
AVAGO 3015/04 PENDARRA 2260/03
Site 1 Urana NSW Site 2 Wagin WA
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