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It surprises me how much we use the autodrafter, how easy it is to use, and how well the sheep go through it. It seems the more they use it they quicker they go through. Ours is a Pratley air draft, 3 way with swing gates. A five way draft would have been handy, and […]

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How do the rams look? It’s common for “stud” breeders to make the claim – this year’s rams are the best we have ever bred. Mostly makes me laugh a bit. Invariably this comment is made from a visual perspective, but really, can anyone visually recall a group of rams from 12 months ago well […]

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After a moderately successful attempt at embryo transfer (ET) in 2015, and a very poor result in 2016, our program this year has been by far the most successful. We programmed 6 Poll Dorset ewes for flushing this year and on Feb 6 flushed 46 embryos from those ewes. That’s 7.7 embryos per donor, easily […]

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Selecting rams for this years sire teams has been one of the most challenging I have experienced for a number of years. If you’re not sure of your breeding objective, that selection is always more difficult. In 2016 we had Sheep Genetics analysis changes that made quite significant differences to eating quality. What were formerly research […]

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This year we have run our ewe lambs as tough as we ever have (except in a drought) in an attempt to actually slow their growth so that they don’t end up as big as adults.  Surprisingly they have still managed to put on 0.16 kg/day per day in the 10 weeks from scanning (muscle, […]

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Liz and I were excited to have been selected by the Weekly Times journalists as one of 3 finalists in the 2015 Coles Weekly Times Farmer of the Year. Whilst we didn’t go on to win the award, on the night, it was very humbling to have been a finalist alongside some of the most […]

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Its been a hectic couple of weeks at Felix Rams, as it always is at joining time. This year we have used 4 2015 drop Poll Dorset rams lambs and 4 2015 WS ram lambs, along with 4 adult Poll Dorset rams – a total of 12 individual sire joining paddocks. We have also artificially […]

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A lot more happens behind the scenes in a modern, performance focused ram breeding operation. While most lamb producers focus on 2 or 3 traits when buying rams (traits like growth rate, fat, muscle and birthweight), as breeders we now have 9 different traits included in our selection index of ebvs. Clearly the primary profit […]

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Preg tested the backups (dries from the earlier joining) and the ewe lambs today. Ended up with 51% of the ewe lambs in lamb from a 4 week single sire joining. Not our best result, but also no where near the worst. 5.9% dries in the adults was higher than we normally end up with. […]

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