A new approach creating success

ANDREW and Jodie Green are proud of their 10-year achievement of no mulesing after taking a new approach to breeding techniques in 2006.

ANDREW and Jodie Green are proud of their 10-year achievement of no mulesing after taking a new approach to breeding techniques in 2006.

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Andrew and Jodie Green of Aloeburn Poll Merinos are celebrating 10 years of no mulesing.

The decision was made in 2006 that the logical way forward in breeding Merino sheep in Australia was to select animals with naturally bare breaches who did not require mulesing.

The Aloeburn Poll Merino Stud has been working with Dr Jim Watts for 30 years, classing sheep under the SRS (Soft Rolling Skin) principles.

Their 4500-head flock is unmulesed and highly fertile and demonstrates excellent wool and muscle characteristics in its progeny. Adult sheep are cutting an average of 7.2kg/head/per annum of 19.5 micron wool and wether lambs are sold from nine to 12 months of age with carcasses dressing comparably to first cross wether lambs.

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Selection criteria for Aloeburn stud sires focuses on breeding a truly dual-purpose sheep. Selecting rams with the benefit of ASBV data has allowed Aloeburn to strengthen the performance of its commercial ewe flock.

All of the Aloeburn rams are paddock run and selected on their ability to perform without the use of substitute feeding or shedding.

The classed drop of 2015 rams will be available for purchase by private inspection from the end of September.

Aloeburn’s goal is to breed sound, productive, efficient sheep that are highly profitable and create a product that meets consumer demand.

Animal welfare and the sustainability of their land is the number-one priority in management decision making.

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