Staying with first-cross ewes at Collingullie

The production of second-cross prime lambs is the main enterprise for Stephen Bruckner on the family farm, Ruby Park, Collingullie, and it complements a 1500 head Merino ewe flock and 1500ha of winter crop.

And the Riverina-based sheep producer believes his 4000 first-cross ewes are the best dams for his purpose when joined to terminal Poll Dorset rams.

On the 3500ha property purchased by his father Robert in the mid-1960’s, Mr Bruckner breeds his own first-cross ewes, and preferring to source the Merino dams from western Riverna sales at Hay, Hillston or Jerilderie.

The plain-bodied Merino ewes are joined to Border Leicester rams mainly bought from the Gleneith $uperBorder$ stud bred by the Kember family at Ganmain.

“I like the first-cross ewe for their good frame size so we have ease of lambing, their fertility and we get a good sized lamb,” he said.

“I have considered skipping the first-cross ewe and maybe putting a White Suffolk over a Merino which is popular but we are being rewarded well in the yards with what are doing at the moment.”

The ease of lambing is a significant factor for Mr Bruckner when he said he rarely checks his ewes during lambing.

Article from The Land
Stephen Burns
August 31 2022

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