An emphasis on survival, growth and meat yield has recently paid dividends for Gooramma Poll Dorset Stud.
Gooramma was awarded supreme ram exhibit of the Hamilton Sheepvention, Australia’s largest sheep event.
The outstanding muscle and commercial attributes of the 13.5-month-old Gooramma ram was rewarded by over eight interbreed judges as it took out the major award after winning the senior and grand champion ram award of the Poll Dorset breed.
“Winning ribbons at the shows is certainly pleasing and a reflection on the emphasis into selecting the right balance of genetics, however, the success of our clients in their individual operations is paramount to the direction that we focus on as a stud,” stud owner James Corcoran said this week.
The highly regarded ram exhibit, Gooramma 246-2016, was a June 2016 drop ram weighing 140kg with eye muscle depth of 51mm.
“246’s mother has been DNA tested for many genetic traits and has been identified as a superior ewe. She will be used extensively in an embryo transfer program in the coming months”, Mr Corcoran said.
While the ram’s successful show career is now complete, work has just begun for the ram, who will enter quarantine along with 4 other Gooramma sires for semen export to over 5 countries.
“Our focus is breed rams that satisfy the commercial prime lamb industry; and to have the judge’s tick of approval at show like the Hamilton Sheepvention, it is defiantly an added bonus,” Mr Corcoran said.