Almost Easter. We weaned our Boyd & Rover lambs in Febuary all looking good with some impressive weaning weights even with the dry summer season we had. We have delayed rejoining our ewes for the first time ever just to give them some time to recover they do such an amazing job 30- 40kg lambs at 100 days in such harsh conditions.
The Dorper sale for Gunnedah 2013 has been postponed due to concerns of biosecurity implications of the OJD planned guideline changes. We have been faceal testing since 2010 and because we are a small stud all of our animals over 18month have been individually involved in the testing. OJD abc 6 points. Our rams available now for your 2013 joinings are the best rams we have produced. Prices start from $400. Ewe Prices start from $300.
The first week of summer and our property at Copmanhurst has been affected by bush fire the only area not burnt was the house and shed areas. Thanks to all the NSW Rural Fire Service personel who attended and everyone who assisted, and as usual two days later 150 mls of rain.
Here at Wooden Springs it remains dry we had 16 mls in a few storms, at last a tinge of green. The Dorpers as usual doing well lambing is just about finished. Shedding is just starting here some a bit slower than others. Bailey our alpaca had his annual hair cut always amusing to see. When we had really hot days Bailey would spend them standing in the water trough. I am sure he feels much cooler now. He usually just stands to be shorn this time he decided to lay down.
Spring here has been very dry, following a dry winter, much different to spring last year. So as usual we’re hoping for rain.
Our first Boyd lambs started in mid October, lambing is now almost finished. We have already selected a few keepers, very happy with what he has put on the ground, now its just wait a see how they grow.
So far 2012 has been a strangely emotional year, happy moments, really great things have been achieved some really sad times, some really frustating times. Lots of plans just waiting……………our first on farm sale maybe 2013……………
All our breeding stock are now fullblood Dorper. This year we have sold the last of our dorper cross ewes. Only stud graded ewes . We now have a peak sheep immobiliser, much easier with the rams. Our vet David was impressed for the ovine brucellosis blood testing & OJD samples . We have had our flock graded on a yearly basis since 2006 in July 2012 we had the pleasure again of Wicus Cronje & son (Barend). We have purchased a new ram “Boyd” Type 5 in partnership with Old Munbilla Dorper Stud his first lambs for us will arrive October 2012. So here’s hoping for a great spring.
Rams & Ewes for sale please call for inspection time..
The 4th Namoi Dorper & White Dorper breeders sale will again be held at Gunnedah NSW . Inspection from 9am at the sale yards on 9th of February 2012. Organisers are expecting approx 60-70 rams 30 fullblood ewes 1000 Commercial & cross ewe entries . The sale Agents Davidson & Cameron of Gunnedah. Contact Agent Dave Henry 0427421829 We have entered 17 Woodensprings Rams this year, four have been stud typed 4 . All the rams will be weighed and scanned for EMD and inspected by qualified inspector prior to sale.
Winter has been very dry here at WoodenSprings with no rain for nearly 3 months, so dry we had to start feeding out hay to our ewes with lambs. Just in past couple of days we recieved 10 mls of rain and the grasses have instantly sprung back to life. Always amazes me how quickly the grasses responds to such a small amount of rain. So we’re again hoping for more rain…………………………. but not too much.
The National Dorper Show and Sale is coming up on the 31st August-1st September. We unfortunately this year due to a short trip to the hospital for John and a couple of months recovery, have not entered any of our sheep this year, but are looking forward to seeing Australia’s Best Dorpers on display over the 3 days in Dubbo NSW.
We have recently had our stud inspection attended for 2011 by Wicus Cronje. He used the word centrefold quite a few times with our ewes and again said it was not possible for a small stud to produce such quality. So we are again very pleased with our breeding results.
We are a small stud and aim to maintain our flock to a size suited to this property. The aim is to continually improve the productivity of our soils , pastures and increase the biodiversity available to enable us to increase the size and quality of our flock. Last year we planted a tree for every lamb we retained on the property, not all of those trees have survived the past few dry months unlike our Dorpers.
We currently have Typed Dorper Ewes & Rams , commercial rams & ewes and cross ewes for sale………….
After the hottest week I have ever experienced, with our weather station telling us 50+C at 5pm in the evening for the whole week, its so nice to get back to the mid 30s. We have gone from one extreme to the other. The grass has now hayed off and here 2011 is the year of the Thistles.
We sold 4 rams and 2 ewes at the 3rd annual Namoi Dorper & White Dorper sale. Thanks to everyone involved buyers and vendors, another successful sale. We hope to see everyone again in 2012.
Stony’s first lambs are due to arrive late February and he is now joining some of our 2010 girls…..