A trial with SAMM rams from Rockdale stud Dumbleyung, has enabled Katanning lamb producer Sheldon Kowald of Capemont Farms to add WAMMCO’s January 2011 Producer of the Month award to his impressive list of titles.
Consistent supporters of the State Lamb Carcase competition since 2005 Sheldon, his brother Trent and father Barry gained various placings up to second in 2006, with his Yow Yow and Hillcroft/Poll Dorset/Merino, entries. The family has entered both Poll Dorset and SAMM/Merino cross lambs in the 2010/11 competition to be announced at Katanning on March 22.
His first Producer of the Month win came with a line of 112 Rockdale SAMM/ Willemenup Merino cross lambs that averaged 23.49 kg and $4.74 to return $112.87 including skin, with top lambs reaching $135.35.
68 lambs in the consignment generated a WAMMCO Select payment of $370.91, representing an extra $5.45 per qualifying lamb, or $3.31 over the 112 lamb consignment.
Like many farmers, the Kowalds have always run Merinos, and when lamb prices began to stabilise several years ago, they decided it was time to upgrade from their traditional practice of using a few black face rams to produce lamb from cull for wool Merino ewes.
“We have had an excellent base of Willemenup blood Merinos to provide a large frame Merino ewe and began to source higher performing Poll Dorset rams from Hillcroft, Narrogin.
“With some guidance from WAMMCO’s Rob Davidson, we quickly found that buying quality rams and taking proper care of your ewes, as well as weighing and fat scoring your lambs makes lamb production far more profitable and far less onerous. We also found that it does not pay to carry ewes that do not conceive at the first mating.
Sheldon said the winning line of lambs processed at Katanning on January 12, 2011, were by five SAMM rams he bought from Rockdale stud at Dumbleyung last year.
“The Poll Dorset crossbreds that also went to WAMMCO in January, actually achieved heavier weights and higher returns and we are still undecided about any major change to our genetics.”
He said Capemont Farms no longer crops wheat but relies on Canola and barley as major crops, with smaller acreages of lupins and oats. The mix is 55 percent Merinos and lambs to 45 percent cropping and the rotation is canola then barley then two years of clover based pasture.
The current flock consists of 3,350 Merinos, of which about 750 are mated to Poll Dorset or SAMM rams.
“Wool’s rising prospects are finally beginning to justify our faith in Merinos, particularly with the attractive 20 micron wool we are getting from our Willemenup blood ewes,” Sheldon said.
A consistent user of WAMMCO’s weight and grade system, he welcomed the cooperative’s recent price increase to $5.60/kg.
Media Release 28/07/2022 Western Australia’s largest sheep and lamb processing cooperative will return a record $8.4 million in pool bonuses to its producer members at the end of August 2022. The 2021/22 ...Read more
Media Release 14/07/22 Des Griffiths, an early CEO of the WA Meat Marketing Cooperative, credited with helping WA lamb producers to reshape an influential global lamb processing and marketing cooperative, passed ...Read more
Media Release (20-06-2022) Recently appointed Livestock Manager for WAMMCO, Mike Curnick is looking forward to capping his 37-year career in WA’s livestock sector in the lamb and ...Read more
A distinguished career in the meat processing and livestock industry will end with the retirement of the WA Meat Marketing Cooperative’s Livestock Manager Peter Krupa on June 30. Mr ...Read more
A later than normal delivery of prime Merino/SAMM lambs straight off abundant stubbles from the bumper season, helped Tim Alexander and his family of Timaru Beverley to capture WAMMCO&...Read more