P1000244Look no further than Valley Vista

If you are looking for Poll Dorset rams which will produce lambs for the domestic and export markets then you should look no further than the Valley Vista stud.

When selecting rams for their stud’s breeding program the Scott’s have placed emphasis on traits such as ease of lambing and high growth rates. They also place emphasis on producing a well-muscled and structurally correct sheep.

One of the main selection criteria’s is selecting for high growth rate. All lambs are weighed at weaning and then two more times at thirty day intervals. These weights are converted to grams/day. Lower than 300 to 350 grams/day are culled. The lambs doing better than 300 to 350 grams/day (depending on the season) are retained in the stud.

The stud also scans all rams, using Stockscan, for muscle area and individual data on each animal. This information is sent to SIL (a New Zealand based recording outfit) along with the weight information. This data is processed and comes back with a ranking for ram and ewe lambs. A ranking is also received on the stud ewes which enables for a culling of any ewes that are not producing quality lambs. Both studs produce stud and flock rams that will produce quick maturing, well muscled lambs for the domestic market as well as lambs that will go on to the export market.

The Scotts started showing at major shows in 2000 and in that year exhibited the reserve champion ewe at the NSW Cowra Dorset Fair.  This year has been their most successful year in the showing ring. Winning champion ram and champion ewe and Supreme Exhibits at the Gundagai Show as well as Canberra Royal. They followed this with a terrific outing at the recent Bendigo ASWBA show, bringing home a ribbon for reserve champion ram, champion ewe and ultimately taking out Supreme Exhibit.

At the recent Australasian Dorset Championships the stud won Reserve Champion Ram as well as Champion Ewe. The ewe went on to take out Supreme Exhibit once again.This was done with an ewe, which is out of the Valley Vista Park stud, that has had an outstanding show career, winning 7 blue ribbons and taking out three Supreme Exhibits.

The stud sold the Reserve Champion Ram from the Australasian Dorset Championships to the Hillden Stud of Crookwell for $7,000. Two more rams were also sold, one for $5,000 to Alastair and Jessica Sutherland for $5,000 and one to RL & HR Wardlaw for $2,000.