New Armatree is located 40km North of Gilgandra on the Northern end of the Central West Slopes and Plains.
We run a mixed farming enterprise growing cereals in rotation with pulse crops and Lucerne, and Merino ewes producing wool and first cross lambs. The first cross wether lambs are all sold Over the Hook through Tooraweenah Prime Lamb Marketing Co-Operative (TPLMC), with feedback provided on all kills. The first cross ewes, sired by our $uperBorder rams are all sold privately on farm to repeat buyers. We actively seek feedback on the performance of the ewes to fine tune our own breeding objectives.
We are active members of Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association (ASSBA), Australian Border Leicester Association, NSW Border Leicester Association, $uperBorder$ and Lambplan.
New Armatree Border Leicesters has been involved in a research project conducted out of UNE Armidale by a PhD student during 2012/2013, looking at the vagaries of joining young Border Leicester ewe lambs, i.e. ewe lambs joined at six months of age. We have been joining ewe lambs for a number of years with varying degrees of success. We are aiming to work out a "best practice" when managing ewes to join at such a young age. Being involved in these research activities keeps us at the cutting edge of genetic improvement with our sheep.
We also provide semen from stud rams to Sheep CRC, so we are included in the information nucleus flock (INF). This provides us with valuable linkage for comparison with other stud Border Leicester rams.
We remain focused on our breeding objectives of presenting balanced sheep which are structurally sound and with solid performance across all traits. We are continually aiming at improving growth rates and muscling whilst keeping an eye on the maternal traits of these productive sheep.
Courtesy of THE LAND, Thurs, August 29, 2013.
Merino ewes picked up at last week’s Narromine store sale where the best line sold for $149 a head to strong competition. There was a good crowd on hands with buyers attending form Forbes, Gilgandra, Bourke, Cowra, Young and fair support from locals. First-cross ewes sold to a tougher market to begin with but gained strong support as the sale progressed to finish almost as strongly as the Merino ewes. The balance of the first-cross ewes sold between $102 to $148/head. Better lines sold well, reflecting their quality with a line of 604 July/August 2012-drop June-shorn ewes selling for $148 a head. The ewes were offered by the Smith family, Eumalga Partnership, Warren, who also sold another 1324 head of the same description to make an average just under $118/head for the whole offering.
Jenny and Craig Bradley, New Armatree Partnership, were awarded the LAMB PRODUCER OF THE YEAR at the annual Tooraweenah Prime Lamb Marketing Co-Operative Awards. Features of the Lamb Producer of the year include:
• Consistenly selling through the Co-Operative for over 12 years
• Long term supporter of the Co-Operative
• Attending meeting and field days or hosting field days to keep up to date with the latest information
• Involvement in new industry concepts and initiatives, encouraging others to do the same
• Weighing and preparing stock to be sold at optimum weights
• Timing shearing to optimize return on skin prices
• Bunging lambs pre-slaughter
• Using high performance dams and performance tested rams in their production
• Always looking for ways to improve the performance of both ewes and rams
• Being a highly motivated Co-Operative member, having been involved at the Board level for many years