History of Kurralea Poll Dorset Stud
The Kurralea Poll Dorset stud was founded in 1975 and has grown to be one of the major suppliers of rams to the stud and commercial industry. A philosophy of breeding for practical, functional and easy care sheep with the highest performance and carcase standards has been behind customer demand that has fuelled this growth.
The typical Kurralea Poll Dorset is larger framed and longer bodied than most, with strong and flat bone that enables it to carry the increased muscling capabilities required by today’s consumers, retailers, processors and commercial producers alike. Built into that is a special focus on early growth and yield, but not at the expense of the ability to have progeny keep growing to heavier carcase weights if required, thus giving all clients market flexibility. This has required patience, plus a consistent unwavering focus on the stud’s selection principles.
Along with that are the practical management advantages that Kurralea has always placed strong emphasis on, such as clean points, especially open faces, mobility and most important of all, libido & fertility.
Objective measurement through Lambplan has been adopted from its beginning, not to replace any of the above selection principles, but rather to add an extra layer of information to improve on them; sharpening practical focus and accuracies, while removing sentiment or emotion from the equation.
While the commercial focus, enhanced by Lambplan data plays a major part in Kurralea’s success, the show ring has also been important in putting the sheep under the eyes of independent assessment, while gaining wider exposure than possible by any other means.
Without getting into race for individual highs for various traits or indices under Lambplan testing, Kurralea continues to look at balanced figures across all the important traits and continues to rank very highly. We currently join around 800 Poll Dorset stud ewes each year.
History of Kurralea White Suffolk Stud
In 1999 the defining move was made to form the Kurralea White Suffolk stud. 70 ewes were purchased from the leading established studs, Galaxy Park, Detpa Grove & Allendale.
The same breeding objectives that have guided the success of the Kurralea Poll Dorset stud have been put in place for the White Suffolks. Other than defined breed type and standard differences in the breeds’ objectives, the end commercial goal for Kurralea is that buyers with a breed preference can select a consistent type for similar commercial market options as with their Poll Dorsets, while those who have no breed preference can confidently select from either breed draft.
To achieve that objective, the White Suffolks had to reach a high standard very quickly and then maintain it over the years since. Investments in outstanding sires have been made on a needs basis, the most influential coming from the Wheetelande, Anden, Detpa Grove & Gemini studs.
Two of the most recent were two Wheetelande sires, W147684 for $11,000 and a share in W148159 for $22,000 at the 2015 Adelaide Royal. Then in 2016, Kurralea also invested in a semen share in Anden150277Tw, the new all meat sheep breeds record priced ram at $68,000. There will be many progeny by him available in 2018. This ram was supreme all-breeds sire at Hamilton and Adelaide in 2016 and the exciting part for Kurralea is that he is sired by Kurralea K305-13, a first prize winner at 2014 Bendigo Elite show and purchased by Anden at the 2014 Kurralea sale for $11,000.
We currently join approximately 800 White Suffolk stud ewes.
History of Kurralea Suffolk Stud
In 2014, Kurralea purchased 16 ewes from the Broughton Lodge Suffolk dispersal sale the foundation ewes for our Suffolk stud. Since then we have used Broughton Lodge, Allendale and Kurralea sires. The aim with our Suffolks will be the same as our other breeds, to produce larger framed, structurally correct rams with a good balance of performance figures.