Since 1977, Gypsum Hill Suffolk and White Suffolk studs have been supplying high-quality terminal sires to the prime lamb industry and, more than 40 years on, the vision and focus on the requirements for the industry is as strong as ever.
Founded in the tough climate of the mid north of South Australia, the studs relocated to the south east in 2008, purchasing a grazing property at Padthaway where the studs are run in conjunction with a prime lamb operation, primarily first cross ewes mated to White Suffolk rams targeting the supermarket trade, and a commercial herd of Angus cattle.
The opportunity to purchase their genetics has primarily been via their on-property sale, which will this year will be held on Friday, September 27 at "Emmavale", Schuberts Rd, Padthaway.
It will be held undercover in the new sale shed commencing at 2.00pm when 80 White Suffolk and 15 Suffolk rams will be offered.
Obviously over the years there have been trends towards different styles of sheep in the lamb industry.
However, Gypsum Hill's commitment has always been to produce rams with great confirmation and shape, coupled with "do-ability" and longevity that produce lambs that meet the current requirements.
Successful show campaigns during the 1980s and 1990s helped their focus on confirmation, and on-farm testing of these genetics in their own prime lamb enterprise helped hone the style of sheep they were looking to produce.
For the past 25 years, Lambplan has been an important tool in continual improvement of growth and muscling of their rams.
An issue Gypsum Hill has been addressing for several years is the mature size of rams and the occupational health and safety implications of handling overly-big sheep.
They have successfully developed rams that have moderate body size yet still produce finished lambs that meet their target market between 22-28kg dressed weight.
They also pride themselves on presenting rams in ready-to-work condition without having spent their lives on grain feeders - it would be an easy task to ad lib feed rams to look magnificent for sale day, only to discover the negative impact this has on their lifetime performance.
Gypsum Hill offers free delivery where possible on purchased rams, and the studs have been Brucellosis-accredited since 1977.
This year all rams on offer have been Gudair-vaccinated for Ovine Johnes disease.
Gypsum Hill has made a near-lifelong commitment to seed-stock production and the lamb industry in general, and are proud of the sheep they produce.
- Sale: Friday, September 27 at 2pm.