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In Engeland is de stok weer een goed in het spreekwoordelijke hoenderhok gegooid. De strijd tussen de showfokkers en de meer commercieel georiënteerde fokkerij is daar al lange tijd aan de gang. Ian McDougal, een Australische veearts en Charollais fokker, heeft op een grote 33bijeenkomst van schapenhouders fel uitgehaald naar de stamboeken. Niet de vet gemeste showdieren zouden de prijzen moeten winnen maar rammen die ieder jaar 100 tot 150 ooien dekken en dat 4 jaar zonder probleem doen. Lees meer over dit onderwerp in dit artikel.

“PEDIGREE ram breeders need to raise the expectations of the commercial farmers they are selling to and start marketing fit males capable of serving 100-150 ewes in three weeks every year for at least four years, said Ian McDougall.

Speaking to a room full of pedigree breeders, the Australian vet and Charollais breeder was not afraid to ruffle a few feathers, saying breed societies should re-educate judges so big, fat rams stopped winning shows.

This would discourage breeders from over-feeding rams, he said, arguing this was incredibly damaging to the health, fecundity and longevity of sires – see panel below.

Naturally grown, rather than over-fed rams, could be marketed as fit enough to serve many more ewes, and could be sold for more money.

One breeder in the audience said the fault lay with the commercial farmers for always paying top price for the biggest ram in the auction. But Mr McDougall told him to stop selling rams through the ring and do it from home instead.

“If it means big ram sales disappear, then so be it. Why spend all that money on performance recording and waste it by selling through the ring and not being able to tell the customer your story,” he said. Read More …

Kelso Ram sales gross just under £2m

THE annual Kelso Ram sales went ahead without a hitch last Friday (September 12), to gross just under £2 million for 4,324 rams sold.

The total number of rams sold was down by 760 on the 2006 sale representing an 80 per cent clearance– 5,362 rams had been entered, as due to bluetongue restrictions some of the consignors were precluded from attending.

£8,000 for a shearling from Jim Clark and sons

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However, the year’s overall average price was £457.56, £33 up on the 2006 event.

Secretary of organisers – the Border Union Agricultural Society – Ron Wilson said he was very pleased that a sale had gone ahead this year, unlike 2007 when foot-and-mouth movement restrictions led to its cancellation alongside.

Recent heavy rain also failed to deter entries – two breeders swam their rams over the River Till from the Beaumont Valley in north Northumberland.

Registered Texels, which dominated the sale with 1,248 rams sold, led the day’s trade at £8,000 for a shearling from Jim Clark and sons – Alan, Andrew and David, North Garngour, Lesmahagow.

Farmers Guardian – Kelso Ram sales gross just under £2m