Our Rams

Clients can be confident that Heathfield Polls will provide very positive genetics to take them into the future profitably.

We are not interested in obtaining the absolute top price for our rams, but instead price them at a point that is profitable for us and great value to our clients.

We are committed to searching, finding and using superior genetics, coupled with selection pressure to bring your flock to the forefront.

We select new sires that rank highly on the ASBV database whenever possible but equally do not discount rams bred with more traditional selection methods. We breed physically correct sheep.

Environment also plays a large part in how genetics are expressed.  Warmer dry climates produce sheep that grow heavier and produce more wool than cooler wetter climates. The sires we use are proven in tough environments – bred by hands-on sheep people. These sires will pass resilience on to their progeny.

Our sire base is dominated by Pastora, and in recent years we have been selecting rams from studs with similar wool types and breeding strategies to our own that we believe will nick well with our sheep. We are pleased to say that we have a very even, quality line of sale rams to pick from.

In recent years bloodlines incorporated have included sires from:

  • Pastora
  • Rogara
  • Kambah (Centreplus)
  • Greenland

Please see the Q & A section below for more information.

Ram Sales

We like to get to know our clients and have a good understanding of their operation and sheep types so we can help them better match rams to their flock.

We offer value for money, sound genetics, and honest advice and support.

For the 2018/19 season we have rams available at $1200 and $800 grades plus GST. Please see the below Sale Ram Listing for more information.

Please feel free to contact us at any time for an obligation free inspection.

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2018/19 Sale Ram Listing

Click here to download a printable copy of the table below.

Ram No.MicronSDCVCFGFW %*Sire
215.72.8017.6099.40101Kambah 426272
316.32.5015.5099.50120Kambah 426272
416.82.1012.5099.80120Kambah 426272
518.73.0016.1099.40132Kambah 426272
616.72.7016.3099.10116Kambah 426272
816.02.7017.1099.50116Kambah 426272
916.83.7021.8099.10112Kambah 426272
1017.32.6014.8099.70105Kambah 426272
1117.72.9016.6099.5089Kambah 426272
1215.22.4015.8099.80109Kambah 426272
1318.03.4019.0099.10128Kambah 426272
1417.73.0016.7099.30124Kambah 426272
17 15.82.4015.3099.60101Rogara 3246
1816.02.7016.6099.5097Rogara 3246
1915.32.3015.2099.80116Rogara 3246
2016.72.9017.3099.70105Rogara 3246
2118.43.4018.5099.0097Rogara 3246
2318.13.3018.5099.20116Rogara 3246
2616.02.8016.9099.8093Rogara 3246
3015.72.5015.7099.50109Rogara 3246
3116.33.6022.3099.2081Rogara 3246
3318.02.8015.7099.5097Pastora 2069
3417.33.4019.5099.20101Pastora 2069
3517.43.1017.8099.6097Pastora 2069
4217.63.0016.8099.30105Greenland 14P097
4315.12.8018.4099.9093Greenland 14P097
4416.53.0018.1099.30101Greenland 14P097
4517.33.0017.3099.50109Greenland 14P097
47 15.62.6016.4099.5093Greenland 14P097
5119.32.4012.6099.7097Greenland 14P097
55 18.23.3018.3099.3089Billa Burra Burra B58
6017.62.8015.8099.2089Billa Burra Burra B58
6215.42.3014.8099.70105Billa Burra Burra B58
6317.12.8016.3099.4093Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
6816.43.2019.3099.20105Rogara Syndicate 5343/5375
7017.33.2018.6099.40116Rogara Syndicate 5343/5375
7115.12.6016.9099.60101Rogara Syndicate 5343/5375
7218.23.3018.0099.2097Rogara Syndicate 5343/5375
7317.13.1018.3099.2093Rogara Syndicate 5343/5375
7716.22.6016.0099.40109Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
7816.92.6015.1099.80109Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
7918.22.8015.5099.30116Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
8118.03.0016.5099.2097Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
8316.72.6015.8099.7085Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
8516.32.6016.0099.30120Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
8616.22.8017.1099.50105Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
87 17.03.2019.1099.3093Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
9118.13.3018.1099.00101Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
9216.92.8016.6099.6097Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
9316.42.9017.6099.7093Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
9417.23.4019.9098.9097Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
10015.12.3015.5099.7089Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
88716.72.6015.4099.6074Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
88816.02.5015.9099.9089Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
89117.13.1018.2099.40112Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
89317.42.8016.4099.3089Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
89615.52.8018.2099.7085Pastora Syndicate 4964/4671
146715.94.1026.0099.30116Rogara 3246

*  Due to the young age at shearing and the spread of lambing these fleeceweight percentages have a low accuracy and should be used as a guide only.

Can we ask you

Note: Click on a question below to read our answer.

How balanced is your flock?

Historically, our long term focus has been on breeding and selection to produce truly balanced, profitable sheep with key traits of heavy cutting stylish white wools, fine micron, frame, high lambing and weaning percentages, do-ability, calmness, and saleability. Our sheep have been built to thrive.

Do you have horned sheep?

Poll sheep are steadily becoming more popular than horned sheep. We have been breeding Poll Merinos for over 30 years as we believe they are as or more productive than horned sheep, easier to look after (including wethers) and more pleasant to handle – fewer horns to injure people or get stuck in fences, minimal fly strike on the head, and fewer issues if rams fight.

How much are your sheep cutting?

In our environment at Boorowa, our mature ewes cut an average of 6.1kg over a rolling 5 years. We take advantage of good wool cut at a finer micron to capture the market premiums – generally our sheep test at 15 to 17.5 micron. Our wools usually yield 70-71 percent.

Would you like to fine up your flock to reap the market premium? Would you like to cut at least as much wool as you do now at a finer micron?

Historically finer microns have always realised a premium over stronger wools and it makes more sense to be cutting the same or more at a lower micron to reap the benefit.  Our sheep are cutting 6.1kg at 17 micron average.

Do you need prime lamb mothers with good temperaments?

Our ewes are calm, nurturing, protective mothers – not run-away Merinos.

Do you want to find and keep good shearers?

Hard, wrinkly skins are tough going for shearers.  Our sheep are productive and plain bodied with loose skin that combs well and is easy to shear.

Are you over the marketing and hype associated with the selling of rams these days?

Our motto is:  “No smoke, no mirrors, what you see is what you will get.”

Are you happy with your reproductive rate?

We are achieving 106% lambs on the ground to ewes joined with 1/3 of the ewes being maidens over a 5 year average. Our weaning rates are high, so we can afford to cull heavily but maintain the whole flock at a young age. This allows us to shorten the genetic interval and gain a premium for surplus ewes sold at a younger age. It also allows us to turn over improved genetics quickly.

Do your ewes carry the frame, fat and muscle at low micron to achieve very high lambing percentages?

One of our long term livestock agents refers to our sheep as “deceptively good” and when processed they “always hang up better than they look”. The proof in the pudding is the long term lambing percentages we are achieving.

How long do you join for?

At Heathfield Polls we join for 5 weeks, and between 70 to 74 percent of ewes conceive in their first cycle, which leads to an even line of lambs.

To what age do you need to keep your ewes to allow for self-replacement?

The oldest ewes we join on Heathfield are 4½ years old excluding really exceptional ewes that are kept to ensure our continued genetic improvement. We don’t run a crossbred operation because we think there is more profitability in our Merinos, although the surplus ewes we sell are equally profitable as Merino or prime lamb mothers.

Would you like help with running your operation – developing a breeding aim, classing ewes, selecting rams, or management?

Steve is only too happy to provide help if it is needed.  He has over 30 years hands-on experience, and coupled with a large network of passionate industry professionals to draw from, solutions can be found.

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