Australian White Suffolk Association

The Australian White Suffolk Association has experienced a positive and proactive twelve months with a steady increase of new members and excellent on-property and auction results for stud rams, ewes and flock rams.

The quality and consistency of White Suffolks offered at stud sales across the nation was a credit to our breeders. White Suffolks received higher returns and better clearance rates than previous years with many sales averaging from $1,000 to $1,500 for flock rams. New records were set with a national record of $5,000 for a stud ewe and an on-property sale record in NSW for a stud ram at $21,000. This follows on from a national record set last year of $68,000 for a White Suffolk stud ram.

Our members are to be congratulated on the presentation and promotion of the breed at shows, sales and field days highlighting White Suffolks as leaders in performance, productivity and profits. The Association continues to grow with 30 new members joining in 2017 bringing our membership to a total of 372. This includes three international members with studs located in New Zealand, the USA and Hungary. Breeders are encouraged to utilise available tools like genetic testing, DNA sampling, recording systems and phone Apps to use the most up to date technologies for their breeding programs.

White Suffolks provide superior all round performance in wide ranging environments – consistent and measured rams producing high yielding carcasses able to hit the right fat specifications. This means a better bottom line for the prime lamb producer and the best eating quality lamb for the consumer.

Investigations into a branded lamb product to sell into domestic and international markets continue to remain at the forefront of our annual agenda. It is pleasing to see that our commercial register of White Suffolk sired lamb producers is continually growing.

This information is particularly important to scope the numbers, seasonal details specifications and areas where White Suffolk lambs are produced to support a branded lamb product. Commercial White Suffolk producers are encouraged to join our commercial register to keep up to date with branded product advancements. Access to the register is via our website, www.whitesuffolk.com.au.

A new range of corporate sponsorship opportunities have been launched in recent months. If you are interested in sponsorship please visit our website and download our sponsorship prospectus.

With wool and sheep meat prices hitting all time records now is an exciting time to be in the sheep industry.