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RamSelect drives better buying decisions at Gates Performance Genetics

Tuesday 28th of February 2017
Rick and Sam Gates, of Gates Performance Genetics, at last week’s ram sale which was promoted via the RamSelect Plus app.
Rick and Sam Gates, of Gates Performance Genetics, at last week’s ram sale which was promoted via the RamSelect Plus app.

Ram buyers have never had more information at their fingertips to identify the right genetics for their individual needs, according to New England stud breeder Rick Gates, whose composite Maternal and White Suffolk rams sold to a top of $1950 last week.

Mr Gates, of Gates Performance Genetics, listed his sale catalogues on the RamSelect Plus app to ensure potential buyers could find exactly the right ram for their grazing system and make objective comparisons of the rams available on the open market.

RamSelect Plus is an easy to use web-based application which allows ram buyers to find and rank rams based on Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) that match their own breeding objective.

“I really encourage people to use these sorts of tools because they can help you make really calculated decisions,” Mr Gates said. “For my mind it’s a great way for farmers to narrow their choices for rams and know exactly where each ram sits with its ASBV profile.”

On sale day 68 Maternal rams sold to a top of $1950, while 41 Terminals reached a peak of $1700. However, post sale interest has been almost as strong, with 80 more rams selling in the week following the auction, including 60 to one Queensland buyer in the days after the sale.

Mr Gates said the buyer in question was seeking rams with ASBVs for lower birth weights, which would be suitable for use over Merino and maiden ewes to turn off high growth rate first-cross lambs.

“We were able to demonstrate openly and objectively that we had rams that fit the bill,” Mr Gates said. “It was great to be able to do that because we really see Queensland as a potential growth market for us due to the lack of rams with ASBVs currently being sold in that state.”

Mr Gates is proactive in educating commercial breeders about the range of objective assessment tools available to assist in their genetic selection, regularly hosting field days with Geoff Duddy of Sheep Solutions.

“Lamb prices are extraordinary at the moment but they may not stay that way,” Mr Gates said. “However, genetic gain is sustainable and profitable over the long term – good genetics are money in the bank.”

RamSelect.com.au was developed by the Sheep CRC in conjunction with Telstra, NSW DPI, and Pivotal Labs, and is underpinned by objective data from Sheep Genetics in the form of ASBVs from MERINOSELECT, LAMBPLAN and DOHNE.


Media contact: Michael Thomson, 0408 819 666.


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