ABOUT

PAST PRESENT FUTURE

Billa Burra Burra sheep are based on 238 Manderley stud ewes purchased in 1979, and the 500+ Tara Park ewes acquired in the 1980’s and 90’s. Also influential were 75 Linthorpe stud ewes of uniform and ringmaster families added between 1987 and 1990, and 38 Merryville ewes purchased in 1989. Also influential were 40 Wonga stud ewes were purchased in the 1980’s. 10 Manderley rams have been used in the stud with Man.6 the most influential. About 10 Tara Park rams were borrowed through the 1980’s and 1990’s, with Joe and his father, Gruber, having the most influence. In 1989, an Arabar Poll ram (PP) was used. He proved to be a sire of great stud quality.

In 1988, we began an annual AI program and by 2000 we were performing all our own laparoscope AI. In 2004, we used an Allala Poll ram (AI) who bred Loppy and Ben, who were both influential in the stud for many years. Our current breeding sires are strongly influenced by our old Man.6 family, our 4.1 family, our Silky family, and both Ben and Loppy. We will continue to progress to all polls, with early maturity, constitution and heavy bone with rich heavy wools.

BREEDING & MANAGEMENT

We have always bred big sheep with good rich heavy wools. We select for temperament, doing ability, heavy bone, good feet and soft skins, with pure deep crimped lustrous fibre. Lambing percentage is the biggest profit driver for our business, and we are working to achieve 150% weaning rate from our stud ewes. All ewes rearing twins are run separately on our better paddocks. All lambs have been mothered, tagged and recorded since 1979. Breeding ewes are not classed for age, and the top ewes remain for as long as they are sound. Culling occurs at lambing, shearing, and post-weaning.

In 2020 we have joined 850 stud ewes, of which, 230 were artificially inseminated. This year we are lambing from mid-August until the end of September, with all ewes, except 20, joined to Poll rams.

Our business is run using holistic thinking. We currently have 73 paddocks on 350 hectares, and practice timed grazing. We are excited to be practicing regenerative agricultural principles, and we are excited to be breeding productive and profitable merinos. We offer a free classing service to our clients.

 

RAM SALES & EVENTS

On Property Ram Sale

The annual on property ram sale will be held in October 2021.

We offer free classing services to all clients, and pre-inspections are welcome by appointment.

 

Full photo sale catalogue available here from mid-September 2021.

For inquiries, please contact Keith.

Selling and Displaying at:

GSSM Show & Sale                                   16th - 18th January 2021

    @ Canberra

Australian Merino & Poll Merino Ram Sale       17th  July 2020

    @ Bendigo (ONLINE via AuctionsPlus)

Dubbo National Ram Sale                     25th - 26th August 2020

Southwest Slopes Merino Field Day          1st September 2020

   @ Harden Showgrounds                                     CANCELLED

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SIRES

SNOZ 11

Born 2019 (PH)

A ram with purity, wool cut and pedigree. His wool is rich, well aligned, soft, long stapled and dense. The top priced ram at our 2020 on property ram sale; sold to Leister Jones, One Smoke poll stud, Yass, for $7,500. We have arranged with Leister to use SNOZ 11 in our 2021 joining.

850

Born 2019 (PH)

M6.58 was old when we A.I.ed her to OC17.20. She has very waxy, white, rich crimpy wool and always breeds great stud type. 850 was the best skinned sheep of the cross. He offers growth rate (100kg at 12 months). He is square, broad-backed, long-stapled and heavy cutting with bone and masculinity. He was worked for 6 weeks as a lamb in a maiden syn. To be progeny tested in 2021.

HINDI

Born 2018 (PP)

Hindi complies with the first law of stud breeding: he has excellent temperament. Hindi carries the head quality and presence from a long line of top ewes. He also carries the swintless white wool of old Glen. First drop of lambs are 1st class.

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MUNDY

Born 2018 (PH)

Bred by Drew & Laura Chapman, West Plains. Mundy has great barrel, depth and length of body with good bone and head quality. He is maturing into a very valuable sire. First drop of lambs are 1st class.

SPIDER

Born 2018 (PP)

Bred by Poll Boonoke. We went to Poll Boonoke looking for a son of White River 546 and came home with the one we wanted. Spider has a long, straight back and a soft, long-stapled, well-aligned wool. His first drop are eye-catchers for type and balance and they carry his quality wool.

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ORRIE COWRIE ALAN

Born 2018 (PP)

Bred by the Dallar family, Orrie Cowrie. A ram with great bone and constitution, Al is long-bodied and barrely with a quality head. Al breeds true to his strengths: all his lambs have bone and barrel with good heads and long staple length.

GRASSHOPPER

Born 2017 (PH)

The biggest and heaviest-cutting ram of his drop. He is our biggest ram and breeds big, long sheep with a good wool.

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GLEN 86

Born 2017 (PH)

Glen 86 is an early maturing ram with bone and masculinity, with a quality wool.

SOFTY 91

Born 2017 (PH)

Softy 91 is a barrely good doer with excellent feet. He carries a soft, long-stapled quality wool.

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3

Born 2016 (PH)

3 is a great doer, always in great condition. His mother was a long, deep-bodied special with great head and bone. His father’s mother was a silky daughter, beautifully made with excellent feet.  He is breeding barrel and constitution with bone, good feet and great heads.

GLEN

Born 2015 (PH)

Hindi has replaced old Glen. He still has a run as back-up.

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GALLERY

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180, 366 and Buzzard
180 and 366
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Keith McGrath

"Billa Burra Burra"

1087 Black Range Road, Yass, NSW, 2582

Phone: 0428 625 658

Email: billaburraburra@hotmail.com

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