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I wanted to base our breeding program on Asbvs and a search for WA breeders producing high ranking sires led me to Lynley. I have been really happy with the Anderson Rams I have purchased for our nucleus flock and also with Lynley's transparent, businesslike and friendly approach.  

    Bindi Murray, Kunmallup past. Co

We only buy rams that are selected on ASBVs.  We really wanted to improve the worm egg count and increase the number of plain bodied sheep in our flock, while improving the traits that bring profit - wool, meat and fecundity.  We have been buying rams from Anderson Rams for a number of years, and have been more than happy with their quality and with Lynley's professionalism and dedication.

Andrew & Rachael Plowman,Yeenyellup Trust Kojonup

We have been using Anderson Poll Dorset Rams since 2005.  They produce fast growing crossbred lambs suitable for the prime lamb market.  We consistently achieve over 100% lambing and have been impressed with the calm and easygoing temperament of both the rams and their progeny.  Lynley is always a pleasure to deal with and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Anderson Rams to other farmers.

Camray & Michelle Gethin, Nevana Farms, Hines Hill WA

By using Australian Sheep Breeding Values we can ensure that we are getting value for money with our ram selection. We use the Dual Purpose index on the MerinoSelect database which gives us a good balance between meat and wool traits. We look for sheep that score high on this index with strong performance in traits such as wool cut, growth rate and resistance to worms. Anderson Rams fitted the bill for us.

 Marcus and Shannon Sounness, Amelup WA

As I suspect is the case with most dedicated fine woolgrowers, our focus has been on producing white, soft-handling, deeply crimped wool, which we have succeeded in doing. However with very low premiums in recent years for fine wools we have had to look at a more dual purpose type sheep.  While wool prices were good, it was easy to forgive low lambing percentage, high dag levels, and high maintenance type sheep.  This is no longer the case.  In a bid to improve our flock about 4 years ago we took part in a sheep genetics training course to help us understand how ASBV’s work and how to use them to our advantage and hopefully bring some more predictability into our breeding program. We had been breeding our own flock rams via A.I. programs using sires from some top performing studs with mixed and sometimes unexpected results. We wanted to improve the fertility, doing ability and worm resistance of our sheep.  These are all traits that cannot be seen by looking at the animal, only by looking at the ASBV’s for WEC, fat depth, eye muscle, scrotal circumference etc.,  can you get any indication at all of the genetic contribution a given animal will make towards improving these traits in your flock.  Whilst it can be tempting to purchase big, fat impressive looking animals at ram sales, these sheep have most likely never had to cope with high stocking rates, high worm challenge, high rainfall, or any adversities at all in their lives and in all likelihood they will struggle to cope in commercial conditions.  We found Anderson Rams while searching for our required traits on the merino select website.  For the traits we require we have found a good selection of Anderson sale rams that are in the top 5% of rams tested, and in the 2014 drop rams there are over 27000 tested rams on the site.  We have purchased Anderson Rams for five years in a row now, and have 3 year old progeny on the ground.  The results have been very pleasing. The Anderson progeny are plainer bodied and better doing animals with open faces and free growing wool. It is also extremely pleasing to observe a mob of weaners at the end of winter that are not “covered” in dags and a good number of them almost completely free of dag. We are now quite excited about the future advancement of our flock with the use of Anderson genetics.

  Tim & Rosie Rokebrand, Edenhope, Vic.    

We started purchasing Anderson Rams a number of years ago and have been selecting rams with exceptional breeding values for early growth and fleece weight. The results even from the F1 generation were outstanding.

Wether lambs going into the feedlot at 6 months of age, in the same pens as Poll Dorset crossbreds were coming out with the same growth rates and being  trucked to WAMMCO at the same time and being paid on the same price schedule. This has continued and, after 20 years of breeding my own British Breed rams I am selling the stud because I no longer need it!

At Arthur River in 2017 we had a fairly difficult and unproductive pasture season. A mob of 1600 F2 ewe hoggets were run on 90ha with very modest feed supplementation in the autumn. Even at this stocking rate of 17 dse  per hectare they have come out of the spring at 55kg and better with a beautiful long 5kg fleece of bright white 19micon wool.

After decades dedicated to careful breeding and the practical application of science the Andersons are producing extraordinary sheep with consistent ASBVs and on-ground performance under commercial conditions.

John Pascoe, Arthur River, WA

The feedback from Hillside Meats was that the Anderson prime lambs were the best quality carcasses they have seen so far this season.

Hornby Rural Agencies, Landmark Kojonup, WA          (Anderson Poll Dorset rams over Anderson Merino ewes)

While Farmer Lynley wasn't looking

While Farmer Lynley wasn’t looking...

by Linda Royce

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