If you've got the ewes and feed, now is the time to invest in the best genetics available. There has never been a greater margin in returns between progeny from elite high-performance stock and their average performing counterparts.
The Pipkorn family's Detpa Grove White Suffolk stud record speaks for itself, arguably one of the most successful meat sheep and White Suffolk studs in the country for the best part of two decades.
The quality on offer at Detpa Grove is truly elite, and while they have regularly achieved headline stud sale successes, because of the incredible depth of high performance and elite quality stock they offer, many of the prices have been very affordable, especially in the current buoyant prime lamb industry. This is simply due to supply and demand as their depth of quality goes to the very bottom of their sale catalogue.
Along with elite phenotype, there was a significant proportion of last year's offering, right through to the bottom run of flock rams, in excess of 200 on Carcase Plus index under Lambplan. Of the 201 strong ram offering, 48% were over 200, with the balance not far behind. For many, this may be the benchmark they seek, but Detpa Grove has been at the forefront with these performance levels for many years.
The stud prefix may stay the same, but the Pipkorn family's quest for genetic improvement is ongoing. To be able to continually produce such high-quality stock and to influence so many other studs around the country is no easy achievement, yet stud principal David Pipkorn relishes the challenge.
Besides the outstanding homebred sire battery that would be the envy of most other studs, astute infusions of elite genetics for both performance and phenotype have enabled Detpa Grove to bring exciting new family lines to the market-place. The genetic diversity within the stud gives both stud and commercial producers the opportunity to keep investing in arguably the best all-round genetics available today.
This year's offering continues that theme. While it is hard to imagine they could be better than in previous years, David Pipkorn believes they are, which is great news for all sheep producers.
Of course, any prospective buyer can make their own decision on this, but unless they put themselves 'in the game' by attending the next Detpa Grove sale on Thursday October 10th, they have little chance of securing these new designer genetics that can enhance the performance and quality produced in their prime lamb or stud breeding programs.
The Detpa Grove sale catalogue, plus regular updates on the stock on offer this year can be seen on Detpa Grove's website (www.detpagrove.com), or follow them on Facebook.