High yielding: The McIndoe family from Smithston Farms aim to produce “easy converting sheep” that can be finished on grass and that suit any production system.Smithston Farms at Glencoe has proven its White Suffolks and Border Leicesters produce quality, high-yielding carcasses, with successat shows and hoof and hook competitions.
Stud principal Dugald McIndoe said for the past16years they aimed to breed “easy converting sheep” that can be finished on grass.
“They must be profitable performers, whether on the hoof or the hook,” he said.“Lambs are bred for early maturing and with extra yield.”
The stud is run by Dugald and his wife Bec, along with his parents, Bill and Irene McIndoe.
At Smithston, due care is taken to ensure breeding ewesarehigh performers for milking ability and longevity.
At the 2016Dubbo Prime Lamb Hoof and Hook Competitionthere were over 500 entries. Thirty lambs sired by Smithston rams were entered by threeproducers, enabling the White Suffolk breed to win first place in the all breeds trade weight hook section.
The Presnell family, “Frama” Ben Lomond, won second placein the individual trade weight hook section –those lambs werealso sired by Smithston rams.
“Smithston lambs yielded up to 52.9 per cent, while our Border Leicester lambs entered into the same competition also yielded over 50 per cent,” he said.
The stud enjoyedatop year at various shows, with Smithston White Suffolks the most successful exhibitor at Dubbo; they also had wins at the Royal Easter Show.
“We have entered this competition for several years and havebeen placed first a numbers of timeswinning champion fleece in 2013,” Mr McIndoe said.
At the Bendigo National Show, the McIndoes won champion junior ram and went on to sell the ram privately for $10,000.
“We take pride in meeting out clients who come each year to select the type of rams required to join with their various types of ewes,” Mr McIndoe said.
“Our lambs are weighed at birth and identified, with LambPlan data available on each.”
Smithston Stud is in the process of establishing a new website, which should be operational soon.