The testing is over. Now it is time to toughen our range/comercial ram lambs to the conditions that they may be exposed to next year as they venture out into commercial and range flocks. These are the rams that will fill our Utah Ram Sale consignment with a few spares. The common theme in this group of rams is their ability to grow fast and finish at heavier weights without being overly fat. They have an average Expected Progeny Difference "EPD" of 9 pounds, which means that their lambs should weigh 9 pounds more at 120 days than lambs sired by the average Suffolk ram. They add this extra growth while still being above breed average for loin eye size. We realize not every ram fits into all management and marketing systems and one of the most beneficial attributes to the NSIP (National Sheep Improvement Program) is that we are able to identify and measure traits so that we can predict the correct fit. We encourage you to contact us and discuss your production schemes and determine if we have the terminal sire genetics that might help you achieve your goals.
News from Bunker Hill Farm
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Every now and then there is a real need to forget the HO-HUM and to step out and try something a little new. That can be said for our personal life (new dance not a new spouse) as well as how we see we should be breeding sheep. We felt it was about time that we tried and explored different genetics in order to produce a better sheep for the commercial sheep industry. In order to calm this later in life affliction we decided to try two completely different genetic options in the Australian's White Suffolk and the recently developed domestic breed Siremax. Don't ask us what we will gain by using these two breeds as we will not know that until we test and analyze their progeny. What we hope to gain is longevity, hardiness, and the ability to perform well on grass while not sacrificing too much growth. Check back with us next spring or summer and we will be able to tell you if this urge to step out has dissipated.
Great sale!!! The enthusiasm ran high at this Year's Utah Ram Sale and Bunker Hill Sheep sold among the leaders. Our stud ram lamb sold to Bair Ranch of Colorado for $2,800 and we wish them the best of success with their purchase. Our pen of six yearling rams sold for $900 each and our pen of four lambs brought $550. Pictured above are Tom Boyer (left) western range consultant for Bunker Hill Farm and Bill Shultz.