Testimonials

 

We are long term Trigger Vale Clients. Andrew and Mandi are a pleasure to deal with, and their obvious passion for their stock, and attention to detail, is second to none. We greatly appreciate the versatility offered by the one stop option of both their Maternal Merino and White Suffolks. It is fantastic to be able to go to their sale and pick up a ute full of quality rams, confident that we have everything we need to breed our own self- replacing dual- purpose Merino ewes, and put their rams over our surplus ewes in a terminal program. The excellent health status of the Trigger Vale program is highly attractive, as their Brucellosis and Johnes accreditation offers great peace of mind.

 

The ewe flock is the profit driver for any sheep breeding program. Year after year, Trigger Vale rams have shown continuous gains in the genetic traits that we are after like growth, fat and muscle, ensuring that each successive generation of our ewes will be more profitable than the last. The proof of the pudding is always in the eating, and we were wrapped to average $213.50 for our first cross Merino White Suffolk sucker lambs last spring. Our sucker lambs are regularly at the top end of the market in Wagga, and due to the carcass dual purpose attributes of their mums, there is no discount from buyers compared to the more traditional 2nd X suckers.

 

The remaining 1st X lambs and Poll wether lambs are grown out to export weights and sold Jan- March. This year the 1st X averaged $300.25 and the Poll Merino’s averaged $274.00. When you add the $27 wool from the lamb shearing, they are a very profitable unit. We regularly top the Wagga market for Merino lambs, and it’s not unusual to get a $40- $60 premium over non- Trigger Vale blood Merino lambs at the same sale.

 

An added bonus this year was that due to the big plain frame nature of our ewes, we averaged $214 for our CFA surplus ewes.

 

Russel & Nicole Smith, Milbrulong NSW

The flexibility of our self-replacing Polls has been a real asset as they have given us the ability to sell any cull ewe lambs as prime lambs, removing the need to hold them to hoggets. We also love the fact that by having a self-replacing flock and purchasing ram from a stud which we know is making rapid genetic progress we are obtaining the cumulative benefits over the generations.

 

Lambing percentages are a genuine strong point with our Triggervale stock averaging over 100% lambs to ewes joined consistently for the last 10 years.

 

Our Triggervale Poll rams have proven themselves over time by allowing us to produce not only a self-replacing flock of ewes with excellent maternal qualities, but also a pleasing wool cut and desirable prime lambs. Our decision to also utilise Triggervale White Suffolk rams has been an extremely successful one as it has enabled us to consistently produce high yielding and high quality prime lambs, greatly increasing our profit margins and enabling us to sell our lambs much earlier than in the past.

 

“I couldn’t be happier with the flexibility provided by the genuine dual purpose characteristics of the Trigger Vale genetics” according to John.” We take a lot of pride in our wool clip and always select the lower micron rams but are still achieving meaty fast growing lambs. The piece of mind in knowing I have a paddock full off my own disease free, purpose breed young ewes each year is really important to our program. Any surplus young ewes generate further cash flow and are keenly sort from a crossbred breeder in Victoria. Basically we get multiple income streams for minimum risk” he said.

 

The Schirmer Family, Brookdale NSW

We believe the transformation in all aspects of our flock is quiet dramatic since we shifted to Trigger Vale Polls. Wool quality, fertility and the growth rates of our lambs have all improved.

 

When a wool buyer rings your agent checking on when your clip is coming in you know you are on the right track. The same buyer has purchased our wool at auction 5 of the last 6 years. It’s the same for our surplus young ewes with them going to the same purchaser for years . He really appreciates the quality and health status.

 

The Moncrieff Family, West Wyalong NSW

“We favour the Trigger Vale White Suffolk Sires for their ease of lambing, their long bodies and their clean faces and legs as it suits the location of our property being between Kikoira and Ungarie in the Northern Riverina.”
You couldn’t be happier than these results.

 

A draft of 97 sucker lambs sold in October (6 months old), for $124.00.
A draft of 98 lambs sold in April (11months old) the top sold to $194.00 and seconds to $186.00 to average $189.51.
Both lots were sold in the Griffith Saleyards.

 

Peter and Joy Thompson, Ungarie NSW