Australian Stud Sheep Breeders (A.S.S.B.A) –
Bi-Annual 3 day Stud Tour:
2016 saw the ASSBA Vic Branch Stud Tour, visit a total of nine studs which included 12 different sheep breeds, over a period of three days. The tour covered a relatively large area of South-West Victoria from Ballarat, to Colac and Port Campbell to Port Fairy, Portland, Hamilton and Skipton.
One of their stops was to visit the Mount Monmot Perendale stud, near Skipton. The bus-load of guests enjoyed viewing the stud stock and an afternoon tea in the wool shed before departing to their final destination….home! Malcolm Fletcher and Trudy and Tony Boyer were proud to present their stock to the group and give them a background on the New Zealand sourced genetics from the Newhaven stud, and the fact that these bloodlines has blossomed in the continually harsh environment of Victoria. Demand for this self-replacing (dual purpose – both meat and wool) breed continues to increase, especially for proven performers such as the Mt Monmot Perendale flock.
ASSBA is a wonderful network of people from across Victoria, with a common interest in producing and caring for quality sheep. This was a fantastic opportunity to appreciate the various breeds, their attributes and be on location at the various studs, chatting to many different sheep breeders.
This is planned to be a bi-annual event, so stay tuned via ASSBA communication to join the next tour in a different area of our state.