Andrew, with his wife Jodie, is the fourth generation custodian from his family of “Aloeburn” at Boree Creek. Andrews father, Roger, started breeding dual purpose sheep at “Aloeburn” in the 1970’s and moved to the SRS breeding principals in the 1990’s.
Having graduated from Orange Agricultural College in 1989, Andrew spent time managing rural properties at Cootamundra, Coonabarabran and Gulargambone before operating his own small business in Orange for 11 years.
Andrew and Jodie returned to “Aloeburn” at the beginning of 2012 to take over the management of the property and to become the principals of the Aloeburn Poll Merino Stud. They immediately adopted the use of ASBV’s to record and measure the genetic progress of their sheep.
In the past 5 years, “Aloeburn’s” breeding flock has grown from 2,000 to 5,000 ewes, including 500 Poll Merino Stud ewes. Jim Watts is engaged each year to class all young ewes to ensure that the SRS breeding principles are optimised. At “Aloeburn” our goal is to breed a highly fertile ewe capable of producing >7kgs per annum of bright, white, lustrous wool which is less susceptible to fly strike, does not need mulesing and weans >120% of lambs per annum.
“Aloeburn” has a strong commercial focus on producing animals that perform both for wool and meat production in a realistic environment capitalising on all available markets. Andrew is a firm advocate that the basis of a valuable, sustainable stud is the viability, performance and profitability of its commercial flock and its ability to meet ever changing market expectations.
Andrew has a wealth of experience in managing mixed farming operations throughout NSW and understands the necessity to be able to adapt to difference environments. This appreciation, along with the use of subjective observations and objective measurements allows Andrew to fit the SRS production principles to a producer and their environment.
Ease of management and optimum animal welfare and production, coupled with their passion for restoring and maintaining the soils and pastures of “Aloeburn”, securing the sustainability of the land and animals for generations to come is what drives Andrew and Jodie to succeed.
Fleece from a 12 month old ewe, June 2016, at her 2nd shearing. Wool tested 18.6 micron, Yield 72.2, SL 72mm, SS 54. She is also scanned pregnant to lamb in August 2016 at 15 months of age
Andrew & Jodie are passionate about breeding truly commercially viable sheep with superb wool and excellent carcass characteristics. Working with Dr Jim Watts and SRS genetics they are working to produce an animal which is low maintenance, healthy and profitable both for themselves and their clients
Total average gross proceeds for 2015 drop wether lambs was $156.86/head