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A hobby caring for pet lambs grown on his parents farm as an eight-year-old has into a successful commercial stud for Suffolk sheep breeder Andrew Lakin. Mr Lakin, 26, runs the Allanwood stud at Lancefield and is a big fan of the Suffolk sheep breed. He said the Suffolk’s biggest appeal was their durability. More news: Dash-cam and witnesses wanted in relation to Strathallan crash “They’re good for this climate,” Mr Lakin said. “They have black feet and can handle the wet country.” I run mine as commercial sheep and they perform so well. “You don’t have to pamper them. They’re tough, resilient, no lambing problems and are easy to care for.” And they taste real good when they’re hung up because of the marbling in the meat. support for the breed it comes as no surprise to learn he was influential in helping to convince the Suffolk Sheep Breeders Association of Victoria to host a Suffolk ewe auction at the Kyneton Saleyards on Saturday.”I was on the committee when they first came up with the idea,” Mr Lakin said. “There weren’t many Suffolk ewe sales around and we said wouldn’t it be nice to have one. “I’m always getting calls from people wanting Suffolk ewes.” He will have a selection of 13 ewe lambs in the sale and two rams in Saturday’s auction. Mr Lakin’s Suffolk sheep are always in high demand around Victoria and interstate. “I’ve sold flock rams in NSW, Tassie and South Australia,” he said. “I sell a lot of flock rams and one or two stud rams a year.” Mr Lakin can thank his grandparents for putting him on the path to running a sheep stud. “My grandpa owned a farm and he had first cross ewes on it,” Mr Lakin said. “He would put a terminal sire across them and breed fat lambs.” “Occasionally they’d get a black lamb which he would give to me as a pet so it started from there for me, just wanting something different.” had Suffolk sheep picked up on young Andrew’s interest. “He said if you’re really keen I’ll see what I can do,” Mr Lakin said. “He gave me two Suffolk ewe lambs. So something that started little has turned into something big.” Something big alright as that young lad’s hobby has grown into a farm of 100 stud breeding ewes. at Merrijig. Mr Lakin said demand for Suffolk sheep had grown from when he first entered the market. “When I first started there weren’t many big studs around,” he said. Other news: Echuca Police investigates reports of potential drug spiking as multiple women report being injected with needles “Suffolk sheep were not well known around here but there are quite a few breeders and a lot more studs in the area now. “They are a nice looking looking sheep when you see them in the paddock.” Mr Lakin said he was hopeful Saturday’s sale at Kyneton would go well. “I reckon it should do well. From what I hear there’s plenty of interest in the sale,” he said. Saturday’s auction at Kyneton has been dubbed “Australia’s Largest Suffolk Ewe Auction” which will showcase more than 300 commercial and specially selected Suffolk ewes, and a selection of rams. The auction will start at noon on Saturday (February 5) at the Kyneton Sheep Saleyards and interfaced online with AuctionsPlus. For more information about the auction, visit Our workers work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:


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