The 2021 Hermes Poll Dorsets Sale Catalogue is now available 

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The 2021 Hermes Poll Dorset Annual Ram Sale will take place
Friday 10th September 
Sale commencing on property at 2pm, 
253 Swan Ponds Road Woodstock NSW 2793

Inspection from 11am on day of sale or prior inspection may be arranged.


Hermes Poll Dorset Stud would like to advise that we are continuing to monitor and be guided by the NSW Public Health Orders for COVID19. As current restrictions change these orders will guide us on how we set up our Annual Sale to ensure the safety of all attendees. We are only too happy to provide pre-sale inspections for interested parties and, if required, special arrangements may be made with the agents to participate in the sale from a remote location. 

NSW Public Health Orders for CoVid 19 have made an exemption for agricultural auction sales so the physical sale will proceed as normal.

For the most recent COVID information regarding our sale please click here

All rams will be sold individually. They will enter the sale ring as penned.

All rams are OJD vaccinated and are from dams that are vaccinated.(The flock has been vaccinated since 2000) The flock is an 2 gen. OJD approved Vaccinated Flock. The flock is Ovine Brucellosis Accredited Free

Across Flock LAMBPLAN is the comparison of all meat sheep in different flocks and breeds across Australia. It is based on the performance of sires, dams and progeny in flocks assessed by LAMBPLAN.

Hermes has GOLD data quality. Best data gives more accurate information.


ACC: Accuracy, under the upgraded analysis LAMBPLAN introduced in 2006 it is a requirement to quote accuracies to obtain ASBVs (formerly EBVs): Expected ACC for young animals are between 55-60%. Good information gives better ACC. This year the accuracies will only be posted in the shed on the information board, to provide room in the catalogue.

S/T: Single ,Twin or Triplet numbered 1,2,3.

BWT: Birth weight Hermes has been measuring birth weight for over 20 years. BWT is best for XB ewes under 0.5 All EBVs shown are suitable for the production systems of our clients. Animals born in autumn and late winter can exceed optimum threshold. All animals in the catalogue were born unassisted.

PWWT: “post weaning weight”. The higher the value, the faster growing progeny the ram will produce. This is the ram’s ebv as a lamb. This is the best Wt indicator for lamb producers.

PFAT: “post weaning fat” the more negative the value for pfat the leaner an animal’s progeny will be . A pfat of -1 is leaner than a pfat of 0.

PEMD: ” post weaning eye muscle depth” Rams with positive values for pemd will have more muscle and better carcass shape.

Terminal Carcase Production (TCP) Index: Carcase Plus will be retired in March 2020 and replaced with the Terminal Carcase Production Index. For 2019 Ram selling season both TCP and Car+ will be available.
The TCP index has been created to achieve both gains in the major production traits such as post weaning and muscling as well as ensuring a focus on eating quality such as shear force (tenderness)and intramuscular fat (marbling).
Currently the assigned contributions to the index are; PWWT 30%, PEMD 28%,SF 18%, DRESSING % 9%, PFAT 5%, IMF 1%.
TCP be reported as a $ index, this now align with all other Lambplan indexes.

CAR +: This index has changed its weightings on the measured characters it now gives 65% weight to PWWT, 5% to Pfat and 35% to PEMD. It still shows how the animal’s progeny will perform at the time when you want him to, when you are turning off your lambs. Producers should consider the individual character traits before the index for their target markets.

2020 Index: 2020 Index has been retired as a front line indicator and will not be reported.

The trade and export indexes will indicate whether the ram is suited to producing lambs to hit these markets. Most rams in the catalogue are ranked in the top 15% of all terminals rams for both categories. Essentially, fat cover will determine suitability for the market.

TRADE INDEX: The trade $ index is designed to target production of 20kg carcase weight lambs and uses post-weaning age (7.5 months). The index optimises at greater than 6 for PWT, Pfat -0.5 and rewards muscle.

HEAVY INDEX: The export $ index is designed to target production of 24kg carcase weight lambs and uses post-weaning age (7.5 months). The index optimises at greater than 10 for PWT, Pfat -1.0 and rewards muscle.

EATING QUALITY AND EATING QUALITY INDEXES (EQ AND LEQ): Introduced in 2016, the eating quality index is targeted at terminal producers interested in improving the meat eating quality of their prime lambs while continuing to improve production traits in a balanced way. The LEQ index has become the most prominent eating quality index, as EQ index was based on the Carcase + which will cease to be reported in March next year. LEQ is similar to the EQ index however is based on the same production targets as Lamb 2020 where BWT and worm egg count (WEC) are important in the breeding objective.

Clients should select on the characters that best suit their production system and their expected market weights and target markets.

The 2020 catalogue will allow producers to put the Hermes advantage directly into lamb production systems.

HERMES for high yield carcasses.
HERMES for more growth at the right stage for lamb production.
HERMES for appropriate leanness for different production systems and markets.
HERMES for appropriate birth weights for differing climates and environments.

Click here to view the 2021 Hermes Poll Dorsets Sale Catalogue.

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