Advanced Technology

$750,000 investment into DNA genomics

Combining our scale, extensive data and know-how, Pooginook has redefined the potential to deliver more lambs and the elite wools end-customers are demanding. Pooginook has invested nearly a million dollars in DNA genomics, providing full pedigree and improved ASBV accuracy. This all gives our clients more confidence in the rams they are buying.

Hear from John Sutherland about Pooginook's investment into technologies to breed an advanced dual-purpose Merino. 


DNA Genomics
We are Australia’s largest investor in sheep DNA genomics

From 2016 - 2020 we have invested over $750,000 in DNA genomics. This makes Pooginook one of the largest collectors of sheep DNA genomics in Australia.

Using a TSU at marking, we take a DNA  sample from lambs. A 50k test from this sample provides full parentage, poll-horn status and predicts genomic breeding values for a number of traits. This test increases the accuracy of ASBVs -  particularly those traits measured later in life or traits harder to measure (intramuscular fat or shear force).

The DNA test provides us with accurate information much earlier in life, facilitating the selection of ram and ewe lambs for use within the stud at 7 - 8 months of age. This helps to fast track genetic progress. 


Advanced
Management

Expressing the animal's genetic potential

GROW LIVESTOCK AGRONOMY HAS HELPED TAKE POOGINOK TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

Expressing genetic potential is essential to ensure selection is based on genetics rather than management. The Grow program provides tailored, valuable expertise, combined with on-farm data, to help us make better decisions on sheep management.


Data Collection Equipment
CLASSING BOX, WEIGH SCALES AND PROWAY AUTO DRAFTER

Our classing box is a modified 5-way proway auto drafter. We can weigh, class and auto-draft 5-ways. This system enables us to easily assess each individual sheep, analyse the data and make a grading decision. Any visual faults are visible and recorded against individual sheep.

FLEECE WEIGH BOX

The ALLFLEX wand is small and mobile, making it ideal work in the wool shed. The ALLFELX wand sends the EID tag number to the ZEBRA bar code printer. A printed barcode is placed on the fleece and scanned when fleece is weighed in the Fleece Weigh Box. The fleece weight is recorded against the animal's EID tag number.

COMBI CLAMP SHEEP HANDLER

We mainly use the Combi Clamp handler for things such as taking samples for micron, staple length and yield. A set of scales are also a part of the setup. This is mobile and can be set up on a trailor for use across multplie locations on the farm.

PROWAY BULK HANDLER

This is a game changer for undertaking procedures such as drenching, injecting, mouthing etc. It's fast, easy and low stress on the animal and operator.


Software Technologies

Software has simplified and streamlined our management and classing decisions.

  • TRU-TEST XR5000
  • AGRIWEBB FARM MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
  • PRACTICAL SYSTEMS - STOCK BOOK