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News from Viewbank Angora Stud at Lara Downs

The headlines :

Viewbank Angora Stud calls it a day.

Viewbank Stud has been sold after 28 years of continuous breeding. April 2013 update. Read more>>>>>>>

 

Australian Buck Trial 2010/2011 Results (Top 10 rankings)

Angora Does for sale...>>>

Viewbank visited by Buyers from Argentina .... read more..>>>

Viewbank participates in Mohair Australia's First Angora Buck Field Trial 2008/9 read more...>>>

Viewbank tops sale at Buck Trial NSW ....read more>>>i

Angora Bucks for Sale...>>>

Angora wethers for sale...>>>

Viewbank out & about...>>>>>

All Stud Goats now Sold

2010 Drop Viewbank Selected Bucks: statistics & photos

We have selected just two young bucks from our 2010 drop as we lost many to foxes when they were very young. Mid side samples were collected on 5th Nov 2011 and results will be published shortly.

Viewbank 866 in 3rd fleece (Nov 2011)

mfd = 27.0, sd = 7.17, cv=26.5

SOLD

Viewbank 896 in 3rd fleece (Nov 2011)

mfd=25.9, sd= 6.35, cv= 24.5

SOLD

 

2009 Drop Viewbank Selected Bucks: statistics & photos

Now available for viewing in their 5th fleece. Contact us for an appointment. These animals are for private sale only.

ID Sire Dam Status
2nd Fleece July 2010
Fleece test November 2010 Body size
[V. = Viewbank]
  FD 2nd SD 2nd CV 2nd
FD 3rd
SD 3rd
CV 3rd
VBK 860
V. Potosi
V. J35 at Lara Downs
23.9
5.92
24.77
23.2
5.2
22.41
large
VBK 867
V. Yarron
V. G08 sold
25.7
4.79
18.64
n/a
n/a
n/a
large
VBK 887
V. Potosi
V. H05 at Lara Downs
23.5
5.96
25.36
23.1
5.54
23.98
medium
VBK 897
V. Vermont
V. H07 at Lara Downs
25.6
5.65
22.07
25.3
6.6
26.09
large
VBK 898
V. Potosi
V. H20 Lara Downs
23.2
4.14
17.84
25.9
6.13
23.67
large
VBK 851
V. Yarron
V.H52
21.1
3.31
15.69
26.8
4.6
17.1
large
VBK 853
V. Yarron
V. G48. sold
21.6
4.75
21.99
23.8
5.1
21.5
medium
VBK 893
V. Potosi
V. J27 sold
25.5
4.97
19.49
28.6
5.7
20.1
medium

 

Viewbank 898 at 2 years of age - Nov 2011. Retained in the stud for the 2011 season. (Yes he does have a nice tail but he was being shy and refused to put it up for his photo !) Very dense with a long staple. SOLD.
Viewbank 867 at 18 months (March 2011). SOLD
Viewbank 860 at 2 years of age - Nov 2011. Well covered & lovely style. SOLD
Viewbank 887 at 2 years of age - Nov 2011. SOLD
Photos above were taken on 6 November 2011with animals in two months fleece. They are unprepared & straight from the paddock. Only home based bucks are included in the photos above. Photos of their Sires can be found further down this page.

 

Australian Buck Trial 2010/2011 Results

The 3rd Australian Angora Buck Trial concluded last weekend with the shearing of 3rd fleeces enabling organisers to collect the final sets of data (fleece weight and class/value) and determine the final rankings in terms of both the South African and Australian Fineness Indexes. Both indexes are designed to identify animals with finer than average fleeces and medium to high fleece and body weights, with the SAFI placing a little more emphasis on body weight than the AFI. However the final rankings indicate that both formulas are not very far apart in their selections, given that the two top ranked animals are the same on both indexes and further; that seven out the top ten ranked animals for the SAFI were also among the top 10 ranked animals in the AFI. (Bucks achieving a top 10 place in both indexes are colour coded).

The ALAMO/CUDAL Stud is to be congratulated on an outstanding performance in this years trial. It needs to be pointed out that this stud had many more animals in the trial than other studs, as well as being the host Stud, giving it every opportunity to outperform other studs. Nevertheless this does not take away from its actual achievements and is a clear demonstration of the effectiveness of using one or more indexes to select for animals with desirable objectively measureable characteristics. The fact that many of these top ranked bucks were sired by bucks with high rankings in the first trial two years ago, is significant; most notably VIEWBANK Imbulu, our home grown buck who has gone on to sire 6 of the top 10 ranked bucks in the current trial. We are thrilled by his consistent "true to type" breeding and superior progeny. Imbulu has also sired progeny here at Viewbank during 2010 and we look forward to observing their development.

Congratulations also to Victorian stud Coolbaroo and NSW stud Koorana for having two of their three entries in the top ten placings and to Koorana for achieving top price at the sale. Full data from the trial can be downloaded from the Mohair Australian web site.

South African Fineness Index   Australian Fineness Index  
Ranking Stud Entry ID
Sire Stud origin
Dam Stud origin
Ranking Stud Entry ID
Sire Stud origin
Dam Stud origin
1
CUDAL 105
VIEWBANK
CUDAL
1
ALAMO 107
VIEWBANK
ALAMO
2
ALAMO 107
VIEWBANK
ALAMO
2
CUDAL 105
VIEWBANK
CUDAL
3
CUDAL 93
VIEWBANK
CUDAL
3
COOLBAROO 121
CUDAL
COOLBAROO
4
CUDAL 94
VIEWBANK
CUDAL
4
COOLBAROO 119
CUDAL
COOLBAROO
5
CUDAL 103
CUDAL
CUDAL
5
KOORANA 129
ANCOR
KOORANA
6
CUDAL 95
VIEWBANK
CUDAL
6
CUDAL 94
VIEWBANK
CUDAL
7
CUDAL 104
CUDAL
CUDAL
7
CUDAL 95
VIEWBANK
CUDAL
8
CUDAL 102
CUDAL
CUDAL
8
KOORANA 128
ANCOR
KOORANA
9
COOLBAROO 119
CUDAL
COOLBAROO
9
CUDAL 102
CUDAL
CUDAL
10
CUDAL 106
VIEWBANK
CUDAL
10
CUDAL 103
CUDAL
CUDAL

For more information about Viewbank Imbulu see the story from the 2009 Trial below.

NB: Unfortunately the 2011 Viewbank trial entry bucks failed to grow out during the trial period and as a result did not perform well on the Trial Indices. This may have been the result of a massive worm challenge which occurred on the Cudal property during the 2010 Spring Period, an event which effected many of the animals, not just our team. It is understood that many of the smaller animals in the 2011 trial will be retained on the property for observation during 2011 to monitor their growth rate over an extended period.

 

Viewbank Exports to Argentina:

In November 2008, Viewbank Stud was visited by a representative from the Agricultural Institute, Patagonia, Argentina, along with two Argentinian mohair growers who were seeking stud stock for the improvement of the local mohair industry in that country. Their specifications were for yearling stock of the highest quality. Their inspection of all our young animals was very thorough, with three young does and one young buck being selected for further consideration once their tour of other studs was complete. As we had only three young bucks for selection, we were very pleased that they felt able to select one of such a small offering. (Our other three young sires are not eligible for export due to their participation in the Buck Trial at Cudal).

Negotiations are now underway regarding final pricing and transportation to an Australian quarantine facility prior to being cleared for export to Argentina.

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Dr Doug Stapleton of Cudal Stud, buyer of Viewbank Imbulu, pictured post trial shearing. Doug also achieved the top ranked buck on the SAFI index.

Viewbank Buck tops the sale at the inaugural Buck Trial Jan 2009:

Viewbank's three entries in the Buck Trial at Cudal grew out extremely well in the lush Spring in that part of NSW. Viewbank Imbulu (VBK 712) was a well grown young buck on entry to the trial, but had reached an amazing 72 kgs by the trial's end.

With such amazing growth, it has been quite exciting to observe over repeated testing, that Imbulu has retained his fineness first observed in his second fleece (23.3 microns). This is most unusual for larger animals which tend to grow stronger fibre. At just 27.8 microns, measured in Jan 09, Imbulu is a stand out buck. He cut an impressive 4.0 kgs valued at $39.91 for six months growth. The average fleece value for all 44 trial animals was $32.

Imbulu achieved the 2nd highest score and ranking on the South African Fineness Index which rates animals on a combination of fleece weight, body weight and fibre diameter. He was beaten by only one point, by the top placed Cudal Stud entry . Imbulu later topped the sale at $2,000, following the conclusion of the trial.

Sale clearance rates were a disapppointing 23% but it is hoped that as the industry gains more confidence in this very different (and thorough) form of buck assessment, that more mohair producers will come to use and indeed rely on this form of assessment for their buck selection as is now the case in South Africa, the world leader in mohair production.

Full measurements for all trial bucks can be found on Mohair Australia's web site . (See photo at left).

Buck Trial 2009/2010

Unfortunately Viewbank was unable to participate in the 2009/2010 buck trial at Cudal, but we wish to congratulate those who were brave enough to submit their bucks for testing and particulary to those whose animals scored well on the trials' objective criteria. Cudal stud again took top line honours with Cudal Neddie 46 (sired by Mallee Park Ned, a sire jointly owned by Viewbank and Cudal studs), based on the South African Fineness Index. Sharing honours was Coolbaroo stud from Victoria which entered the buck with the highest Australian Buck Trial index.

 

 

2007 Drop Viewbank Stud Bucks & their participation in the 1st Australian Buck Trial .

We have retained just six young bucks from last years drop. They are growing out well and displayed superb fibre in their second fleece. Three of these have been entered in the inaugural Buck Trial at Cudal, NSW in August 2008. Bucks from studs around Australia will be entering this trial to be grown out under uniform environmental conditions for six months. Full statistical details will be recorded for these animals providing an unprecented opportunity to observe and select objectively tested young bucks from different studs which have been raised under the same conditions. These bucks will all be offered for sale in late January 2008. More details about the trial and the buck entrants can be obtained from Cudal stud's web site . Viewbank's entry "Imbulu" is making a splash with some amazing objective measurements. See story above.

Our 07 drop bucks in 2nd fleece (below and at right)

2007 Drop Viewbank Stud Bucks at Cudal- Nov 08.

Three Viewbank bucks Imbulu (VBK712), Malleebank (VBK 709) and Outlaw (VBK 752) are participating in the Buck Trial at Cudal NSW. The recent open day saw the bucks in superb condition having grown out on lush Spring pastures, contrasting starkly with our home conditions of dry, dusty paddocks. Mid side samples were collected for testing at this half way point in their 3rd fleece production. (See pics at right and below). Given the wonderful growing conditions at Cudal, where all bucks are gaining weight at a rapid rate, it will be a real test of individual genetics, to see which animals suffer from micron 'blow out' and which ones are still able to produce the more desirable finer fibre under such conditions.

Viewbank Imbulu VBK 712 at Cudal Nov 2008 (SOLD Jan 09 for $2,000)

Viewbank Malleebank VBK 709 at Cudal Nov 08 . (Tag No. 5 in the Buck Trial)

(Also sold)

2007 Drop Bucks: statistics & photos

ID
2nd Fleece tested 29 July 2007
3rd fleece tested Oct/Nov08
BW Jan 09
FD 2nd
SD 2nd
CV 2nd
FD 3rd
SD 3rd
CV 3rd
709
26.5
5.21
19.7
35.9
7.37
20.53
62.5 kg
712
23.3
5.3
22.8
27.8
7.17
25.79
72.0 kg
740
23.9
5.37
22.5
26
6.53
25.12
49.9 kg
752
25.3
5.21
20.6
33.9
7.07
20.86
55.0 kg
759
21.7
4.2
19.4
26.3
5.44
20.68
47.0 kg
769
23.9
5.15
21.6
27.9
6.25
22.4
57.0 kg
Herd Name ID Name Sire Dam
Viewbank 709 Malleebank
Mallee Park Ned
Viewbank D41
Viewbank
712
Imbulu
Viewbank Malleescrub
Viewbank G27
Viewbank
740
Vermont
Viewbank Malleescrub
Viewbank G020
Viewbank
752
Outlaw
Mallee Park Ned
Viewbank D42
Viewbank
759
Preto
Viewbank Paulo
Phezulu 1171
Viewbank
769
Potosi
Viewbank Paulo
Phezulu 1171

Viewbank Potosi VBK 769 at Balliang Jan 09 (a grandson of the renowned Ancor Poco Bueno). Used at stud in 2009 & 2010. Sold as stud sire 2010.

Viewbank Preto VBK 759 at Balliang Jan 09 (selected for Argentina). Preto is a grandson of the renowned Ancor Poco Bueno.

(Sold for $1,000)

Viewbank Vermont VBK 740 at Balliang Jan 09 (Half brother to Imbulu). Used at stud in 2009 & 2010. On sold as stud sire 2010.

 

2006 Drop Bucks:

Bucks

2006

drop

2nd Fleece

2nd Fleece weight crutched

3rd fleece
Body weight
micron-2nd
sd - 2nd
cv - 2nd
kgs
micron-3rd
sd - 3rd
cv - 3rd
Jan-08
5154
25
6.3
25.3
2.64
34.6
6.4
18.6
67kg
5157
25.6
4.7
18.4
2.64
34.7
6.1
17.7
51kg
5158
24
5.1
21.2
2.04
30.6
6.9
22.7
42kg
5159
25.4
5.1
20.1
2.28
36.3
7.7
21.3
58kg
5162
25.5
4.3
16.9
2.04
34.7
5.9
17.2
52kg
5165
22.2
4.1
18.8
2.16
30.7
6
19.5
45kg
5170
23.2
5.1
22.2
1.92
35.9
7.8
21.9
60kg
5171
21.4
5.36
25.05
2.28
28.8
7.6
26.7
55kg
5174
25.2
6.1
24
2.4
34.8
5.6
16.2
60kg

VIEWBANK Malleescrub

VBK 5154 (D of B 16/9/06)

Sire: Mallee Park Ned,

Dam: Phezulu 1857

(see stats in table at left)

Specially Selected Stud Buck sold at Mohair Australia's Australasian Sale Feb, 2008 (Bendigo).

Congratulations to Michaela and David Holroyd of Moorabool, on their purchase of Viewbank Malleescrub

Malleescrub is an outstanding son of Mallee Park Ned, who has direct linage to top quality Stud South African parents. Malleescrub has outstanding conformation and a robust frame. His quality fleece is dense and stylish. He already has numerous progeny to his credit - he was an active and fertile sire at only 6 mths of age!

2006 Drop Bucks: Seen here in their third fleece (photos 2/2/08), these boys represent some of our ideals in terms of purity, with glossy faces and ears, even coverage from front to back and with solid robust frames. As will be obvious from the photos, we do not wash or preen our stock prior to sale. They are presented in paddock condition, so what you see is what you get ! Presented in their natural state, they are unlikely to disappoint as show stock sometimes do.

VIEWBANK Peter VBK5159 (D of B 21/9/06) (see left)

Sire: Viewbank Paulo,

Dam: Viewbank D95

Retained in the stud for use in the 2008 joining season. Peter's progeny used at stud in 2010.

 

VIEWBANK Yarran VBK5165

( D of B 22/9/06 ) see right

Sire: Viewbank Sophos, Dam:Viewbank E11

Retained in the stud for use in the 2008 & 09 joining seasons. We have many lovely progeny to his credit. Later sold.

For photos and details of pedigrees for Grand Sires of these boys, go to our Sires page

At Viewbank Stud, we have been collating detailed statistics on our Angoras for more than 10 years. These are summarised on our Production page . These stats chart our progress towards achieving high quality, hardy Angoras which produce some of the finest fibre and highest financial returns in the country. All this is done under a commercial production regime. Selecting our bucks and does will help you to achieve similar outcomes with only a modest outlay. More of our clients are listed below.

Viewbank Banzi and Viewbank Bazulu from Viewbank's 2003 drop

 

Left: Two of our stud bucks Viewbank Banzi and Viewbank Bazulu, sold (2005) to clients Mick and Pat Gill of Heathcote. Congratulations to Pat & Mick on winning the Appraisal class (most valuable fleece & body valuing for a team) at the 2008 Australasian Show using progeny from these Viewbank sires.

Viewbank progeny first won the same commercial Appraisal class in 2001 (see item below)

 

Does & Wethers for Sale - see whole of Stud sale info below:

Viewbank J68

This beautiful 18 month old stud doe has been selected for export to Argentina. We wish her new owners the very best and hope that she breeds well for them.

 

SOLD $250.00

 

 

Pedigrees for all registered stock can be inspected on line via the Mohair Australia web site.

(Viewbank's stud prefix is VBK. All tattoos commence with these letters).

 

PRIME 12 MONTH OLD ANGORA WETHERS IN 3 MONTHS FLEECE. (Posted 13 Nov 08).

Sold to a meat buyer for $30 per head post shearing March 09.

Wethers are usually sold either at 12 months or 18 months of age off shears. Timing is approx early Summer (yearlings) or the end of Autumn (18 months). Contact us in late November for yearling wethers available for meat or fibre production.

 

 

Viewbank Principals Out & About

While Viewbank no longer shows goats on a regular basis, we continue to enjoy our interaction with the Angora/Mohair community and occasional judging.

Seen at left in 2001, Pam (centre) with David Williams (mohair buyer) (far left) and Bruce McGregor (Animal and fibre scientist) judging the 10 kilo Kid mohair class at the Australasian Show.

Pam and David again judged the 10 kg Kid class at the 2008 Australasian Show along with Guest judge Andries Oelofse a commecial mohair grower and judge from South Africa. Congratulations to the Phezulu Angora Stud on winning this prestigous competition.

 

Below: Pam seen collecting the trophy for the winning Angora team in the commercial Appraisal class at the 2001 Australasian show. Presenting the trophy is Bill Anderson, representing the trophy sponsor.

 
VIEWBANK ANGORA STUD CALLS IT A DAY:
Viewbank Angora stud has now been fully disbursed after 28 years of operation. This is not without some regret as the Goat Stud and all it entails, has been a large and meaningful part of Pam & David's farming life. In a way, the decision to sell the stud is the price of success in their retail business, selling natural fibres and products based on these fibres. Pam started out in 2003 to add value to the farm's mohair and merino fibres and the business has grown steadily since then. The business now takes a large slice of Pam's time and she no longer has sufficient time to carry out all the goat husbandry tasks to her satisfaction. Although the business is based on the fibres grown by her stock, she has sufficent supplies in hand to last her many years. In addition, a small commercial herd of Angoras has been retained to provide fresh mohair supplies when required.

 

Viewbank Does with kids at foot, November 2011

 

 

We would like to congratulate the Angora breeders who have been successful in obtaining our stud bucks & does to add to their existing herds. We wish you well for your breeding future.

Viewbank bucks,

wethers & commercial does still available.

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Viewbank stud breeding does with kids at foot.

 

Average fibre measurements for all does on 3rd fleece over the last 5 years:

mfd=27.2, sd=5.8, cv =21.1

Average fleece weight 2.6

kgs / six months.

   

A random selection of Viewbank buck kids pictured

2011 drop

Sire: Viewbank 898

All stud kids now sold

 

   
Email pam@lara-downs.com.au for further details about any of Viewbank's stock for sale or phone 0417 549 213.
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