They practice what they preach at Gemini Prime Lamb, using the best new genetics in their flock, and giving producers a chance to get in on the action. The high-performance ram lambs being offered at Gemini’s annual summer sale are also sired by the latest and best performing young rams in the flock. “Last year we used more than 10 young ram lambs in our own stud joining - we trust our own breeding and our own sheep,” Gemini principal Craig Mitchell said.
A repeat buyer from Western Australia proved Gemini White Suffolk rams are worth the extra kilometres when they paid the top price on Wednesday. Warren Thomson of Hedingham White Suffolk stud, Wickepin, WA, was the top-price purchaser for the second spring Gemini sale running when he paid $5000 for lot 3.
The focus is simple at Gemini Prime Lamb Sires - lamb survival and fast growth. Principal Craig Mitchell has been breeding White Suffolks for nearly three decades, so he knows what matters to industry and his commercial customers.
Prices hit $4600 at the 11th annual summer White Suffolk ram sale for Gemini Prime Lamb Sires, Werneth. The sale averaged $1476, which principal Craig Mitchell said was an opportunity for new and returning clients to acquire affordable leading genetics.
The first progeny of Farrer 190001 are expected to be a major drawcard at Gemini Prime Lamb Sire’s Annual Summer sale on Wednesday 2 February, 2022. The 11th annual sale will feature about 110 White Suffolk ram lambs and Gemini stud principal Craig Mitchell expects Farrer 190001’s first-drop progeny to attract strong interest.
The Gemini Prime Lamb Sires 23rd annual spring sale achieved a stud milestone setting a new record price of $18,000, the highest ever paid for one of their White Suffolk rams. A large gallery at the Werneth property witnessed Lot 1, G 200361 make history as spirited bidding from both the sale barn and online bidders saw the hammer fall at $18,000 with the ram on his way to Hedingham White Suffolk Stud in Western Australia.
Highlights of stud breeding advancements including DNA testing will be on show at the Gemini Prime Lamb Sires 23rd annual on-property spring sale. 120 White Suffolk rams and 20 Suffolk rams including15 specially selected rams across both breeds are up for auction on Wednesday 20 October in Werneth, Victoria.
The 23rd annual on-property Gemini Prime Lamb Sires spring sale will offer a draft of rams highlighting the breeding advancements and many improvements the stud has introduced in recent years. 120 White Suffolk rams and 20 Suffolk rams are up for auction at the Wednesday 20 October sale, including 15 specially selected rams with unique attributes and stud ram potential.
The emotional trauma over the past 12 months through losing co-principal, wife and mother Rosalie in a level crossing accident not long after last year’s outstanding Gemini spring ram sale still weighed heavily on the minds of Craig Mitchell and daughters Emily and Chloe at the staging of their 20th annual three breed ram sale on Friday. The big crowd that included many fellow stud breeders who attended in support helped ease emotions.
WITH a focus on performance and animal health, Werneth stud sheep breeders Craig and Rosalie Mitchell have worked up from a humble start to selling 200 rams a year. The White Suffolk, Suffolk and Poll Dorset breeders are big believers in performance recording and are using DNA testing and electronic identification to accelerate the genetic gain of their flock.
A terrific result at Craig, Rosalie, Emily and Chloe Mitchell’s 6th Annual Gemini Summer White Suffolk ram sale clearly demonstrated their ranking within the prime lamb industry as one of the elite genetic suppliers. After many years of receiving less than value for their high performance rams, the last two years of summer and spring sales have seen that turn around, justly rewarding the Mitchells for their years of hard work and dedicated breeding.
Despite the industry leading genetics they have always had on offer, Craig and Rosalie Mitchell and family’s results at their last three Gemini Prime Lamb Sires’ sales have at last reflected that quality. Last Wednesday, 3rd February, they sold 57 Gemini White Suffolk ram lambs to a top of $1150, and averaged a solid $780 in a 95% clearance.
One of the big secrets in the prime lamb industry is out. The quality of genetics being produced and presented by the Mitchell family’s Gemini stud at Werneth, Vic was at last recognised by more prime lamb producers and produced a sizzling spring sale result after years of undervalued sales.