our stud sheep enterprise
In 1985, Illoura obtained their first White Suffolk sire from the University of NSW. They had been experimenting with White Suffolk Sheep because they had observed that despite the Suffolk breed being clearly the best at producing fast growing lean lambs, they could only command about 10% of the prime lamb market because of the dark fibres in the wool.
Their aim was to produce a breed that had all the Suffolk characteristics except for the black face and legs. The Poll Dorset x Suffolk become their nucleus flock. By selecting for weight gain, fat ratio, ease of lambing, lack of colour, short dense down type wool and clean wool-free faces, a White Suffolk flock was developed.
In April 1986 the Illoura White Suffolk Stud was registered and the demand for White Suffolk rams has been fantastic. Illoura currently mates 1200 White Suffolk stud ewes.
The Illoura Poll Dorset Stud was founded in 1964 with the purchase of a ram which was mated to 55 Dorset Horn ewes.
The Poll Dorset is a short wooled, meat producing sheep. It has a long, well-fleshed body, dense 'Down' type wool and a white wool-free face.
Illoura has always aimed to produce easy-care flock rams with a strong constitution and good dense wool. The demands of the commercial market are always kept in mind in our breeding program.
Currently we are mating 120 Poll Dorset ewes.