"Prime Lamb Sires for the Serious Producers"
The ICON Southie is a breed developed by Chrome Sheep Studs specifically for the prime lamb market in Southern Australia.
The breed was developed by Matt Tonissen when he saw the Australian lamb industry needing a fast growing, very early maturing lamb. Matt saw the opening for commercial producers to target well finished light trade weight lambs for markets such as the Middle East. With most lambs not carrying enough fat, carcass shape or muscle to kill at these lighter weights, he used the hybrid vigour of cross-breeding to produce a sire that would.
The use of Southdown rams over a selection of ICON Poll Dorset stud ewes enabled Chrome to produce a line of rams that will produce an earlier maturing lamb.
At marking, these lambs were already showing lots of early maturity and fat at this early age.
Other early benefits appear to be solid constitution, tough black feet and tighter, sappier skins. These rams are very suitable for ewe lamb joinings, as well as mature age ewes.
ICON Southie Ram Lambs at 6 months
Hamilton Sheepvention 6th & 7th August 2018
Chrome Sheep Studs will be having a display at Sheepvention situated in the Sheep Tech Marquee.
Henty Field Days 18th-20th Sept 2018
Chrome is heading to the Henty Machinery Field Days. Site 1049A Block V
2018 Sale Reports
Results of the 7th Summer Ram Sale (19th Jan)
2017 Sale Results
Results of the 6th Summer Ram Sale (20th Jan 2017) and the 9th Annual Ram Sale (12th Oct 2017), Chrome Genetics Ewe Sale (19th Dec 2017)
2016 Sale Results
Results of the 8th Annual Ram Sale (6th Oct 2016) and the Summer Ram Sale (22nd Jan 2016)