Wiltipoll a perfect fit for life at Moffitts Farm

Wiltipoll a perfect fit for life at Moffitts Farm


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According to Julie Francis, Moffitts Farm chose Wiltipoll partly because of convenience and partly because of an affinity with the breed.

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WELL SUITED: Wiltipolls are a very good match for Moffitts Farm, fitting in well with their holistic approach.

WELL SUITED: Wiltipolls are a very good match for Moffitts Farm, fitting in well with their holistic approach.

Despite very little infrastructure to do so, Moffitts Farm swapped their livestock from cattle to sheep in 2012.

According to Julie Francis, they chose Wiltipoll partly because of convenience and partly because of an affinity with the breed.

"We used to be in cattle and wanted to try our Comfortable Farming method with sheep," she said. "Many sheep farmer visitors said it wouldn't work with sheep. That presented a challenge.

GOOD RATE: Moffitts Farm enjoy a very good lamb weaning percentage of about 140 per cent.

GOOD RATE: Moffitts Farm enjoy a very good lamb weaning percentage of about 140 per cent.

"We don't have a shearing shed and as Wiltipolls are shedding sheep they suited our needs.

"They are a great sheep to work with.

"They have a very good temperament,which suits our style of comfortable farming. At Moffitts Farm, we are very much into no-stress animal handling.

"We don't use dogs or vehicles to round up our sheep.

GOOD STORY: Moffitts Farm are interested in telling their story as consumer interest in animal welfare increases.

GOOD STORY: Moffitts Farm are interested in telling their story as consumer interest in animal welfare increases.

"Because our whole system is based on rotational grazing, the sheep get used to being moved from paddock to paddock. They come when they are called and just follow us to the next paddock and to the yards. Each year's drop of weaned lambs is trained to follow with 'leader' wethers."

Moffitts Farm prime lambs are sold to a specialty butcher, providing better value than selling direct to a supermarket.

"We sell our lambs to Meatsmith in Melbourne," Julie said. "It was more than getting a good price, we became involved with them because we also had a story to tell about our Comfortable Farming method and they were interested in that.

"More and more consumers are interested in a positive story about animal welfare and the farm on which the meat they buy is produced.

"Another part of our story is we are a nett carbon sink farm. We are sequestering about 250 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.

"After our sheep burping methane and our diesel use, Moffitts Farm is still 250 tonnes in the positive."

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