Malone Lamb has been grown on our family farm near Naracoorte in South Australia’s Wrattonbully region since the 1940s. Sheep breeding has been at the heart of our farming business for four generations. Our sheep were originally bred for fine wool but over the past 70 years we have introduced new breeds and refined our minimum-stress management approach specifically to produce the finest quality meat.
Naracoorte (see Our Story) is renowned as one of the best prime lamb farming regions in Australia. Locals call it “Big Gum Country”, as our sheep graze among the majestic red gums, some as old as 700 years. Good reliable rainfall in winter and spring and plentiful underground water compliment our terrain, providing high quality natural feed all year round.
We believe stock health and wellbeing is the most important aspect of any livestock enterprise. We aim to achieve this by implementing the same integrated management program on our four properties.
Our lambs are mothered by Border Leicester/Merino Cross ewes, a breed that is renowned for its fantastic maternal qualities. These ewes are produced just north of Naracoorte on our Woodalla property. Its slightly warmer climate and abundance of trees provides excellent shelter for lambing ewes.
Poll Dorset and Whiteface Suffolk rams are the sires used in our flock. The Poll Dorset provides a strong, robust lamb that matures early in the season. The Suffolk is primarily used over maiden ewes as a lower birth weight lamb, assists them in having their first born, whilst providing us with lambs that mature slightly later in the season.
Careful pasture management provides our sheep with the right nutrition year-round. Our rainfall patterns mean that in most seasons, our lambs born in late autumn/early winter have lush green pasture which eliminates stress at this critical time. Before lambing, the ewes are individually scanned and put into separate groups for single births and twin births. Our irrigated pastures are generally set aside for the twinning ewes and the remainder go onto renovated pastures. Pasture renovation is important to ensure pasture production is at an optimum. These new pastures consist of lucerne, clover and grasses, and are sown as part of a rotation plan designed to suit the soil profiles of the individual properties. During dry seasons, lucerne and pasture hay is used to supplement the nutritional requirement of the sheep. Crop stubbles are also grazed, allowing us to rest our pastures during summer months. All our hay is produced on farm and gives a constant food supply in those years when we get a late rains or when the rains are early and don’t persist.
We have started the Malone Lamb brand to provide our customers with a consistent high quality product. The lambs leaving our property do so in small numbers and get to you in the most direct manor possible.
Malone Lamb is available exclusively through Grass Roots Urban Butchery (GRUB), Vaucluse, Sydney, New South Wales.
For more information contact:
Phone: (02) 9337 3063 or Fax: (02) 9337 3064