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 It's what stud principal David Ridgway calls 'Balance' which he said is present within the production and preformance of all he and his wife Karen's Merino sheep on their 2500 hectare property in Bordertown, South Australia.

"When it comes to Merinos it's a matter of striking the correct balance for sustainable profitability" Mr Ridgway said.
"That is producing Merinos that are predictable, uniform and most importantly profitable."

Long term strategies are to breed towards the mean and not to use extreme types.

"This breeding philosophy produces sheep that have a genuine balance in their production and performance, are even and have a good depth of quality throughout with no wastage."

The Ridgway Advance sheep are plain, long and heavily bodied, producing soft, free growing wool with exceptional staple length, capable of thriving in a broad range of climatic conditions.

Mr & Mrs Ridgway and son Devon are passionate about breeding and raising Merino and Poll Marinos in a farming regime and care deeply both about the land and the sheep that graze upon it.

"One of the things we like about the Merino is that they are good on the country - they aren't harsh on the land or damage it as they are roamers," Mr Ridgway said.

"Over the last decade we believe we have struck the right balance and developed a dual-purpose Merino that has benefited the commercial grower.

"Conformation of performance in the commercial scene has seen long-term clients achieving great results in lambs over hooks, wool auctions and selling surplus stock in off shear sales," he said.



article wriitten by journalist of Farmer