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Ridgehaven
Poll Dorsets
Ridgehaven Poll Dorsets is a family owned business based in the central west of NSW. We run 1000 breeding ewes and sell stud and flock rams across the eastern states of Australia.

As a result of a balanced approach to selection and performance evaluation, our sheep achieve commerically important benchmarks such as early growth, shapely muscle patterns and high carcase yields.

We measure our success by the results seen by our clients in the saleyards and abattoirs. Top prices, high carcase yields and the first of the new season lambs reflect the commercial attributes we strive to attain.

Founded in 1965 by Ron and Jessie Legge, Ridgehaven is a second generation stud run by daughters Ruth and Isabele, and son Floyd.

Ridgehaven Poll Dorsets started breeding rams with the aim to improve prime lamb quality. This still remains our focus - that is, to breed rams for maximum prime lamb return.
A family business, focused on improving the lamb industry.
Breeding Principles
As a result of a balanced approach to selection and performance evaluation, our sheep achieve commerically important benchmarks such as early growth, shapely muscle patterns and high carcase yeilds.
 
We believe that breeding quality stock takes time and skill.

Knowing the pedigree and what came before, allows you to predict what will come in the future.

We apply strict visual assessments to maintain phenotype. Focusing on structural soundness, carcase shape, and important breed points such as faces free from wool.

Objective measurements provide information on growth, muscle and fat coverage. These allow us to know what we can't see.
Commercial Prime Lambs
A big part of our commercial reality is our prime lamb enterprise. The Forbes properties run 1200 Merino/Border cross ewes, and 600 Merino ewes as a self-replacing flock. 
 
Annually turning off over 1500 prime lambs, all sired by Ridgehaven Poll Dorset rams, benchmarks our genetics against the rest.
 
Already in 2015, the sucker lambs are in the markets at 12 weeks and have reached prices of $168.
Proven Results
Success for 2015 started at the NSW Sheep Show Prime Lamb Competition.
 
A pen of 6 commercial lambs entered in the trade weight (18 - 14kg) section had a carcase yeild of 57%. In actual terms that is 9 - 11 week old lambs of 39.3kg LWT and 22.6kg HCWT - that's a marketable weight in under 3 months! 
 
That's massive profitabity for the farmer and the butcher!
 
Our genetics are proven to perform in commerical conditions, maximising profitability for the lamb producer.
Our People
The stud was founded by Ron and Jessie Legge, as has been carried on by daughters Ruth Klingner, Isabele Roberts and son Floyd Legge.
 
Sadly Ron passed away in 2007, but his legacy remains in the breeding knowledge and skills he shared with his family.
 
Ruth, Isabele and Floyd are committed to quality stock and work hard to maintain a solid breeding program.
Location
Ridgehaven is located near Cudal, in the Central West of NSW. Cudal has a rich history of Poll Dorset studs, previously home to the famous  Linsbury, Marlebone and Boree Cabonne studs.
 
We also sell rams from our Forbes property "Muddy Water" and "Hillside", located near Bairnsdale in Victoria.
Our History
Established in 1965 at Bairnsdale (Victoria), Ridgehaven was founded with the introduction of 25 ewes from Braywood Stud (Cobram) and 23 ewes from Denver Echuca Park Stud (Echuca), and a ram from Valma Stud (Tasmania). 
 
A location move in 1993 to Cudal was a major turning point for the stud, enabling it to increase the number of rams produced, and making it's mark in the major lamb production area of the Central West of NSW.
Our Herefords
Our purebred Poll Herefords are as loved as the sheep. A now unregistered stud, the cows are lovely in temperment and produce vealers or yearling calves.
 
Bred with primarily Allendale genetics, we have recently bought a new sire from Gunyah Herefords, Cooma. A son of Tycolah Jovial, we are excited to have him join our breeding program.