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Annual On-Property Sale
~ Friday 12th October 2018 ~
(Always 2nd Friday of Oct)
512 Stokes Bay Road
Kangaroo Island
South Australia

~ 200 White Suffolk Rams ~
~ 40 Maternal Rams ~
~ Both above - 1pm Start ~
~ 44 Poll Merino Rams ~
~ Poll Merinos - 4pm Start ~
~ Inspection from 11am ~
~ Live on AuctionsPlus
~ Lamb Pies Provided ~

Annual On-Property Sale
~Friday 12th October 2018
(Always 2nd Friday of Oct)

512 Stokes Bay Road
Kangaroo Island
South Australia

~200 White Suffolk Rams~
~40 Maternal Rams~
~Above 1.00pm Start~
~44 Poll Merino Rams~
~Poll Merinos 4.00pm Start~
~Inspection from 11am~
~Live on AuctionsPlus~

~Lamb Pies Provided~

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Ella Matta was the first registered White Suffolk stud in Australia (and the World!). Below is a letter from the founder Peter Heinrich (written in approx. 2001).

Flock No 1, PS Heinrich & Sons ELLA MATTA

Peter Heinrich Ella Matta
Peter Heinrich

There was always discount on the black points of the Suffolk, but the same sheep were better than the Dorset especially in drier years.

So after taking full control of Ella Matta three miles north of Bute in 1978, I purchased a Poll Dorset ram at the Dorset Fair from the “Kentish Downs” stud of Jim Martin and put him with my Suffolk ewes of Burwood blood.

After correspondence with Professor Ewan Roberts and Jeff Eppleston of the University of NSW, who had a government grant to develop an improved meat sheep, I made contact with Noel Corliss at the Hay Field Research Station and in August 1983 purchased two rams from their program. One DS 2-034 (50% Dorset) & DS B22002 F2 Dorset 5 Suffolk (75% Suffolk). This gave me a high % Suffolk blood ram to use over my 50% ewes.

We have had the pleasure over the years of selling a lot of stud rams privately and through the Foundation Breeders Sale at Moorlands.

White Suffolk Foundation Breeders History
At the first White Suffolk foundation breeders combined sale. From left: Allan Piggott, Geoff Gale, Peter Heinrich, Hedley Krieg, Andrew Michael, Ian Turner, Don Ferguson, and Malcolm Piggott.

Andrew, who has in 1999 taken over as studmaster, now uses AI as a means to search new blood lines. At this time he also moved the stud to Kangaroo Island.

White Suffolk History
Peter & Andrew Heinrich at the Royal Adelaide Show in the early days of the breed.

I have never considered myself to be a studmaster but just a keen stockman who was given No. 1 in the White Suffolk book and has had a lot of pleasure and friendship from that Association.

My hope for the future is that the White Suffolks can retain high % Suffolk blood and keep the easy lambing, clean head characteristics and Suffolk constitution.


Peter Heinrich

Since 1999

In 1999 Peter's son Andrew and his wife Tracie took over the White Suffolk stud. This tied in well with their Poll Merino breeding program that they had started for their own use in the early 90's. Both breeds have grown substantially since then and have taken the annual on property sale from around 50 rams to over 200. A key aim in this time has been to maximise performance by using the latest available technologies.

Heinrich Family
The Heinrich Family: Andrew, Georgie, Tracie and Jamie Heinrich.

From 2014 Andrew and Tracie's son Jamie has come back on to the family farm. He spent 10 years away at University, travelling and working for Thomas Foods International. Their daughter Georgie is a Radiographer in Adelaide.

3 generations white suffolk breeders. Heinrich
Three generations at Ella Matta: Peter, Andrew and Jamie Heinrich
. White Suffolk Conference 2015.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us along this journey. The foundation breeders, members of the White Suffolk Association, Classers (Ralph Speirs, Ian Turner & Bill Walker), service providers (Greg Johnsson, Deb Lehmann, Brecon Breeders, Steve Milne & Mike Shallow), Ted, Graham and Wayne Lehmann, Sheep Genetics Australia, Sheep CRC, Landmark, Elders, and the many others. We wouldn't have achieved what we have without you.

But most of all we would like to thank everyone who has supported us at our annual sale. You have allowed us to reinvest and continuously push our breeding program to new heights. We hope that you are enjoying the resulting benefits.