For all our Meatmaster selection
we consider it vitally important
that all sheep are at all times
run just on the open veldt with
no feeding or licks. Sheep are
dosed twice a year, once before
mating and once before lambing.
This is mainly done with a broad
spectrum to assure that our
sheep are protected from sheep
scab more than parasites. Only
in severe cases will certain
sheep be dosed and then marked
for selling. Inoculations are
only done for pulpy kidney,
pasturella and Brucilla Ovis
(Rev 1) Under these natural and
harsh conditions we would then
select in the following manner…
a) Cut Costs:
To select for the most
profitable sheep for our area we
keep costs to the minimum by
selecting for the following:
covering: Good shedding ability
in summer with enough fine fluff
Reason: No shearing costs, no tick treatment, no
after shearing weather risk.
herd instinct, easy lambing, no
Reason: Easy Management, reduced labour costs and
minimum lamb losses.
emphasis on adaptability.
Reason: No feeding costs, minimum dose and
and parasite counts are done for
Reason: To save on costs, time, labour and effort.
b) Improve Reproduction and
To generate maximum income
we have a policy of zero
for extreme circumstances all
ewe lambs must lamb before 13
ewes must rear a lamb at least
every 365 days.
ewes must rear a lamb able to be
marketed off the mother before
re-mating has to take place.
sheep must meet marketing
standards. No fat localization.
sheep must have a good enough
conformation to qualify for the
highest grades possible.
growth to the age of 5 months is
mature ewe not in lamb or losing
a lamb before weaning will be
culled. 20% of the weakest
producers will also be culled
each year after receiving BLUP
attention is given to BLUP
values for growth to wean,
maternal growth, post wean
growth and number of lambs
weaned so as not just to
emphasise one factor
and breed an unbalanced big sheep lowering
To achieve the above all ewe
lambs are classed at 12 months
and linear scored or remarks
given for the following:
& general appearance
and body size, at the same time
all lambs not pregnant will be