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Latest Happenings

Here is the latest news and updated from Twin Farm Genetics

A I Breeding Programme

This season we have used AI in our breeding programme across 95 ewes in our TEFRom and Suftex studs.

This is the eighth time we have used AI in our breeding programme and it is a great tool to enable us to use genetics which would otherwise be hard to use due to location or demand. Using high performing outside rams ensures breeding diversity without compromising the top quality genetics we strive for. Using these rams also forms additional links to the other breeders throughout the country. These links (both within and across breeds) help enhance the accuracy of the breeding values for all the rams in NZ.

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Weighing Ewe Hogget Fleeces

On December 28 we got Darin Forde's shearing gang in to shear the TEFRom ewe hoggets, these had been weaned a week prior. This video shows the shearing of the ewe hoggets and the fleeces being weighed. It is an 'all-hands-on-deck' job to ensure the recording is accurate. The fleece weights become a component of the Maternal Worth value calculated by SIL. This is another example of us doing the recording so YOU can buy with Confidence!

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Winners - Abacus Bio Ltd New Zealand Maternal Worth Award

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We are delighted to announce that we are the 2017 winners of the Abacus Bio New Zealand Maternal Worth award at the New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards for our TEFRom rams.

The Award was presented at the annual Beef & Lamb Sheep Awards dinner in Invercargill on Wednesday night. Receiving this award recognises the work we have, and will continue to, put in to developing the best possible combination of traits for our clients. We are extremely proud to be recognised as having the number One ram out of all the maternal breeds and breeders in New Zealand.

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Twin Farm Tailing

Bringing the ewes and lambs in for drafting out before tailing. This mob had 226 ewes and 408 lambs, 180.5% through the pen.

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Twin Farm Lambing

Tagging Hogget twins, Andrew is EID tagging and recording the lambs, along with a maternal and teat placement score for the hogget.

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Southern Field Days Site

We welcome you to visit our site at the Southern Field Days, site 120 in the Agricentre. Andrew and Russell will be at the stand and look forward to catching up with existing clients, and meeting new and perspective clients. We are also more than happy to talk to other sheep farmers who might be interested in learning more about how the independ Click to view

Twin Farm Field Day

Dr Neville Jopson's presentation on the value of Maternal Worth to commercial farmers, from our field day.

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Hogget Lambing Field day

Here is Deane Carson's presentation on the value of Hogget Lambing at our field day.

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Twin Farm Field Day

Did you miss our field day?

Here is a link to the Beef and Lamb NZ's booklet on 'Hogget Performance, Unlocking the Potential' this was available at our field day and provides some guidance to farm Click to view

Genetic Trends - TEFRom

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Genetic Trends graphs for Twin Farm TEFRoms Flock 4474.

The green 'overall' line shows the national average for maternal breeds.

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Genetic Trends - Suftex

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Genetic Trends graphs for Twin Farm Suftex Flock 4705.

The green 'overall' line shows the national average for terminal breeds


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The proof is in the progeny

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