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.
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!
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.
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