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About

Maternal Composites

Foundation Ewes

We started our Maternal Composite Flock in 2010 as some of our terminal clients were wanting to change from buying in replacement first cross ewes to breeding their own replacements.

Our foundation ewes were some of our most fertile White Suffolks. We used some cfa ewes which had a track record of fertility and longevity. We also gave our White Suffolk ewe lambs the oppor-tunity to lamb at 12-14 months into our composite programme hence introducing some of our best and early sexual maturity White Suffolks into our composite flock.

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Introduced Genetics

Outside infusions initially introduced East Friesian, Border Leicester, Finn and Texel genetics. More recently there has been a small Coopworth infusion. These sheep have been at the top of their flocks on Lambplan. We also introduced Poll Merino into some of our sheep in response to clients that wanted to retain some wool focus. These were selected from a highly performance recorded flock with particular emphasis placed on fertility, fat and muscle.

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Group of 2015 Maternal Composite Sale rams

Current Position

While the flock is relatively new we are excited with the sheep we have to offer. We believe we have been able to produce a moderate framed, highly fertile ewe with excellent carcase attributes and tight skins.

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Pictured maiden ewes owned by Tony Mackereth Padthaway SA

  • Born May 2013
  • Joined February 2014
  • Scanned 127% Lambs
  • Marked 107% Lambs
  • Top 40% (Sired by Days White Suffolks) dressed 23kg on 16/10/2014

 

 


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