Our ram LT
8222 of 1998 has set a new standard for size in the
breed at that time. That impressive ram was
something to see and made the Australians gasp in
disbelief. A lot of his progeny was imported as
embryos to Australia by amongst others Mr. Graham
Sutherland who is the current President of the
Australian Meat Merino Breeders Society.
In spite of this ramís size; we have always aimed at
breeding a medium sized ewe which is well adapted to
our region. Our sheep are not being pampered at all
and are raised in the same conditions as all our
commercial neighbours do their flocks.
We have always strived to breeding a no-nonsense ewe
that lambs regularly and that have that certain
alertness that makes her protect her offspring. You
can only achieve this by using rams with that
alertness and that shows character in the head.
Ample milk production goes hand-in-hand with the
protective ewe and that is what provides us with
lambs that survive and grow fast; the essence of
sheep production. Genetic trend figures show that we
are making progress in exactly those areas. It can
be viewed underneath.
Good quality wool on our sheep has always been
important and continuous attention on that have
resulted in Stelena showing several wool champions
over the years. Breeding values for the SA Mutton
Merino gets more and more accurate and we use that
as an important aid in the selection of our breeding