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THE VISION. +. Durability & Fertility. Muscling. =. MEATMASTER. WHY THE MEATMASTER?. The Meatmaster is a composite Sheep Breed in South Africa. It is bred as a non-fat tailed, hair type Sheep for meat production.

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THE VISION

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Durability & Fertility

Muscling

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MEATMASTER


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WHY THE MEATMASTER?

  • The Meatmaster is a composite Sheep Breed in South Africa.

  • It is bred as a non-fat tailed, hair type Sheep for meat production.

  • It offers Farmers an alternative with unique characteristics to meet the need of a huge market in South Africa and around the World.


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BREED STANDARDS

Completely new and unique Breed.

Ignores petty conformation issues.

Totally focused on economic factors.

Designed to:

Keep costs as low as possible!

Get income as high as possible!!

MAXIMIZE PROFIT!!!


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COLOUR AND SKIN PIGMENTATION

  • Any colour, or combination of colours, is acceptable.

  • Good pigmentation around the eyes and over the ears is essential.

    REASON

    • To prevent cancer and eye infection.

    • Stronger hoofs.


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HEAD AND HORNS

  • Ewes must be feminine tending to be polled.

  • Rams must be masculine also tending to be polled.

  • Horns in both sexes are acceptable.

    REASON

    • Easier to manage in sheep yards

    • Less vulnerable to fly strike as result of horn injuries.


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COAT COVERING

  • Must have mainly short shiny hair

  • Underlining blanket of fluffy fine Wool.

  • Must never be shorn, natural shedding ability of coat is essential.

    REASON

    • Extreme Cold and Heat tolerance (Winter sub zero – Summer 40°C +)

    • Protection from ticks and flies, no sheering costs.

    • Neat and tidy – No fly strike.










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CONFORMATION AND LEGS

  • Must be of average size.

  • Have a functional efficient body conformation.

  • Well placed legs with excellent walking ability.

    REASON

    • Easy lambing.

    • Enough meat with good movement.


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HINDQUARTERS

Must be well fleshed.

No fat localization.


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TESTICLES

  • Well formed with excellent elasticity.

  • Absolute minimum abnormality and faults.


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BODY CONFORMATION

RAMS

  • Big and Muscular

  • Especially strong over the loins.

EWES

  • Sleek and Feminine

  • Excellent mothering ability.


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TAIL

  • Must have a good attachment.

  • Preferably not be longer than the hock.

  • Have a neat wedge shape with only a moderate amount of fat.

  • Must never be necessary to have the tail taken off.

    REASON

    • Prevent ticks and fly strike.

    • No stress or possible infection with tail cutting – lower risk.

    • Less work – Lower cost.



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TAIL PROBLEM 1

  • Too short

  • Too fat

  • Not wedge shaped

    • CULLED

      REASON

    • Fat localization

    • Poor carcass quality


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TAIL PROBLEM 2

  • Too long

  • Too fat

  • Low attachment

  • Totally unacceptable.

    • CULLED

      REASON

      • Mating difficulties

      • Poor carcass quality


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TAIL PROBLEM 3

  • Drooping rump

  • Low tail attachment

    • CULLED

      REASON

      • Mating difficulties

      • Poor Carcass quality


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TAIL PROBLEM 4

  • Too fat

  • Too wide

    • DISCRIMINATE

      REASON

      • Leads to mating difficulties

      • Fat localization

      • Poor carcass quality


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HERDINSTINCT

  • The Breed must have a very strong herd instinct.

    REASON

    • Vital for better management in rugged bush or mountainous regions.

    • Prevents wandering and going through fences.

    • Protect themselves and their lambs from predators.


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PURPOSEFUL SELECTION

AIMS TO ACHIEVE:

  • Extremely fertile Sheep.

  • Good mothers that rear their Lambs without problems.

  • Virile rams with excellent serving ability.

  • Sheep with good movement and walking ability.

  • Lambs that will reach a slaughter mass of 15-25kg, off their mother, preferably before six months.

  • An average grading of A2-A3 must be achieved at above slaughter masses.


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…cont PURPOSEFUL SELECTION

  • No sheering.

  • No cutting of tails.

  • Minimal dosing, Inoculation and Dipping.

    AN EASY CARE SHEEP IN ALL ASPECTS

    NOFEEDING!!


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BLOOD TYPE AND DEVELOPMENT

It was decided that:

  • Meatmasters must have a percentage Damara blood.

  • We will remain an open herd book.

  • Meatmasters are developed by crossing different Breeds and then purifying the crosses.


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BLOOD TYPE AND DEVELOPMENT

  • It does not matter how breeders intend breeding their Meatmasters…

    ..it is just of vital importance that at all times the Breed standards and selection norms of the Meatmaster are strictly adhered to.

  • These form the basis of the Breed.

  • The Meatmaster sets the breed standards and how breeders intend to achieve it is up to them.


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Registered Stud Breeders

Sell registered Rams and Ewes.

Can sell on all Sales.

Full Sheep recording on Shepherd program.

Record with Studbook or ARC.

Compulsory performance testing.

B) Ordinary Stud Breeders

Sell flock Rams and Ewes only.

Can sell on all Sales.

No recording necessary.

No performance testing necessary.

REGISTRATION AND MEMBERSHIP

ALL BREEDERS MUST BE FULL MEMBERS OF BREED SOCIETY


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IDENTIFICATION OF SHEEP

  • Tattoo or ear tag before Lamb is 1 week old.

  • Tattoo or ear code before wean.

    • Easy identification if lamb loses it’s ticket.


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Example # 198

Example # 222


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WHAT TO DO FOR REGISTRATION

  • Identify all Sheep by giving them a number.

  • Make up a mating list when mating.

  • All Lambs born must be identified within a week.

  • All lambs must be allocated to a CONTEMPORARY GROUP – Born within 60 days.

  • In birth notification note the Date of Birth, Sex, the Father the Mother and Birth status.

  • At 100 Days check the identification and weight all lambs and wean.

  • Record different treatment groups.


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HOW TO KEEP RECORD

  • Shepherd Computer program can be downloaded from:

    http://gadi.agric.za

  • Make your own:

    • Mating Book

    • Birth Notification Book

    • Weighing Book

  • Remember that the value and accuracy of your information will only be as good as the accuracy of the data you capture.

  • Must attend a Performance testing course to understand Indexes, Breeding Values, Management Groups, etc.


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SEND TO THE ARC

  • I.D. of each Sheep

  • Date of Birth

  • Birth Status

  • Sex

  • Father

  • Mother

  • 100 Day Weighing Date

  • 100 Day Weight


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WHO TO SEND TO?

ADDRESS

A.R.C Animal Improvement Institute

Private Bag X 529

Grootfontein Agricultural College

Middleburg E.C

5900

Robert Tayler

Tel. +27 (0)49 842 2563

E-mail:[email protected]


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THE SOCIETY

  • Determined and Dedicated

  • Effective

  • Affordable

    Services Delivered

    • 8hrs a day available via telephone

    • Maintain Website – http://www.meatmaster.org

    • Help for Members and new Members

    • Sending circulars and accounts

    • Manage finances of Society

    • Keep notice of yearly meetings

    • Help with advertisements


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Tel: +27 (0)51 821 1488

Fax: +27 (0)51 821 1783

Website:http://www.meatmaster.org

E-mail: [email protected] (Charmaine Alberts)

POSTAL ADRESS

P.O.Box 328

Brandfort

9400

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

36 Voortrekker Street

Brandfort

9400

SOCIETY CONTACT DETAILS











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NATIONAL SLAUGHTER LAMB COMPETITION

Held at Bethulie

  • 59 Groups entered

  • Meatmasters

    • Average Weight 41,5kg

    • 9th placing

  • 236 Single Carcasses entered

  • Meatmasters

    • 22nd

    • 23rd

    • 55th


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NATIONAL SLAUGHTER LAMB COMPETITION

AVERAGE WEIGHTS

41,5kg

GROUP PLACING

9thout of 59 Groups

SINGLE PLACING

  • 22nd

  • 23rd

  • 55th

    out of 236 Carcasses


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FUTURE OF THE MEATMASTER

Success Guaranteed Because the Meatmaster…

  • …is selected solely for economic factors under natural conditions.

  • …ensures Breeders the highest income to cost ratio, i.e. max profit.

  • …distinguishes itself under extensive farming conditions.

  • …performs well in research projects regarding net income.

  • …has tender tasty meat with good carcass qualities.

  • …creates a lot of interest internationally because of its uniqueness.

  • …has extremely easy care and management.

  • …has no fancy points and shows play no part in selection.

  • …has compulsory performance testing for efficiency of production and reproduction.


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SUCCESS OF THE MEATMASTER…

…DEPENDS ON YOU!

BREEDERS:

  • Get to understand natural breeding and selection principles.

  • Understand performance testing and apply it effectively.

  • Attend courses!

  • Get involved with the Breed and its promotion.


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ENSURE YOUR OWN SUCCESS

Be disciplined and dedicated regarding your breeding and selection.

Advertise the breed country wide, but especially in your area by means of:

  • Farmers union meetings and Farmer Days

  • Shows

  • Emerging Farmers

  • Articles in Agricultural Magazine

  • Participation in slaughter competitions

  • Organize Sales

  • Use locale Newsletters or Newspapers

  • Get a Website!(visit http://www.studbreeder.com)


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INVOLVE THE FOLLOWING

  • Bank Managers and Agricultural Economists

  • Marketing Agents (BKB / CMW / etc.)

  • Landbank

  • Co-op Managers

  • Accountants

  • Agricultural department’s of Universities and Colleges

  • Successful farmers of your area


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MEATMASTERS WORLDWIDE

EWE LAMBS AUSTRALIA

RAM LAMBS AUSTRALIA

Breed already Registered in:

  • Australia

  • Canada

  • Mexico


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BACK A WINNER!

The Meatmaster is undoubtedly a winning Breed.

Do your part and don’t wait for the Board or Society.

YOU ARE THE SOCIETY.

You must be the motivation.

The Breed offers you everything…

…your success depends fully on what you intend to do with it!

Get involved with the development and promotion of the Breed.

It has the potential to change Sheep breeding worldwide!!!

Make this the investment of your life.

IT IS TIME TO BACK A WINNER!!!


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MEATMASTER

Meatmasters will see you through the tough times……the good times will take care of themselves!!


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