Dr Steven Johnston. Utilising the genetic pool. NI Red Meat Task Force Strategy. 1 full time job = 2000 ewes Annual stocking rate 10 ewes/ha Use of easycare selected genetics Grass/forage based systems Minimal fixed costs 1.75 lambs reared per ewe to ram. What is global reality ?.
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Utilising the genetic pool
Combine complementary breeds
NZRomney – Can perform in a wide range of outdoor lambing grass fed conditions, good feet
+ Finn – fertility (too much?), small lambs, lambing ease, free from prolapse, high fat milk, medium udder small teats(<mastitis), hard teeth
+ NZ Texel – increased lamb birthweight, wool bulk & survival, carcase conformation
= Highlander Maternal Composite
Length of reproductive life
Mature ewe weight