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Rammen op stal

De rammen staan binnen en zijn geschoren. Inmiddels hebben we nakomelingen van Bentley Jabulani, Sitlow Sidekick, Specop Nutcracker, Drinkstone Knock Out en Cairness Carbon (via KI). Ik ben erg te spreken over de eerste resultaten. De rammen staan in een ruime frisse stal met veel buitenlucht. Vorige week bij de ijzige wind had  ik de deuren dicht gedaan en dat leidde  meteen tot beginnende longontsteking Veel ventilatie dus!

Fok wat de klant vraagt!

In Engeland is de stok weer een goed in het spreekwoordelijke hoenderhok gegooid. De strijd tussen de showfokkers en de meer commercieel georiënteerde fokkerij is daar al lange tijd aan de gang. Ian McDougal, een Australische veearts en Charollais fokker, heeft op een grote 33bijeenkomst van schapenhouders fel uitgehaald naar de stamboeken. Niet de vet gemeste showdieren zouden de prijzen moeten winnen maar rammen die ieder jaar 100 tot 150 ooien dekken en dat 4 jaar zonder probleem doen. Lees meer over dit onderwerp in dit artikel.

“PEDIGREE ram breeders need to raise the expectations of the commercial farmers they are selling to and start marketing fit males capable of serving 100-150 ewes in three weeks every year for at least four years, said Ian McDougall.

Speaking to a room full of pedigree breeders, the Australian vet and Charollais breeder was not afraid to ruffle a few feathers, saying breed societies should re-educate judges so big, fat rams stopped winning shows.

This would discourage breeders from over-feeding rams, he said, arguing this was incredibly damaging to the health, fecundity and longevity of sires – see panel below.

Naturally grown, rather than over-fed rams, could be marketed as fit enough to serve many more ewes, and could be sold for more money.

One breeder in the audience said the fault lay with the commercial farmers for always paying top price for the biggest ram in the auction. But Mr McDougall told him to stop selling rams through the ring and do it from home instead.

“If it means big ram sales disappear, then so be it. Why spend all that money on performance recording and waste it by selling through the ring and not being able to tell the customer your story,” he said. Read More …

Relaunch for Premier Suffolk Breeders sire referencing scheme

Relaunch for Premier Suffolk Breeders sire referencing scheme: “suffolk sheep
Relaunch for Premier Suffolk Breeders sire referencing scheme
13/06/2008 10:00:00
suffolk sheep

The re-branding and relaunching of Premier Suffolk Breeders has been driven by commercial profitability.

Formally Suffolk Sire reference scheme chairman Peter Baber commented how members have always been focused on providing rams, which will produce more offspring and grow more quickly, giving more lean meat.

‘This group rivals progress made by any other group of sheep breeders. The re-launch is exciting and progressive and we will continue to achieve the fastest genetic improvement of our stock,’ he said.

by Sarah Trickett (About this Author)”