In 2011 after becoming frustrated trying to source sound new White Dorper genetics the choice was made to begin developing this composite shedding bloodline using White Dorper, White Meatmaster and the more shedding type sheep from the Coolalee breed.
The Coolalee is a large framed breed that had the Wiltshire Horn (without horn) breed as part of the composition.Therefore they were a semi shedder,mostly losing belly wool and clean around head and self crutching so it wasn’t hard to advance in 2 generations to a full sheeding breed. Easy lambing was a strong attribute of the Coolalee as were all other breeds used.The feet structure of the Coolalee was not an issue and they are a highly fertile breed that are non seasonal breeders .
In 2011 I purchased my first Australian White ram to consolidate the attributes that I was working toward . The resulting progeny are ticking all of boxes.
K.D. SHEDDING BREEDS HISTORY
In September 2000 we purchased our first 2 White Dorper rams. Despite knowing little about the breed apart from the negative publicity that came with them into Australia (due to fibre), we used them over Merinos and BL x M ewes. The 2 rams produced about 700 lambs over 2 matings in their first year. The resulting progeny showed hardiness, quick growth and high meat yield even as F1’s.
The ewe lambs were retained from that year and beyond and now the White Dorper breed formed the basis for our “Dedicated” meat production business.In 2011 the Australian White breed was added into the composition.
They have proven to be a valuable sheep breed as a maternal as much as a terminal due to the labour saving non wool aspect and their non seasonal breeding, high meat yields, ability to survive and reproduce on poor quality feed types. The mature body size of ewes is 20kg lighter than traditional breeds but they can still produce as much meat/hectare in a more efficent way.
Every year it gets easier not dealing with wool in a “meat system”. In years previous we used to shear 1500 lambs (for a handfull of fluff!)in the spring time just to avoid seed contamination and avoid having the wool too long for lamb processors requirements.
FAQ-What about the skin value of lambs sold?
A: You will more than make up that loss by the labour savings associated with non shearing/crutching of ewes and lambs. It needs to be seen as a whole farm management issue.
Using a shedding ram over a non shedding ewe will incur minimal skin value loss in the first cross.
WHY K.D. SHEDDERS?
- non shearing/crutching
- good feet structure
- naturally well muscled
- high yielding carcasses
- minimal external parasites
- early maturing
- early weaning
- drought tolerant
- lamb at 12 months old
- no lambing issues
- maternal/terminal breed
- 3 lambings in 2 years
- mate while lactating