Welcome to K.D. Sheepstuds
Through composite sheep breeding we are able to offer breeds that will maximize profitability and easy care . Our focus is on sheep “types” not what a breed is called . We breed 3 sheep types, a meat type , a wool/hair shedding type and a meat wool type. See if theres a sheep type to suit your environment, labour availability, lifestyle and farming system.
Feel free to call me for a chat on 0412 070 971.
2020 / 21 RAM SALES
25 KD Meat Merino rams
(Triggervale & Westbrook blood) sale list $750+ gst
25 Charollais & Composite rams sale list $850+ gst
Australian White, KD White Rams (nearly sold out)
K D Reds / Meatmaster rams 8 available $600 - $900 + gst
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Ph Kym for a chat 0412 070 971
All rams are MN2 -Monitored negative OJD status
and are Brucellosis accredited free #1141
Long term we have found that the high fertility and fast lamb growth of our meat / wool type sheep produces a better profit than a Merino type sheep that might cut an extra couple of kg of wool.
The Dohne breed led the Australian Merino industry into dual purpose sheep production from 1998.
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Sheep type - A terminal or maternal breed ,non seasonal breeders with high fertility (not litters) that carry a downs type fleece (non shedding) and exceptional for easy lambing traits .High yielding carcasses that are heavily muscled , used over all types of sheep for prime lamb production
In the years around 2000 we began breeding Coolalee sheep. Since 2015 we have infused the Charollais sheep breed.This composition is hitting all of the attributes that we have have set down for a terminal / maternal breed. This breed is fibre safe and presents no risk of contamination to Merino type wools.
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Sheep type - A shedding hair breed developed in Australia , non seasonal breeders and early maturing . Ewes will mate while lactating and young ewes will mate and lamb by 12 months of age .We do not shear our Australian White rams prior to sale or at anytime.
Blog -I have been breeding shedding sheep since 1999 and using the AW since 2012.They have had a big impact in my breeding in regard to foot structre / black hooves to the point where I am not trimming any feet on rams.My numbers of full blood AW are increasing slowly and I could have bought in more full blood ewes at big money to increase numbers more quickly but no stud sells their best ewes in early days of a new breed development and I already had a composite shedding ewe base that I had been establishing since 2011.That ewe base I knew were very good and I am enjoying the journey while increasing the AW % in my flock and I am extending my gene pool for longer with this process .Along the way I have been able to compare the fullbloods with my composites and I am very happy with where I am at with the K D Whites. My only concern with AW stud breeders is the lack of performance data supplied at sales (even a weaning weight would be good) and the shearing of shedding sheep pre sale.
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In 2011 after becoming frustrated trying to source sound new W D 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.In 2013 the Australian White was introduced into the mix and the composites are ticking all the boxes for a shedding breed. We do not shear our KD Whites rams prior to sale or at anytime.
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Sheep type - A shedding breed ,black hooved and various colours , prolific non seasonal breeders.The Red Meatmaster has been in our "meat only "sheep system since 2010 now and has proven what they were designed for.There is no diffence in the characteristics of the Reds and Whites apart from the colour BL Matter! Read More
Comments from clients about KD Aussie White & KD White
"The lambs from the KD rams are shit hot"
"We have lots of nice lambs with black hooves"
"The lambs are born with a thick hair coat, great for winter survival at birth"
Me to client...."So your happy with the rams?" Client..."Well I want more so yes"
"The rams I purchased last year fully shed within weeks, very happy with them and their progeny"
Ram production at K D Sheepstuds
The rams that we produce are raised naturally outdoors on pasture with minimal supplementry feeding.We lamb from March through to December depending on breed type and record sires , dams , birth dates , birth types and weaning and yearling weights and wool micron for Dohnes. Birth weights are no longer recorded as there is no issue with lamb size and birthing with any of the breeds we work with.I honestly dont have time to walk around the paddock with a bucket and scales!
RE ASBV's...With composite sheep breeding I was finding that breeding values were of little relevance across flocks as there was minimal across flock links .The calculated data is only good if the raw data is supplied for a complete drop of sheep and honest data is submitted .I may re visit this down the track but currently I supply raw data on rams and work with these breeds nearly every day .
K D Sheepstuds is brucellosis accredited free#1141 and MN2 OJD tested.
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