Sourcing outside genetics which will compliment the goals of the Nikau flock can be a challenge as many stud flocks have a reliance on high input. This year I tried some Perendale genetics, using a couple of Russell Proffits Raupuha Perendale rams. Russell is doing a good job with his stud, running it extensively with low drench input, selecting for good feet and mouths and has been put a strong focus on FE. These 2 sires I used were tested at .57 mg/kg. FE Silver status. This gave me confidence that i wouldn't lose FE tolerance introducing these genetics. The rams available for sale have been run with the Coopworth flock and undergone all the same testing and challenge. I FE tested a group of these ram hoggets at .6 mg/kg with good results. There are 3 , tested and passed at .6, in the catalog. The ewe hoggets which scanned in lamb have been retained and are being selected on mothering ability and temperament. They were mated to Coopworth rams and the progeny , at 3/4 Coopworth, will be screened back into the stud flock based on performance.
My crossbred sheep are recorded in my second flock Nikau B . SIL flock number 2325
Sale day- Friday Nov 6 Tuakau Saleyards Open Day on farm in Waikaretu - Tues, Nov 3