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Glenlea Downs Suffolks was registered in August 2005, when we bought 82 in lamb ewes from the Ngatahi Stud off Barry Lampp in Hunterville.  The Ngatahi Stud was founded in 1952, so the sheep are from one of the longest established flocks in the country.

We have worked hard since then improving the carcass and maternal qualities of the flock, purchasing two rams from the National Sale in December 2005.  They both performed well in the flock, increasing muscling in the lambs, while also producing productive daughters to enter the flock.  One sheep in particular, Beechbank BB30/04 brought us great pleasure by winning Sheep of the Show at the Waikato Show in 2006.  He has also left multiple championship winning lambs, the best being Glenlea Downs 44/07.  He won Blue Ribbon lamb at the Royal Easter Show and is now a flock sire.  We are looking forward to his first crop of lambs this spring.

Our first and foremost requirement of Tripletsour sheep is to get in lamb and rear a lamb.  Any which scan empty, or lose lambs during the season are culled.  Being a SIL recorded flock; we are able to accurately cull ewe lambs for replacements.

The twinning ability of a ram is lowly heritable, about 7%.  With this in mind, we don’t select rams on that trait alone.  Environmental factors such as feeding levels at mating and the number of eggs the ewe puts up in oestrus will affect lambing percentages far more than a twin reared ram will.  Our rams need to come from families which are performing, displaying productivity and survivability.  SIL measures family performances, taking the guess work out of choosing a stud ram.

Soundness and conformation are of utmost importance.  Eye Muscle Scanning results are useful indicators of a rams ability to improve a carcass.  Muscling is 60% heritable, so by selecting a ram with good scanning figures, we can very quickly improve the muscling of our lambs, which in turn are produced to be used by commercial farmers in their flocks.  All lambs, rams and ewes are EMA scanned in the autumn.  So we know what is going back in to flock, and what is in the ram paddock.  That means heavier lambs earlier to the works, and more money in the farmer’s pockets.

We currently run about 130 ewes, and have just added a further 12 purchased from Goldstream Farm.  Along with the two Goldstream rams we are using, this provides us with genetic assuredness that the stud flock and consequentially any service rams sold from our flock will perform.

Lambing starts in the last week of July.  At weaning time, the lambs have averaged 44kg over the last 4 seasons.  Several of the top lambs each year weigh more than 65kg at weaning, quite a remarkable weight gain over the 120 days they are on their mothers.  That’s a staggering 500grams a day.

We at Glenlea Downs Suffolks are confident that our flock is producing what the farmer wants.  Sound, hard working rams which add muscle and weight into the lamb.  Combined with the lambing ease and exceptional growth rates, Glenlea Downs’s rams will make a difference to your bottom line.

Features of the SUFFOLK sheep breed

Adaptability:
Suffolk Sheep are adaptable to all environments. The breed thrives equally in wet conditions where their hard black feet give them immunity to foot diseases, and they are also outstanding in dry areas where high fertility rams work well in hot summer conditions.

Resistance to Parasites:
Their clean face, crutch and points minimise fly strike and hardy constitution gives high resistance to internal parasites.

Fertility:
Owing to tremendous libido and greater activity, ram to ewe percentage can be reduced. More lambs can be dropped in a shorter period. Less rams are needed, thus less management time. Rams are active workers and are renowned for their longevity.

Ease of Lambing:
Lambs are born with narrow heads and smooth shoulders and are very strong at birth minimising lambing problems, loss of life and husbandry supervision.

Ideal Cross breeder:
Suffolk sires are ideal for maiden ewes, Merinos and first cross ewes alike. They produce the ideal lamb for today's market.

Early Maturity:
Under favorable conditions Suffolk lambs mature for market as early as 9 to 12 weeks, or can be carried on to heavy weights.

Quality Carcass:

Full of fine grain, choice lean meat. Superb flavour and has a high proportion of lean meat to fat. The Suffolk breed has a great record worldwide, including England, Europe, Canada and USA for comparison trials and carcass competitions.

Suffolk Wool:
When mated with Merino or first cross ewes, Suffolk cross wool is comparable to the best cross bred wools. It is readily used in the woollen trade and is renowned for durability. Ideal for home spinners. White, fine and moderately short and dense (24 micron).

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