leahcim: poll merinos
- Mating 2000 mixed age breeding ewes
- Mating 400-600 ewe lambs
- Matesel used to maximize genetic gain
- Conducting Jivet, ET and AI programs every year to maximize genetic gain
- Selling in excess of 700 rams to every sheep breeding area in Australia
- Delivering rams to the eastern states in October every year
- Every stud sheep has full DNA pedigree
- Every sheep has the full ASBV information available through Sheep Genetics
- All the top breeding sires have skin test information
Leahcim Poll Merino Vision
Leahcim over the last seven years have conducted our biggest internal trial through the use of Jivet and intensive measurements to verify the future direction for Leahcim and our clients. As a seed stock genetic supplier to our trusting commercial client it is immoral if we don’t supply genetics that are traceable, profitable and ethically sustainable now and into the future. Leahcim have every stud animal with DNA parentage for full traceability within our stud and also for our commercial clients. The use of the most advanced breeding technologies has enabled LEAHCIM to fast track identify the main genes within our merino flock that will become the cornerstone of our breeding going forward. Jivet technology is one of the most exciting breeding tools we have ever worked with as it has allowed us to breed three generations in twenty months.
A Poll Merino sheep in the future must have the best:
Maternal traits; high fertility, positive fat and muscle, moderate frame.
Great carcase; High Post weaning ASBV’s for Growth, Fat and muscle which will deliver high yielding carcasses with great meat quality ( ASBV’s for Sf5-IMF- LMY)
Balanced wool production; Fleece weight ASBV’s in the range of +13 to +25 depending on the life time production requirements for wool or meat. Follicle densities of between 85 - 120 fibres per square centimeter. Visually classed wool that is white, bright, well aligned and very deep crimped.
Skin; there will be no tolerance for a thick wrinkle skin or a thin papery skin. The body will be plain with no wrinkle tolerated in the breech area.
Visual assessment; the visual assessment for good feet, legs, shape, mouth, udders and testicles are very important and should be the same for every sheep.