Breeding and Feeding

 

  • All Meatmasters run on a multi camp system and change camps every two weeks or monthly.

  • All ewes are mated, lamb and rear their lambs, including all twins, without exception in the veldt under natural conditions. 

  • All lambs are also weaned just onto natural veldt. 

  • We encourage twinning with our selections but ewes must be able to rear their lambs in the big groups under these natural conditions. 

  • All rams also spend their entire life just on the open veld.

  • There is no feeding before mating or for the sale of rams.

  • It has to be stressed again that no feeding of any kind ever occurs on any of our breeding animals.

  • Only old ewes not fit for further breeding if necessary will be fattened and sold for slaughter

  • This is stressed because a lot of breeders dont see licks or strategic feeding as having fed their sheep.

  • Common sense must prevail in times of natural disaster such as extreme weather conditions or drought.  The norm we use to see if sheep need any lick, drenching or feeding would be if 60% of the sheep are still managing adequately but only 40% are showing signs of stress then we prefer to mark and sell the 40%.  If however 60% are showing serious stress then it is only wise to realize that you are dealing with severe circumstances and a decision must be made to supplement or dose the sheep in a way to avoid losses.

All stud sheep are recorded, but for selection of the flock sheep we follow the following practice:

  • All lambs not lambing at 13 months are discarded.

  • All ewes not in lamb at lambing time are culled.

  • Before lambs are weaned a wet dry test is done on all ewes by way of removing all lambs from their mothers for the night and seeing in the early morning, when the ewes have swollen udders, what ewes are not in milk. These ewes that have lost their lambs are also culled.

  • When 85% of the lambs have been sold and only the weakest 15% are left, a wet dry test is again performed to find the mothers of this 15%. These being the weakest mothers are also taken out for sale.

Our Meatmasters will only have rock salt available to them throughout the year. We prefer that our feeding and management systems put our sheep under a certain amount of stress as this enables only the best doers to prove themselves as worthy of remaining in this Superior Genetics stud.