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Japanese Buyers Purchase Oakwood Suffolks

Total Livestock Genetics at Camperdown who co-ordinated the shipment approached Oakwood to supply Suffolks as the Japanese buyers were looking for high performance sheep that could tolerate the northern hemisphere climate and supply seed stock for the growing market in Japan for tender lamb.

The initial selection occurred in September 2016 and after four different tests for Johnes disease and quaranteen 50 ewes and 5 rams flew to Japan on 10th January.

Suffolks are renown world wide as one of the most tender meat breeds and the Australian Sheep Genetics Information Nucleus Breeding Programme comparing all major meat breeds resulted in Suffolk progeny being number one breed for tenderness and intra-muscular fat.

The Oakwood Tenderlamb Ram breeding programme was able to supply sheep that are in the top 10% of all breeds for tenderness.

All Oakwood Sires have the highest gene rating for cold tolerance and as it is passed through extended generations the purchasers were relieved that the sheep would be able to lamb in the extreme weather conditions.

While some lambing deaths can be attributed to specific causes such as birthing difficulties and poor mothering, approximately a third of them are associated with cold exposure and starvation.

Given that the weight of meat produced each year is more dependent upon the total number of lambs that survive to weaning, than upon the individual performance of lambs, is could be argued that lamb survival is an important selection criterion that should be included in all breeding programmes.

All the of Oakwood rams to be sold on property at Poolaijelo on Thursday 12th October have the highest tolerance to cold and nearly half are Tenderlamb Rams.

 


Dr Steve Williams of Total Livestock Genetics, Camperdown and Duncan Young of 
Oakwood Suffolks inspect some of the ewes selected for export. 


 

Tenderlamb Ram trademark registered

 

It's official, Oakwood has registered the Tenderlamb Ram trademark which identifies rams that will produce tender lambs.

Based on the Australian Sheep Breeding Value for Shearforce SF5, the rams that qualify are in the top 10% of all breeds for tenderness.

As intra-muscular fat is not included in the selection criteria Tenderlamb Rams have no effect on dressing % or lean meat yield.

Over half of the 2016 rams sold were Tenderlamb Rams including all the Suffolks and half of the White Suffolks.

Suffolks are renown world wide as one of the most tender meat breeds and the Australian Sheep Genetics Information Nucleus Breeding programme comparing all major meat breeds resulted in Suffolk being the number one breed for tenderness.

Within the Oakwood White Suffolks we are breeding a line of rams selected for tenderness.


 

All Oakwood Sires have the highest Cold Tolerance gene marker

 

Lamb mortality within the first 48 hours of birth results in major economic losses to the sheep industry.

While some lamb deaths can be attributed to specific causes such as birthing difficulties and poor mothering, approximately a third of them are associated with cold exposure and starvation.

While completely eliminating lamb deaths is impossible, studies have demonstrated genetic variation in cold survival through the establishment of lines of sheep with high and low resistance. Thus, gains in lamb survival are possible by including cold tolerance as a selection criterion in breeding programmes.

Research at Lincoln University has focused on a key gene in the pathway that leads to heat generation in response to cold stress and the and the ability of newborn lambs to survive cold weather.

Given that the weight of meat and wool produced each year is more dependent upon the total number of lambs that survive to weaning, than upon the individual performance of the lambs, lamb survival is an important selection criteria that should be included in all breeding programmes.

All Oakwood Suffolk and White Suffolk sires have been tested and have the highest cold tolerance gene marker AA Cold Tolerance.


OAKWOOD CAPPED RAM AUCTION - THURSDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER

11.00AM CST - Naracoorte Showgrounds - Inspection from 9.00am

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5 Suffolk Stud Rams    |     70 Suffolk Flock Rams     |     20 White Suffolk Flock Rams

 

 

  

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OAKWOOD PURCHASES $11,000 SUFFOLK RAM AT GLENCRAIG DISPERSAL
SETTING AUSTRALIAN SUFFOLK RAM LAMB RECORD PRICE
 

Oakwood purchasing $11,000 Suffolk Ram Lamb  Oakwood sets Australian Suffolk ram record australian price at Glencraig dispersal

From Left: Matt Lowe (Landmark), Duncan Young (Oakwood Stud), Roy Addis (Landmark) & Donald Cochrane (Glencraig Stud) From Left: Duncan Young (Oakwood Stud), John Wirth (Landmark Auctioneer), Matt Lowe (Landmark) & Donald Crochrane (Glencraig Stud)


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ROYAL ADELAIDE SHOW 2015
SHOW & SALE SUCCESS AND AN INVESTMENT IN NEW GENETICS

 

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OAKWOOD PURCHASES A HALF SHARE IN GLENCRAIG 130098 "GEORGE"

George stood out at four months of age as the best 2013 drop lamb at Glencraig and he has grown into a 140 kg sire with lots of potential. He is the best muscled  2013 ram I have seen with moderate birthweight, good structure, sound legs and feet and handy lambplan figures. His dam Glencraig 110977 is proving to be a consistent breeder of stud rams. 

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Semen is available at $30/ewe dose.

 

Glencraig 130098 - George  Glencraig 130098 - George
Glencraig 130098 - George
 
 

For all enquires about Sale Rams and Suffolk Sale Ewes please contact

Gordon Wood, Landmark, M: 0408 813 215

  



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