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Brendan M 224532 26 Poll Dorset Rams either
Poll Dorset Rams
I am just wondering how popular the Poll Dorset breed of
sheep is in other countries. Here in Australia they are the
most popular meat breed, siring over 75% of the prime lambs
produced every year. We operate a Poll Dorset stud in
Queensland with approx. 150 ewes. This photo can be found on
the Australian Poll Dorset Association homepage
( which you may want to visit if you
are interested.
Re: Poll Dorset Rams
Hi, where did you get your breeding material from ? What is
your lambing % and at what weight do you wean your lambs ?
What price do you get for your lambs at wean or do you fed
them to a heavier weight ? I am also a sheep breeder in
South Africa and is very interested in sheepbreeding in
other countries.
Re: Poll Dorset Rams
Hi Kerneels, we generally only buy in stud rams from other
studs in Australia, however I have not ruled out doing some
artificial insemination work. Our lambing % is generally
between 125-150%, which is pretty much standard for the
breed. We wean our lambs at between 40-65 kg and 4-5 months
of age, and this year we had a pair of twin rams lambs do
65kg at 4 months. For our commercial lambs we generally get
between $75-$115 australian dollars for them at 45kg, mainly
through the saleyards, but we also put the pick of the draft
into shows and have had a lot of success in that area. What
breeds do you run in South Africa? We have some South
African breeds here now (Dohne, South African Meat Merino,
Dorper and Damara) and they have had some success. I would
be very interested to see how you raise sheep in south
africa and thanks for your interest.
Re: Poll Dorset Rams
Hello Brendan, we have South African Mutton Merino sheep
on the farm. Also a few Dohne Merino ewes that we are
crossing with SA Mutton Merino rams. All our sheep run graze
on natural grass. We have some good pastures in South Africa
and we keep 1 ewe on 1 ha. We lamb twice a year and get 125%
lambing%. We wean on 38-42 kg. We get AUS $5 per kg
slaughter weight. But in December it will go up to $6
because of higher demand. We get for our wool about $6.50
/kg clean wool. But we have one big problem with our sheep.
We have many people in South Africa that are stealing our
sheep. I lost 35 in 2 years, but other farmers lost many
more. Our laws are not good enough to keep that people in
jail. My sheep sleep every night near my house under lights
so I can see what is going on there.

Interesting to find out how other farmers do their thing in
other countries. What problems do you have ?

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