Welcome to K.D. Sheepstuds.
Through composite sheep breeding we are able to offer breeds that will maximize profitability and easy care . Our focus is on sheep “types” not what a breed is called.
Look through our information here to see if theres a sheep type to suit your environment, labour availability, lifestyle and farming system.
Feel free to call me for a chat on 0412 070 971.
2019 RAM SALES
We held our Dohne and Charollais Composite ram sale on 9th Sept.
Thanks to those who attended.Dohnes sold to $2100 and 4 new clients helped existing clients to find work for 34 of the 40 Charollais Composites selling to a top of $1900 to average $1250.
We still have some younger Dohnes available for $800 + gst (sale list)
Charollais Composite Rams available $900 + gst (sale list)
AUSTRALIAN WHITE X K.D. SHEDDING COMPOSITE
Thursday 10th October
By Helmsmann bidding from 11am until 1 pm finish
(purchasers have an equal chance at all rams until the end )
40 Rams available(catalogue here)
60 ewes available -KD shedding Composite x AW - being sorted ATM
Ewes will be sold in groups of 10-20
Rams are 90% are black hooved , feet untrimmed and naturally grown.
Rams were assessed on Nov 30th 2018 as being 90% plus shedders.
We could shear rams pre sale for presentation purposes but choose not to so if you are into shedding sheep you "understand the concept"
2019 Sale rams including 3 meatmaster
60 + Aussie White Composite ewes to be offered in lots of 10 to 20
Some 2 and 3 year old ewes have just had lambs weaned off and have been running with AW rams again.
Also some ewe lambs that had a ram with them until 3 weeks ago (pictured below), too early to preg scan.Ewes to be offered by Helmsmann at the same time as rams.
This years sale rams are mostly of K.D. Composite types that can be from 75 to 93% Australian White blood.I have strived to use stud sires that are early shedding . From what I have experienced in the past 8 years of using full blood AW genetics I am happy to continue breeding a composite sheep that ticks all the boxes .This year we have used some Ultra White genetics through some of our composite shedding ewes.The progeny are still young but are looking like they will fit the specs.
Comments from clients
"The lambs from the KD rams are shit hot"
"We have lots of nice lambs with black hooves"
"The lambs are born with a thick hair coat,great for winter survival at birth"
Me to client...."So your happy with the rams?"Client..."Well I want more so yes"
"The rams I purchased last year fully shed within weeks, very happy with them and their progeny"
Ram production at K D Sheepstuds
The rams that we produce are raised naturally outdoors on pasture with minimal supplementry feeding.We lamb from March through to December depending on breed type and record sires , dams , birth dates , birth types and weaning and yearling weights and wool micron for Dohnes. Birth weights are no longer recorded as there is no issue with lamb size and birthing with any of the breeds we work with.I honestly dont have time to walk around the paddock with a bucket and scales!
RE ASBV's...With composite sheep breeding I was finding that breeding values were of little value across flocks as there was minimal across flock links .The calculated data is only good if the raw data is supplied for a complete drop of sheep and honest data is submitted .I may re visit this down the track but currently I supply raw data on rams and work with these breeds nearly every day .
K D Sheepstuds is brucellosis accredited free#1141 and MN2 OJD tested.
The Dohne breed led the Australian Merino industry into dual purpose sheep production from 1998.
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Sheep type - A terminal or maternal breed ,non seasonal breeders with high fertility (not litters) that carry a downs type fleece (non shedding) and exceptional for easy lambing traits .High yielding carcasses that are heavily muscled , used over all types of sheep for prime lamb production
In the years around 2000 we began breeding Coolalee sheep. Since 2013 we have infused the Charollais sheep breed.This composition is hitting all of the attributes that we have have set down for a terminal / maternal breed. This breed is fibre safe and presents no risk of contamination to Merino type wools.
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Sheep type - A shedding hair breed developed in Australia , non seasonal breeders and early maturing . Ewes will mate while lactating and young ewes will mate and lamb by 12 months of age .
Blog -I have been breeding shedding sheep since 1999 and using the AW since 2012.They have had a big impact in my breeding in regard to foot structre / black hooves to the point where I am not trimming any feet on rams.My numbers of full blood AW are increasing slowly and I could have bought in more full blood ewes at big money to increase numbers more quickly but no stud sells their best ewes in early days of a new breed development and I already had a composite shedding ewe base that I had been establishing since 2011.That ewe base I knew were very good and I am enjoying the journey while increasing the AW % in my flock and I am extending my gene pool for longer with this process .Along the way I have been able to compare the fullbloods with my composites and I am very happy with where I am at although I dont have a "name" for my brew.My only concern with AW stud breeders is the lack of performance data supplied at sales (even a weaning weight would be good)
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In 2011 after becoming frustrated trying to source sound new White Dorper genetics the choice was made to begin developing this composite shedding bloodline using White Dorper, White Meatmaster and the more shedding type sheep from the Coolalee breed.
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Sheep type - A shedding breed ,black hooved and various colours , prolific non seasonal breeders
The Red Meatmaster has been in our "meat only "sheep system since 2010 now and has proven what they were designed for. Although a slightly taller breed than the White Dorper / Aussie White.
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