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and latest news.

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LATEST NEWS

The Prime SAMM Society will support a booth at this event.

AGM to be held on the Thursday 10th July so come along in support of the breed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

     

    

Click Here for sponsorship and exhibition prospectus.                                                                                                                                         

 

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The Prime SAMM Society is offering sponsorship for this event. Don't miss out!

 

Text Box: ATTENTION: LAMB PRODUCERS  Don’t sell all your lambs just yet.  Save some for the Dubbo Show    Dubbo Show Society along with the Prime Lamb All Breeds Hoof & Hook committee has just announced a revamped competition to be run during the Dubbo Show.  The new look competition will have generous prizes and prize money as well as above market rates paid for all lambs and bonuses to all class placegetters.  Australia’s leading Ag Software Company PRACTICAL SYSTEMS from Armidale with help from ALLFLEX will be recording and analysing all data to provide you, the producer, better feedback on how your lambs have performed.  Select Breed societies have advised that they will reward any entry from their breed that wins the Most Successful Pen Hoof & Hook  When & Where: Dubbo Show 23rd,24th& 25thMay, Dubbo Showground Lamb Pavillion    Live weight classes:  Up to 48kg (trade)  48-60kg (export) (lambs will be weighed into classes on arrival)  Over 60kg (heavy export)     Entries close 25/5/2014 and will be limited to 2 entries per producer.    Lambs to be delivered to show ground between 10am & 11am Thursday 22nd May.      So get organised!! Have your lambs ready for this great competition.    For further information contact a committee member; Dave Amor 0419 032524 ,Brad Tink 0419 492285, Terry Mitchell 0418 253284, Danny Tink 0437 828733, Gus Kelly 0428 878221, Wes Temessl 0439 780570, Joe Po 0418 835464

 

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PRIME SAMM Brochure: Click Here

 

 

Ordering Information:

Prime SAMM Breeders Society of Australia Ltd

National Secretariat

ABRI

University of New England, NSW, 2651

Ph: 02 6773 3059

Fax:02 6772 5376

keryn.hutton@abri.une.edu.au

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THE BREED:

 

 

 

Meat Merino Genetices with Australian Wool Tradition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 History:

South African Mutton Merinos (SAMMs) Originally known as the German Mutton Merino, the first ten ewes and a ram were imported to South Africa from Germany in 1932 by the Department of Agriculture for a breeding programme. Through selection for a better wool quality and conformation, the uniqueness of the South African breed was recognised in 1971 when the breed name was changed to the SA Mutton Merino. Approximately 60 percent of South African sheep are Merino, which produce high yields of fine wool.

DescriptionThe SA Mutton Merino is a dual purpose mutton-wool sheep (60:40 mutton to wool), originally bred for its high adaptability to all farming regions in South Africa. The breed was developed to produce a slaughter lamb at an early age as well as a good quality wool. Lambing percentages in excess of 150% are common and the ewes have ample milk to raise the healthy well-grown lambs. The SA Mutton Merino is a polled breed with the rams having mature masses of 100-110 kg (~220-245 lbs) and the ewes having mature masses of 70-80 kg (~155-175 lbs). Well cared for sheep in show condition will exceed these weights considerably.

 

Primary characteristics:

  • Adaptability and hardiness -exceptional in dry conditions, non-selective grazers.
  • Excellent dual purpose breed - early maturing, 60:40 meat to wool sheep.                                          
  • Highly fertile, good mothering qualities.
  • Non-seasonal breeders

    Typical SAMM production figures:
  • Lambing percentages of 150% and higher are common
  • Non seasonal breeder lambing every 8 months
  • Ability of rearing multiple births
  • Gross feed conversion ratio 3.91:1 (in finishing lambs)
  • Excellent temperament and ideal for feed-lot practices
  • Ewes yielded up to 4.8 litres of milk per day
  • Lamb weight gains more than 350 g/day in extensive conditions, producing lean, heavy, prime grade carcases
  • Average wool micron of 21-23 free of kemp and coloured fibres
  • Average ewes produces 3.4 to 4.5kgs wool

    • Average ram produces 4.5 to 6kgs wool
    • Exceptional in dry conditions needing minimum supplementary feeding even in drought
    • Known for its will to live and strong constitution
    • Non selective grazer utilizing low quality roughage
    • Polled sheep although the ram occasionally may have a scur horn
    • No mulesing required

 

Prime Samm The Excellent dual purpose breed - early maturing, 60:40 meat to wool sheep.