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BREEDING OBJECTIVES

At Kentish Downs we believe genetics play a significant role in productivity and profitability. Research has shown many carcase traits are moderately to highly heritable and provide good opportunities to improve breeding programs. 

 

Our focus is on increasing the potential of Kentish Downs Poll Dorsets to generate more profit for our clients. We are achieving this goal through targeted inclusions of stud sires and we have an extensive breeding and performance program, which combines a selection of the best quality sheep using both visual and Lambplan data to produce rams of the highest quality.

 

Artificial insemination and using Matesell allows single mating of one sire to selected ewes allowing Craig to fine-tune the breeding of rams which will then be offered for sale. All sheep have been DNA tested to allow the accuracy of data and pedigree. The sires used in the 2021 mating average in the top 2% of the Lambplan database for the Terminal Carcass Production Index.

 

In the near future, Kentish Downs plans to expand, increasing from joining 600 Poll Dorset ewes this year to 800 next year and potentially 1000 the year after.

 

“Applying the data to achieve genetic gain is very rewarding experience and one that others will benefit from as well,” Craig said.

 

Large scale solutions, communication, and quality genetics, we believe we can offer our clients the full package.

 

Breeding Objectives 

 

  • To breed Poll Dorset sheep that have the right balance of structural integrity and industry leading genetics to maximise profit right through the entire Prime Lamb supply chain.

  • To use Lambplan to benchmark across the Terminal Lamb Industry and use the most up to date technology to achieve our genetic gain objectives with maximum consideration of environmental and animal welfare outcomes.