The BreedersBEST Prolific is a maternal composite breed utilising East Friesian, Finn, SAMM and NZ composite genetics. When crossed with a Merino ewe they produce an ideal F1 Prime lamb dam.
The aim of the Prolific genetics program is to produce a maternal line that can conceive and rear increased numbers of fast growing prime lambs with large carcasses & ideal fat cover whilst maintaining stylish low micron wool.
For a Prolific ewe to enter the BreedersBEST Embryo transfer program she must rear twins when mated at 7 - 8 months of age.
IDEAL BREED FOR 1ST CROSS EWE PRODUCTION
LOW MICRON WOOL - 4 to 5KG OF 22 to 23 Micron wool from F1 Prolific ewes
HIGH FERTILITY AND FECUNDITY - weaning rates 150% plus.
EARLY MATURING LARGE FRAMED CARCASSES -allowing weights up to 30kg whilst maintaining ideal fat cover
HIGH MILK PRODUCTION RESULTING IN RAPID GROWING LAMBS
BARE BREACH - NO MULESING
EARLY FERTILITY- MATE LAMBS FROM 7 - 8 MONTHS OF AGE expected conception up to 90%
Anthony Warburton moved his farming enterprise six months ago from Frankland in WA with a 600mm rainfall, to Nornalup on the South Coast with a 1000mm annual rainfall. He has been purchasing Prolific rams for six years and states "they have handled the higher rainfall conditions very well, with very little wool discolouration". At this year's recent pregnancy scanning, the 3 to 4 year old ewes achieved 79% having multiples and only 3% dry's to average 169.3%. "The maiden ewes scanned 69% multiples and 6% dry at 164.2%. "At the recent shearing the mature ewes cut 3.8kg of 22 micron wool at 75% yield and sold for 900 cents / kg". Anthony uses sherwood Poll dorset rams over his 1st cross Prolific and is very impressed with their growth rates.
Brad Higgins from Frankland River made the switch to Prolifics 4 years ago "We recently shore our F1 ewes with both breeds cutting over 4kg of fleece wool however the F1 Prolific wool tested at 20 micron and sold for $8.50/kg and the Border Leicester wool averaged 27 micron and sold for $3.50/kg". Robyn said "In addition the Prolific's pregnancy scanned at 157% with the Borders at 150%".
Jack South of Darkan has been utilising Prolific genetics for several years. "They are easy-care, highly fertile and have fast growth rates" "We joined 8,500 first- cross Prolific ewes to Sherwood Poll Dorset rams this year achieving 150% lambing from them" Jack said.
Evergreen Grazing Company mated 9,000 F1 Prolific ewes in February this year and pregnancy scanned at 162.3% - these ewes cut 4.65kg of 22.3 micron wool. Over the past three years the operation has sold 38,864 lambs to WAMMCO to an average carcase weight (CWT) of 23.47kg. The current gross income of their commercial ewes at 14DSE per winter grazed hectare at 150% and lambs weighing 23.47kg CWT at 650cents/kg CWT equates to $1830.66 / ha. In addition the wool value is an additional $260 / ha.
Rod Stokes at Cunderdin has been utilising Prolific genetics over his Merino ewes for several years. The resultant F1 Prolific ewe lambs mated at seven months of age achieved 97% lambs marked. The two subsequent years these same ewes achieved 153% and 147% when mated to terminal rams.
Scott Newbey from Broomehill, has been closely comparing his Prolific F1 flock to his Merino ewe flock. Scott stated "my mixed age Prolific F1 ewes scanned at 60% twins and cut 4.67 kg of 22.95 micron wool which sold for 1013c/kg geasy. My equivalent merino ewes cut 5.46 kg which sold for 1059c/kg, however the extra lambs expected should well exceed any difference in wool price". Scott also mated his F1 ewe lambs at 7 - 8 months of age and achieved an 80% pregnancy rate with about half expecting twins.
Barry Hardie and his family, "Denabling" Williams, run a flock of 5,000 Prolific F1 ewes and have been averaging around 140% lambs marked for the last few years. This year several mobs achieved greater than 150% lambs marked to ewes mated.
Gary Lang Wickepin uses 1st Cross Prolific ewes for his entire sheep program. He has continuously achieved lambing results of 140% plus each year. This year Gary's ewe lambs mated at 8 months of age scanned at 145%.
Richard Milne in Borden uses 1st cross Prolific ewes for his Prime lamb production. Last year Richard weaned 140% lambs from ewes mated and was extremely pleased with the progeny. At pregnancy scanning this year, Richards Prolific F1 ewes had such a high pregnancy percentage of multiples with virtually no dry's so he stopped scanning them and treated the entire flock as multiple bearing ewes.
Anyone who has Prolific F1 ewe lambs surplus to their requirements are encouraged to contact us as we have increased demand for them at a premium price.