Brad Higgins from Frankland River made the switch to Prolifics 4 years ago "We like the Prolific as it is a better woolled sheep compared to the Border Leicester while having high lambing percentages".
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 blue tag Prolific F1 ewes scanned at 60% twins and cut 4.67 kg of 22.95 micron wool which sold for 1013c/kg geasy. My blue tag 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.
Mark Madew from Gingin purchased Prolific rams last season for the first time and is extremely eulogistic with the resulting progeny. He recently sold 250 F1 Prolific wether lambs in the Muchea sale yard and averaged $144.50. In comparison, his X Bred terminal lambs, although on better pasture, did not achieve the same weights as the F1 Prolifics. Mark is excited about mating his F1 Prolific ewe lambs this coming season, anticipating mating weights to average mid 50kg which should achieve a 90% plus conception rate.
Barry Hardie and his three sons, 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%. Gary uses Ashbourne White Suffolk rams over his Prolific cross ewes to produce his terminal lambs.
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.