At Kelso we are constantly asking - Will this add more value to farmers in the real world?
When it comes to our flock of more than 1500 Terminal ewes and 800 Terminal ewe hoggets we are focused on the simple goal of helping farmers to produce more fast growing, high yielding lambs.
The key traits that we select for in our Terminal rams are:
- Survival – lamb vigour
- Lamb Growth – birth to weaning, weaning to slaughter
- Meat - yield (kg meat per kg carcase weight)
- MyoMAX – gene marker for increased carcass yield
- Meat Quality - tenderness and marbling
The financial benefit of hybrid vigour
In our experience one of the fastest ways for Kelso to add value to a sheep farm business is through terminal genetics.
The table below shows a potential $15.84 gain per ewe mated as a result of increased survival, more lambs and higher weaning weight.
|EWES PUT TO A TERMINAL RAM||EWES PUT TO A MATERNAL RAM||BENEFIT|
|LAMBING % (SURVIVAL)||145%||142%||+3%|
|WEANING WEIGHT KGS||34||31||+3kg|
|$ PER KG LW||$3.00||$3.00||Potential higher value if
terminal rams sold store
|VALUE OF LAMBS AT WEANING||$102.00||$93.00||+$9.00 per lamb|
|$ PER EWE||$147.90||$132.06||$15.84|
The Kelso Advantage
Analysis shows that an average Kelso 4880 ram will produce an additional profit of $6.44 per lamb born per year compared to the industry average.
Kelso Terminal Rams
There are five Kelso Terminal ram options, based on their SIL KTW Index (Kelso Terminal Worth).
|Multiplier Hogget Rams||500|
To discuss your Terminal ram requirements please contact Matt Holden
M: 027 437 1550