The Kelso breeding strategy is based on a disciplined approach with a large scale, recorded base, which we upgrade and modify as farmer needs change.
To maximise the rate of genetic gain we engage the best geneticists in the business. We work closely with the team at AbacusBio, using their ANI-MATE software system to improve our genetic diversity, reduce the risk of inbreeding and maintain ewe productivity.
Other key tools we use to help achieve genetic gain include two SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) chips from AgResearch, Sheep AgR 18K Plus and Sheep HD 600K. Delivering pedigree assignment, single gene tests, genomic breeding values and future-proofed sire genotyping for increased accuracy in both Maternal and Terminal evaluations.
Analysis by independent scientists at Beef + Lamb NZ Genetics shows a clear profitability advantage from using Kelso Maternal or Terminal rams.
An average Kelso Maternal 2744 ram will produce an additional profit of $11.41 per ewe mated per year, compared to the industry average.
An average Kelso Terminal 4880 ram will produce an additional profit of $6.73 per ewe mated per year, compared to the industry average.