Breeding for the Commercial Producer
Deep Dene have run a commercial enterprise for over 60 years and have benchmarked against other farmers for over 30 years, they understand the importance of making your sheep work for you.
Their breeding objectives are simple, low maintenance sheep that are proven profitable performers.
How Berry Partners Deep Dene accomplish this is backed using three methods.
Constitution: The mental and physical condition of the animal that gives it the ability to want to survive…its inherent desire to thrive and withstand stress and disease
Confirmation: The merging together of the various parts of the animal into one flowing, well balanced, symmetrical shape, with special emphasis on balance and outlook. The correct correlation of these body parts will enhance increased production
Conversion: The ability of the animal to convert its food intake and maximise its inherent potential to produce adequate qualities of wool and meat and to adjust to its environment
Covering: A deep, loose pliable, productive skin, rich in colour, indicating an ample blood supply and an ability to support the desired staple length, structure and formation. And of course, plenty of the highest quality, rich, bright white wool
Deep Dene Sires must be Proven, Profitable, Performers. Deep Dene works with this philosophy to ensure breeding rams and ewes objectively produce low micron, heavy clean fleeces on a safe straight sheep.
All progeny from sires are measured objectively in both stud and commercial mobs to ensure every Deep Dene sire is producing profitable performers.
Deep Dene have benchmarked their business for over 30 years to make certain their rams are proven to be profitable per hectare in their commercial enterprise.
Deep Dene manages all their merinos with the same care to ensure no set backs due to nutrition and disease. All our sheep are vaccinated with Gudair, Glanvac 3in1, Scabigard and B12 & Selenium.
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Deep Dene utilise linked sires through A.I. programs. To increase the linkage on farm, the Deep Dene crew catch and collect dam and birth weight data of lambs born from their 300 nucleus ewes. This enables the Deep Dene bloodline progeny to grow up alongside linked progeny and gives them ASBVs . By 2020 Deep Dene will have highly linked progeny dropping on their farm from Deep Dene bloodlines.
Deep Dene have found ASBVs have added another layer of information to their bloodlines and sires. ASBVs increase the ability to select sires that are proven to produce highly profitable progeny, consistently.
ASBVs enable Deep Dene to fully embrace the variability of each trait. Therefore when crossing bloodlines Deep Dene are able to implement different objectives deemed essential for each mating season.
Deep Dene's selection always includes high CFW traits and bright white wool to cut more marketable wool per hectare.
Deep Dene is located in a Mediterranean climate with an average 500mm rainfall, therefore we need to breed sheep less susceptible to fly-strike and worm burdens. Utilising worm egg count, fleece rot, breech wrinkle, body wrinkle and DAG score ASBVs, Deep Dene can now reliably select sires and dams on these traits.
Deep Dene breed sheep for production per hectare therefore there is great emphasis on maintaining CFW/ha. Deep Dene breed merinos with microns ranging from 17-19 micron and select for lower microns utilising external genetics through A.I. programs while maintaining or increasing CFW.
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