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Breeding Objective

Breeding for the Commercial Producer

Low Maintenance Sheep that are Proven Profitable Performers


Proven, Profitable Performers

Our objective at Deep Dene is simple: to retain the most profitable sheep throughout their lifetime.


We achieve this by prioritizing the best phenotype (actual performance) and the best genotype (progeny performance).

Guided by these principles, we focus on income traits that directly impact your bottom line:

  1. Fleece Weight: Maximizing the quantity of high-quality wool.

  2. Fibre Diameter: Selecting sheep with desirable micron ranges for premium fiber.

  3. Body Weight: Promoting optimal growth and market readiness.

  4. Staple Length: Facilitating free-growing wool and improved processing.

  5. Staple Strength: Enhancing the durability and value of the wool.

4 C's Plus 1 more

At Deep Dene, we understand that unlocking the true income potential goes beyond these traits. That's why we also emphasize the following factors:

  1. Constitution (Doing Ability): Selecting sheep with robust health and resilience.

  2. Confirmation: Ensuring proper body structure and muscling for optimal performance.

  3. Conversion: Promoting efficient feed utilization and weight gain.

  4. Coverage: Offering sheep with excellent wool coverage for protection and market appeal.

  5. Longevity: Retaining sheep that exhibit long-term productivity and profitability.


Low Maintenance

We also prioritize traits that reduce costs and boost efficiency:

  1. Low Body Wrinkle: Minimizing the risk of flystrike and associated costs.

  2. Open Face: Reducing labor-intensive shearing around the face area.

  3. Poll: Safer handling for you and your staff.

  4. Low Breech Cover and Wrinkle: Lowering the susceptibility to flystrike and dag-related issues and the need for mulesing.

  5. Wool Quality: Focusing on low fleece rot and flystrike occurrences for superior wool value.

  6. Worm and Dag Resistance: Breeding sheep with natural resistance to reduce treatment expenses.

  7. Evenness: Promoting uniformity in traits to optimize selling costs.

At Deep Dene, our strategic sheep classing ensures that every aspect of your flock contributes to profitability. Join us in embracing a new era of market success and elevated returns with our meticulously selected and bred sheep.

Deep Dene's Breeding Aims using SGA Figures: Elevating your flock to new heights!

​At Deep Dene, our breeding aims are designed to deliver exceptional results. We prioritise the following marketable trait ASBVs to enhance your flock's performance.

  1. Abundant Wool Production: Yearling Clean Fleece Weight (YCFW) +30

  2. Finer more valuable wool: Lowering Yearling Fibre Diameter (YFD) to less than -1.2.

  3. Bright White Wool: Enhancing visual appeal and increasing resistance to fleece rot through selection of wool colour less than -0.2.

  4. Consistent Fiber Quality: Minimizing the coefficient variation in Yearling Fiber Diameter Coefficient of Variation (YFDCV) to levels below -2, ensuring uniformity and consistency in fiber characteristics.

  5. Long Staple Length: Yearling Staple Length (YSL) exceeding 12, providing free-growing wool that dries out faster

  6.  Durability of your wool: Increasing Yearling Staple Strength (YSS) to more than 6 

  7. Lower maintenance sheep with less late Dag (LDAG): -0.2

  8. Reach marketable weight faster with Weaning Weight

  9. Maintaining body size for user handling through keeping Yearling Weight (YWt): Between 5 and 10

  10. More Resilient to worm burden through breeding sheep for YWEC: Less than 20 on average

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