High muscle and fat in merino ewes produces more lambs weaned. This is now an accepted fact within the merino industry. The Blyth flock average for these traits is at the top the industry.
More lambs mean more profit. Blyth genetics have the ability to improve weaned lambing percentages. The natural self-replacing merino flock in Australia is approximately 80% lambs weaned.
In 2019, 450 AI Stud Ewes weaned 565 lambs, many of which will be in the 2020 ram sale team.
In 2016 Blyth Merino hoggets on the first lamb weaned:
- 110% in a mob of over 500
- 116% in a small mob of 150 – 200
Every extra lamb weaned is cream on jam – extra profit or increased return compared to the previous year.
You can see from the pictures that Blyth ewes can rear three lambs. The superior eye muscle and fat traits of the flock increase survival rates. At 8 months of age the 3 lambs plus the ewe shore 13kgs of wool.
Blyth Merino ewes (not hoggets) have weaned up to 142% in flocks of over 200. Blyth Merino hoggets in 2016 weaned between 110 – 116%. The 110% group was a mob of over 500 ewes and the 116% mob totalled 150 ewes. Smaller lambing mobs of hoggets always outperform larger mobs.
Management e.g. mob size and paddock protection from the elements, at lambing, influences the end result.