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TAS Country : November 11th 2010
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 12, 2010 Advertising feature Wiltipoll sheep Misima's minimal fuss tack pays off LOW MAINTENANCE: Misima Stud's Wiltipoll ewes don't need to be sheared. BREEDING hardy and ''easy care'' sheep is the main objective at Erica Bell and Bastian Seidel's Misima Stud in the Huon Valley. The couple's stud was once home to Wiltshire Horn sheep but now Erica and Bastian run Wilti- polls. ''Wiltipolls are very low maintenance,'' Bastian said. ''Of course we don't have to shear them and this year we have also discontinued docking the tails of our A1 ewe lambs.'' Wiltipolls are a natural wool-shedding breed that aren't prone to flystrike so crutching isn't needed. Misima Stud avoids chemical drenching and emphasises breeding for worm resistance. Another major focus at the Misima Stud is the selection of sheep with strong hooves -- essential in high rainfall areas. ''We're aiming to breed sheep that don't need to be shorn, drenched, mulesed or taildocked,'' Erica said. ''Trimming of hooves should only occur every three years if at all.'' Add the natural ability to thrive on poor unim- proved pasture and Misi- ma Wiltipolls are the ideal breed for organic prime lamb producers. ''We aim to constantly improve our breeding program and select our sheep carefully,'' Bastian said. To that end, Misima Stud placed the winning bid on the two top pens of Wiltipoll ewes from Wono- ka Stud at the recent Com- bined Wiltipoll Breeders Sale in Adelaide. ''They have great LAMBPLAN data and meet all our selection cri- teria,'' Bastian said. ''We are fortunate that we can bring these ewes to Tasmania.'' Shear simplicity meats needs SPECIALISED: Wiltipoll ewes, above, are known for their high percentage of mulitple births and rams, left, are popularly crossbred with Merinos. Energy is directed towards meat and milk, not wool' Low maintenance in the lambing shed THE Wiltipoll is a polled wool-shedding sheep developed in Australia from the Wiltshire Horn sheep. The Wiltshire Horn sheep is an ancient wool-shedding breed renowned for its general hardiness, low mainten- ance and superior meat quality. Wiltipolls maintain these desirable characteristics but being polled makes the Wiltipoll easier to handle, less aggressive, less likely to become caught in fences and less likely to generate carcase bruising. The breed requires little mainten- ance and has great potential as the ideal organic prime lamb sire. Costs are dramatically reduced as shearing, crutching and mulesing are not required since the short white fleece is completely shed from the entire body annually. Energy is directed towards meat and milk, not wool. Lambs are born with both a wool coat and hair undercoat. The wool coat reaches only halfway down the flanks and chest leaving the belly and crutch entirely free of wool and lambs start to shed in spring. The wool grows back in autumn, covering the hairy summer coat and from then on the sheep will lose and gain wool regularly every spring and autumn. The Wiltipoll ewe is a seasonal breeder, she does not cycle during the summer months but comes into season in autumn and the lambs are born in spring. Lambing percentages are usually 150 per cent or better. Ewes lamb easily, milk abundantly and have vigorous lambs with a high percentage of multiple births. Ewes may be joined in good con- dition as early as six months old. Better feed at joining time generally results in more multiple births, but twins come consistently from older ewes even on poorer pasture. Wiltipoll rams will breed all year round and can be crossed with other sheep breeds to produce a lean prime lamb. Wiltipoll/Merino crossbred lambs have been selling well in dom- estic markets in South Australia and Victoria. This crossbred can deliver what the lamb market is now demanding, a heavier leaner carcass which is also ideally suited to the heavy export lamb market as it can be grown on to heavier weights without laying down fat as other prime lamb breeds tend to do at these heavier weights. Live weights for first cross Wiltipoll/ Merino lambs have been recorded at 50 kg for five to six-month-old lambs (on dry feed) from pastoral country and top live weights for those lambs at 10 months of up to 62 kg. Of interest to farmers thinking of crossing Wiltipolls with Merinos is the wool production factor. With first cross lambs wool measuring around 26 mi- cron at first shearing and 32 microns at subsequent shearing. The Wiltipoll produces a downs type wool similar to Poll Dorset wool which has never been proven to be a contami- nant to Merino wool. Wiltipoll breeders are organised in the Australian Wiltipoll Association Inc since 1996. There are now more than 230 Wiltipoll breeders in six states incorporating 184 registered flocks with more than 9000 breeding ewes. There are 17 registered breeders in Tasmania who in May 2010 formed the Tasmanian subcommittee of the Aust- ralian Wiltipoll Association. For more information on the Wiltipoll breed please visit the association's web- site wiltipoll.com or contact the subcom- mittee's secretary Dr Seidel on 0448 357 027 or firstname.lastname@example.org For a list of Registered Tasmanian Breeders visit our website: Quamby Brook Wiltipoll registered flock No 70 established in 2003. RAMS FOR SALE No ewes and wethers available this year All have been sold Enquiries to Graeme and Cheryl Bussey ph 63622614 2050638-101112
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