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High Performance

At Pooginook we combine visual assessment and ASBVs to breed a dual-purpose Merino that is profitable, ethically produced and can handle multiple climates. We believe in breeding a mules free, well balanced, high performing sheep, with good body structure and wool quality.

EWE EFFICIENCY

BREEDING OBJECTIVE
To breed easy doing ewes that deliver high weaning percentages and weaning weights, whilst optimising wool production and adult body weight.

ON-FARM PERFORMANCE
During 2018 - 2020, our 67kg (Standard Reference Weight) ewes delivered on average per year:

  • 111% weaned on ewes joined for 5 weeks
  • 28.3 kg of lamb at weaning (85 days)
  • 8.5 kg of elite white wool at 19.5 micron

FAST EARLY GROWTH

BREEDING OBJECTIVE
Provide options for clients to turn off more lambs earlier and join ewe lambs.

ON-FARM PERFORMANCE
The 2020 drop rams, 90 days post weaning, gained on averaged 230 g/hd/day. The top 500 rams gained on average 307 g/hd/day.

MULES FREE

BREEDING OBJECTIVE
To breed robust fly strike resilient animals that require no mulesing. 

ON-FARM PERFORMANCE
In 2020 the poll stud became mules free. In 2021 the horn stud move this way. 

CARCASS

BREEDING OBJECTIVE
To minimise increasing adult body weight by balancing carcass traits with fast early growth. Breed animals that are easier care, lower maintenance and finish quickly.


ON-FARM PERFORMANCE
Currently our sheep can be finished and joined by 8-12 months. Pooginook breeders have good doing ability in our dry environment and are able to achieve high production with strategic management.

ELITE WOOLS

BREEDING OBJECTIVE
To maintain our existing lifetime production of high-quality wool that can handle varied climates.

ON-FARM PERFORMANCE
We have shorn 6 monthly for 20 years. During 2018 - 2020, the breeders cut on average 8.5kg per year at 19.5 micron. The superior processing qualities of our deep white crimping wools is a key reason why Toorallie buys our wool for their knitwear range.