Pooginook aims to breed robust fly strike resilient animals that require no mulesing. In 2018 we made a clear strategy to move the stud towards being mules free. We aim to maintain our fleece weight and quality, whilst significantly reducing the breech wrinkle.
In 2020 we made the decision to move the poll stud to mules free. In 2021 we moved the horn stud this way. We have used our scale, extensive data, DNA genomics and know-how on the visuals, to make fast genetic progress on reducing the breech wrinkle on our sheep.
Watch the webinar recording and hear from our experienced panellists, as they discuss their insights and experiences in the journey to no breech modification in sheep.
Discussion points include:
• Key threats to the wool and meat industry
• Meat and wool end-consumer demands
• Experiences in the move to no breech modification
• Breeding and management tools available to help make the move
Three main reasons Pooginook has moved to mules free:
1. Better welfare outcomes for our animals
We believe there are breeding and management alternatives to reduce fly strike risk that provide better animal welfare outcomes.
2. We are in-line with our end-consumers expectations
Consumers expect the best animal welfare practices.
3. It’s an economic decision
- There are premiums in the wool market for wools within certain specifications
- More market access with more bidders for our product
- Improved weight gain post marking
MerinoSelect Run 21st August 2021
Registered to Paraway Pastoral Company Limited ABN 14122572641.