Welcome to Glenlea Suffolk Stud Web Site

 

GLENLEA sheep have significantly lower birth weights than the national average for other Suffolk sheep. This is especially important for maiden ewe lambings. Another reason to choose Glenlea Suffolks.

ATTENTION SERIOUS PRIME LAMB BREEDERS!.....
$$ THERE IS MONEY WHERE THE MEAT IS $$

The 2012 Glenlea drop of sheep (now being offered for sale) are on average 0.26 index points better muscled than other Suffolks. This is a very significant difference when it comes to meat yield over the hook. We anticipate that this lead will continue to increase due to our highly competitive breeding strategies.

Note that we have chosen not to be as lean as others as we believe this negatively impacts on eating quality.

We are once again above average for post weaning weight whilst maintaining below average birth weights and very high fertility.

Glenlea Suffolk Stud is located in the picturesque Ferguson Valley near Bunbury and is 225kms South of Perth in Western Australia.
The stud was established in 1995 with the purchase of ewes from some of the best studs in Western Australia. Numbers were soon increased with additional purchases of ewes from South Australia and Tasmania. Each time the best ewes available were purchased. Initially only semen was used until rams suitable as stud sires were bred.
Credentials such as notable growth and the above average muscling capability are some of the qualities we seek in stud sires. They are also selected based on their conformation and Lambplan performance indication figures. Sires are always selected to make a significant improvement on what is already in the stud

Our stud uses a computer-based appraisal and data collection system. This system offers up to 25 different selection criterion and facility to transfer recently collected data via email to the Lambplan database. Sheep are constantly monitored for performance and other notable characteristics such as fertility, fly-strike, worm resistance etc. and notes are made almost daily.

In order to stay abreast of what is going on in the industry we regularly compete and attend shows, meetings, conferences, sales and travel abroad. We have membership with a large number of organizations such as: Meat and Livestock Australia, Lambplan, Australian Society of Breeders of British Sheep, Australian Suffolk Association, Royal Agricultural Society and the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics to name a few.

The future albeit uncertain in some ways is assured in others. Our job is to "tailor make" rams for the industry according to whatever direction it may take. Demand from our all important clients will dictate this. This could mean more than one "type" of sheep i.e.: fast growth or heavy muscling or perhaps just a combination. Whilst always keeping conformation of the animals and Suffolk breed standards at the forefront, Lambplan will play a very important role in their selection as well. We look forward to the challenges ahead.

There are many more interesting pages about the stud. If you cannot find the information that you require enquiries of any sort are always welcome.

DESCRIPTION OF A SUFFOLK SHEEPref: ASSBA(ASBBA) flock book; vol. 90.

Object of the breed
To provide a suitable sire for crossing with other breeds to produce the ideal prime lamb.

Ram
The ideal Suffolk ram should be well balanced and proportioned. He will be free moving and of alert appearance with masculine outlook.

Ewe
The ideal ewe will be similar, but with due regard to feminine characteristics and indicating good maternal qualities.

Undesirables
Head...........evidence of horns.
Legs............hocks too closely set.
Skin.............not inclined to blue or spotted.
Fleece..........black fibre or coloured wool throughout the fleece,black spots anywhere

Head
Hornless.
Face black and long, and muzzle moderately fine, especially in ewes.
(a small quantity of clean white wool on the forehead not objectionable)

Ears
Not carried erect, of good length, black and of fine texture. 

Neck
Moderate length and well set.
(in rams stronger, with a good crest).

Shoulders
Broad and oblique.

Chest
Deep and wide. 

Back and Loin
Long level and well covered with flesh. Tail broad and well setup. The ribs long and well sprung, with a full flank.

Legs and Feet
Straight and black, with fine and flat bone. Wooled to knees and hocks, clean below. Legs set well apart. Hind legs well fleshed.

Skin
Fine, soft and pink colour.

Flesh
Even and firm handling all over.

Belly
Well covered with wool.

Fleece
Moderately short.close,fine fibre, without tendency to mat or felt together, and well defined
i.e., not shading off into dark wool or hair.
Suggested wool count 58 and 60's.

HISTORY OF THE BREED
Suffolk sheep were recognised as a breed in Britain as early as 1810 and by 1859 the breed was fixed to type. In 1886 the English Suffolk Society was organised.
Originally, Suffolk are the result of a cross between Southdown rams and Norfolk Horned ewes. Southdowns offered meatinessand quality wool whilst the Norfolk Horned sheep offered a sweet flavour and being a wild animal; hardiness.
Suffolks were introduced to Australia in 1904. Since then the Suffolk has continued to be bred selectively to suit the Australian climate and lamb industry requirements. Whilst still offering what the original cross intended, the introduction of the American Suffolk added growth and leanness to the list of Suffolk credentials as a Prime Lamb Sire. Other outstanding features such as adaptability, stamina, fertility, longevity and early maturity are features of the breed. Lambs are born small with narrow heads and smooth shoulders making the Suffolk the ideal choice for maiden ewes, merinos and first cross ewes alike.

Suffolks are well known by butchers for their superior meat quality and consequently highly sought after.

 

 

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