New Zealand's high performance, multi-disease resistant, low input sheep - The ultimate lifestyle sheep for farmers
Key traits of Avalon's Ultimate sheep are:
High fertility, survival, meat and growth for both maternal/terminal options
Bare breech and belly minimise dagging and shearing costs
Short bare tails don't need docked, require less dagging and reduce flystrike
No docking means less costs, less animal and people stress, mismothering and improved animal welfare
Strong parasite resistance and facial eczema tolerance
Less animal welfare challenges before and during lambing
Lambs as a Hogget
Progeny retain key traits - Perendale / Texel fleece
Avalon Ultimate sheep is the first ram breed in the world to have generated combined breeding values for tail length, tail bareness, breech bareness, dag score and belly bareness.
17kg weaning draft - No drenching, dagging or docking, just straight onto the truck.
Less work, less cost, the Ultimate lifestyle sheep for farmers.
Avalon – Dag Score Trait Leader
Avalon has been selecting for low dag score along with worm resistance for over 33years. Their Ultimate ram 3049/15 is the trait leader for dag score in New Zealand (SIL June 2020)
Three of the top 5 rams in New Zealand for dag score are Avalon rams. The top Perendale ram is also an Avalon ram (233/18 ranked 11th).
We don’t dock our Ultimate or Texel cross lambs and expect over 80% to remain dag free.
Rams not selected for dag score can be adding up to an extra $6,000 in crutching and dagging costs (based on contract pricing) over each rams 5-year breeding life.
AgResearch scientist, David Scobie, with an Ultimate lamb in 2006. We started the Ultimate breeding program in 2004 and relied heavily on Scobies' advice in those early years.
Selection for low input traits
No docking, less dagging
97% of total lambs not docked
85% of ewe lambs stayed dag free