Dispersal Sale 2021 - Sheep Info
More about the sires in the catalogue and other general matters.
First other points relating to the sale.
Buyers will have a pick on each pen at the cessation of the auction.
It was first envisaged that the lambs would also be sold, but this created too many problems especially if pneumonia was present, it would be the ideal condition for its spread. The lambs will be farmed through and sold next summer. It is not yet decided how they will be sold, private or otherwise. The sires of these lambs are all Kiki bred. Significantly, sire D316-16 has around 200 progeny and will probably be for sale himself. More about him later.
The ewes, including the 2 tooths are in the best condition in decades. The past 18 months has been the best for sheep health that I can recall, probably due to many factors, mostly unknown. At weaning, ewes are usually in store condition and at mating, average no more than 55kg with a few at 60kg. The 2 tooths struggle to reach an average of 50kg. I have never practiced hogget mating as lamb ill thrift from February to April means that they do not reach target weights. We have not retained any ewes from 2 tooth to 4 years old and have only kept about ten 5 year old ewes and those older to maintain a small nucleus for our own requirements. I am currently sampling about 200 of the better rams for FEC so their worm resistance figures are more accurate when the current lamb crop are sold. All lambs are healthy and showing no sign of worms, with only the small lambs having been drenched.
Now more info re he sires. Some sires are more dominant in any breeding programme. Some sires, in sheep, cattle and horses are noted for breeding top sons and others top females. However, some breed top sons and daughters in desirable traits, be they physical or performance. We have been fortunate over the last few years of having a succession of top sires that have produced top sons and daughters. The first such sire was Kiki G323-09, the grandsire of many ewes in the catalogue. His daughters were the “K” strain in the years 2011 to 2014. He was a big, bold ram with a great constitution. Several sons were used with limited success, but one was outstanding, K815-12 a twin. His twin sister had twins this year. He was an average sized sheep of great quality. He has daughters in the sale born 2015, and we have retained about 10. They are the “G” dams of 2014 and 2015. His daughters have been outstanding, many figure in the catalogue. Ten sons – the “G” strain – born in 2014 and 2015 have been used in the stud and many other sons have been sold to other ram breeders. His most notable son has been G197-14 with G121-15 also a top performer. K815-14 has had a huge impact on all aspects of our stud. K815-12 and his sons have consistently bred progeny with top FEC figures. G197-14 has not only bed two sons better than himself for worm resistance; one son D314-16 with the “C” progeny of 2018-2019 have the best figures for growth and overall index.
Other notable sires in the catalogue are Waimai 1235-13 – he had outstanding figures apart from DPF where, for an outside sire, his progeny average DPF and was over 300, which was very pleasing. This sire rated very well in all other figures. His daughters were 2016 born and were “B” prefix.
Waiteka 509-13 was a link sire that performed well at his home and at Kikitangeo. His mother had 5 twins and 2 triplets. Fifteen of his daughters are in the sale in the 4 year ewes – “B” prefix. His overall figures are good and one son H30-16 has been widely used. He is noted for the quality and high selection rate of his progeny.
Another Waiteka sire 420-13 by a Kiki sire was used for two years – the “A” prefix 2015-2016, and has bred and performed well. He was a strong constitutioned ram with perfect feet. He should have been used another year, but was sold on to John Fagan.
Another sire and son of G197-14 is D316-16 needs special mention. He was used as a ram lamb because of his figures and quality. He was subsequently tested for FE and had a severe reaction. Some had died at the reaction he had, but he looked “off colour” for about 4 weeks and recDovered completely. I was so disappointed he was exiled to Peter Moore – a long time ram breeder and client from Nelson. When his progeny came available, his sons averaged $2400 in our annual ram sale, with one being retained. All his daughters we retained bar one. Both sons and daughters were the best I have ever seen. He was also used in Southland where one son was not only successful in a major show, but was also the top priced Romney at the Gore Stud ram fair. I have no doubt the breeder will also have a top line of daughters. I extend my congratulations. Back home again, with some reservations, he has been used extensively and is presently at an AI centre for semen collection. Sometimes in breeding, one has to take one step back in one trait in order to take two steps forward in other traits. D316-16 is a bold, strong ram that is hard to fault.
We are now accepting orders from semen from D316-16 in order to ascertain how many straws are ordered.
G197-14. A compact, structurally sound ram with a great constitution. Every sheep will have a weakness and his is NLB. But he ticks many boxes. He has produced four sires – D312-16, D314-16, D316-16 and D314-17 that have been widely used. D314-17, just an average sheep, used because of his figures, has progeny in worm resistance where the DPF average figure is just short of 1000. In the NZGE Trait Leader Report for the leading sires in the country G197-14 and his sire K815-12 and their grandsires dominate the top rankings with 12 in the top 20, with 2 unrelated Kiki sires also in the top 20.
The latest DPF of these sires in the NZGE Trait Leaders: Worm FEC report dated 04.08.2020 are as follows:
Sire DPF Rank Sire DPF Rank Sire DPF Rank
D314-17 1148 1st D316-16 1090 2nd G197-14 1028 3rd
G208-14 967 4th D312-16 962 5th M312-13 936 8th
G121-15 933 9th G168-15 893 12th H30-16 877 14th
G51-15 870 15th D314-16 842 16th F523-17 837 17th
C203-16 832 18th G113-15 826 19th
These figures differ from those in the catalogue because they would have been taken at a different time. Kikitangeo have only 5 sires placed from 20 to 100 rankings.