Breeding from Egelabra’s rams, our wool has always had consistency and predictability.
John Fisher, NSW
The versatility of the Egelabra bloodline is widely recognised with up to 1,200 rams sold annually throughout Australia. Clients continue to report that Egelabra rams produce exceptional wool and off-spring that maintain their unique wool and breeding characteristics.
All rams are first and foremost visually scrutinised for structure, type and then the within flock estimated breeding values for a wide range of characters and a selection index are considered, closely following pedigree performance. Following the mantra of ‘what you buy, is what you breed’, our sheep are not over-managed nor overfed while in the stud, so that they remain adaptable and can perform well in commercial production systems.
Syndicate joined progeny are DNA tested to enable us to follow our pedigree families. We monitor and identify our high performing sires by collecting comprehensive data on all progeny (body weights, fleece weight, fibre diameter, cv, scanned muscle and fat) and then analyse the information. One of our best measures of a sire is how many of his progeny are classed in and how few are culled. Representing predictability and consistency with the rams’ purchase and taken home to our clients’ breeding ewes. Well balance progeny with stable genetics gives the greatest gain across a flock.
Egelabra is accredited MN3 for Johne’s disease and is accredited free from Brucellosis and footrot.
Our Breeding Policy
Egelabra’s breeding policy is to maintain the bloodline as a pure genetic strain. This ensures consistent quality and enables a targeted and true breeding program.
Our sheep have been classed and bred with the aid of objective measurements to produce a longer bodied, more densely covered, long stapled sheep with the special type of pearly, white, soft wool unique to the bloodline.
However, a cornerstone of the breeding policy has been to avoid chasing genetic extremes, which can lead to trade-offs between traits.
Up to 1,500 stud and specially selected flock rams are sold annually through either auction sales or private selection.
- Egelabra Annual Ram Sale – October
- Private Selection – October, weeks following the sale
- Armidale – February
The majority of rams are sold to commercial production operations.
Egelabra offers semen sales from top stud sires. Contact us if you would like to discuss this option.