About Taljar Polwarths
Our studs aim is to breed an animal that produces wool and meat at a 50:50 Ratio, and to do this to they need to be a ‘Super Sheep.’ We are fanatical about animal conformation, production and muscling within our animals, concentrating on length, spring of rib and rear end shape. Our aims include beautiful high yielding, crimpy, white wool that can grows between 115-125mm in 12 months (Ideal for shearing every 6-8 months). Our stud averages 21-23 micron with 74% Yield, which handle the 26 inch rainfall of Kangaroo Island very easily.
The breed was developed over 132 years ago, by crossing the Saxon merino over a Lincoln, and then back to a Saxon Merino. The progeny was then bred for 25 generations until it was classified as a consistent type. This breed therefore results in a more consistent and uniform flock for you, with no hidden surprises.
The sheep are large framed with ewe weights averaging 85kg up to 105kg. Rams Average 120kg up to 150kg. The sheep are bred plain, do not require mulesing and have strong maternal instincts, this combined with their large milking ability, means that they are a wonderful maternal dam option without compromising on wool production. The studs 5 year lamb marking percentage is 110% unscanned, with dry ewes identified and culled.
The Taljar Polwarth stud select for easy care and profitable characteristics including:
- Resistant to fly/ body strike
- Minimal if any assistance during lambing. If any ewe is assisted she is culled from the Flock.
- No fleece rot/ coloured wool.
- Docility; the animals are calm and easy to handle. This means stress free stock handling.
- Lambs are born small and hit the ground running. Our stud aims for growth rates between 300-350g/ day, allowing the wether lambs to be finished in the paddock on grass. Our aim is to have the wether lamb portion sold as prime lamb by 6-7 months of age, without running to fat. In 2016 Taljar averaged $115 for their wether lambs, which were sold @ 22kg@ first cross price/ kg. All our animals are paddock reared on ryegrass and clover pastures, with oats in summer to fill the feed gap.
- A high doing ability created from the extra muscling and fat on the ewes.
All stud sheep are run under a commercial basis to ensure that the flock is profitable. Our stud utilises Stockscan to increase meat production and micron testing and fleece weighing for wool production. We average 5-6kg wool cut.
All in all the South Australian Polwarth is the easy care, docile australian sheep of the future.