Greeline Composite Sheep
Genetics equal to the best in New Zealand
Objective: To make available to commercial sheepfarmers rams which will produce offspring and subsequent breeding stock which will maximise financial returns.
- The Greeline sheep is the result of forty years of selection, from a large population of sheep, for superior performance.
- The original flock was Romney and in 1969 the first Coopworth ram was used.
- At The Gree, 18kms north of Winton, the Greeline Composite was developed from this high performance Coopworth base flock . This flock participated with the successful Apex Coopworth Sire Reference Syndicate for many years.
- A Texel flock was established in 1991 with a view to improving the carcase quality. In 1996 the East Friesian milk sheep became available and 17 different sires have been evaluated.
- The Greeline Composite comprises ¼ East Friesian, 3/8 Texel, 3/8 Coopworth.
- The objective of capturing the desirable genes from these three breeds has been realised. Further improvement is ongoing, with selection of superior animals within the Greeline flocks and the evaluation of sheep from outside sources.
- Superior performance: This has been, and will continue to be achieved, through the selection of sheep recorded on Sheep Improvement Limited, SIL, for sheep which can rear good twins as hoggets , then as adult ewes continue to rear twins and if necessary triplets to good weights.
- The Greeline is a sheep with good quality crossbred wool, it has bare legs and no wool on the head. The carcase has good conformation with an improved yield. This is as a result of scanning for eye muscle since the crossbreeding programme began.
The complex phase of the breeding programme is now complete.
The Greeline composite offers sheepfarmers a simple solution to optimise their production and maximise their financial returns. There is no need to use terminal sires.