Our Sheep

Half_Highlander-Half-Border-Merino-ewesHalf Highlander Half Border Merino ewes breeding Highlander ewe replacements

Murnong has undertaken a number of inhouse prime lamb production trials over the past five years.

This has led to an annual increase of 18% in kilos per hectare return. As an example recently scanning at 220% and weaning 167% through its innovate approach, management and record keeping.
Highlander X Merino ewes to be mated to Primera A meat diversification option for Merino producers

In search of further productive gains Murnong looked to New Zealand where the prime lamb production is generally regarded as being 15 years ahead of Australia. Due mainly to New Zealand’s prime lamb focus compared to Australia’s history of being a wool based producer with prime lamb being a secondary industry based on dual purpose sheep production.
Murnong identified the growing need to meet market and farmer purpose focused lamb production. In this search Murnong travelled to New Zealand to explore genetic blood lines built up over 20 years of selective measurements and breeding. Since this first visit in 2010
Murnong has become Focus Genetics New Zealand’s leading genetic breeding facility in Australia for its Highlander (maternal) and Primera (terminal) prime lamb genetics. With over 2400 embryos implanted over the past two years this progeny has formed the base of the Murnong genetic breeding facility.
Highlander-mated-to-1st-X-ewesHighlander mated to 1st X ewes a self-replacing option

The hogget ram progeny formed the basis of the first on farm ram sale in February 2014.
The embryos are the result of taking the top 5% of the top 200 indexed sheep from the world’s largest long term progeny trials of over 20,000 indexed sheep. These genetics have been trialled for three years at Murnong Farming to prove their benefits, prior to Murnong becoming the GBP with Focus Genetics New Zealand. The inhouse gains so far demonstrated at the Murnong breeding facility will likely change the current prime lamb production systems in Australia over the next generation. The current indications are that the kilos per hectare return are likely to improve a further 50% in the next three or four years as the genetics have a greater effect on commercial prime lamb production. This will likely give even the current top breeders an uplift of 25% in their kilos per hectare return.
Highlander-ewe-hoggets-pre-and-post-lambing-at-1-year-oldHighlander ewe hoggets pre and post lambing at 1 year old

Murnong’s commercial breeding system flock currently lamb on a nine month all year round cycle producing a lamb every nine months or four lambs every three years. This is expected to be reduced to eight months following further trials. Murnong has rams for sale all year round to suit the producer’s requirements. Through the commercial prime lamb production Murnong is the sole supplier of lamb to a number of local and Melbourne restaurants and through select farmers markets. This is a growing market supplying an average 220 kgs per week. Murnong strives to ensure its stock is raised and produced in a natural and compassionate stress free environment without using sheep dogs or other stressful methods.

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For further information and data on our sheep check out the links below.

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