Meatmaster Breeders pride themselves with the fact that they
stick to the breeding norms layed down before them with the
main one being LEAVE THE ANIMAL OUT IN NATURE, TO PERFORM IN
NATURE because only then we will find the cream rising to
Meatmaster Stud breeders have seen over many years of
breeding various kinds of sheep breeds that doing
performance testing under intensive conditions slows down
the improving process and minimizes the difference between
the weaker and the better animals where as leaving the
animals out in nature makes that difference much bigger.
Thus making your improvement of your animals so much faster.
With the Meatmaster also having less petty selection issues
we can never get away from the basic fundamentals of
Masculinity with rams and Femininity with ewes, functional
efficiency for easy lambing and covering great distances in
our more arid areas. For more on the phenotypic aspects
please go to Standard of Excellence on left.
Breeders have initially decided never to show because of the
subtle pitfalls this game has. With various breeds, showing
was the single action that ruined the breeds, making their
ewes more masculine, unable to take the ram or to lamb. Rams
are unable to serve their ewes, cover great distances and
has no vigor for serving ewes.
Some of the traits/aspects other breeds have when looking at
the development of their breed are conformation and or size.
When concentrating on conformation you rams will become
unable to serve their ewes, their functional efficiency will
decrease, ewes will start battling to lamb and rear their
lambs. With concentrating on size it is evident that your
animals will be unable to carry you through the tough times
or times of great stress.
Our aim is to never try and win a carcass competition but we
compete to see if we are meeting the market requirements.
With the carcass competitions we have taken part in the
Meatmasters have done very well. On the hoof, judges barely
gave the breed a glance but once on the hoof they where well
impressed. Current abattoir results for Meatmasters in the
Bethulie district has been over 200 sheep with ALL of them
grading A2’s! This was achieved without ANY supplementary
feeding, licks or hormones but 100% of natural veld between
the ages of 4 and 7 months.
This proves that the Meatmaster is NATURES MONEY MAKER!!
This Rand / Cent chart shows that over the years, since the
Meatmasters started with performance Testing we have made
increasingly more and more money. After the dip in the chart
of 2006 the problem was immediately identified and rectified
with interest. Not many breeds can show this kind of
improvement. For the explanation of the 2006 / 2007 decline
Meatmaster Proving Themselves Worthy in Extreme Weather.
In the 2010 / 2011 season some of the outer
lying Karoo areas have experienced much higher
rain fall than usual. These extreme weather
conditions brought about great times of testing
to see what the Meatmaster would do when sudden
climate changes take place such as these from
dry to extreme wetness. The Meatmasters where
pushed way beyond the limits for a year like
this. Where all surrounding farmers where
battling with footrot, wireworm and other
problems, Meatmaster farmers went and placed
there sheep under as much stress as possible.
For over 45 days Meatmaster sheep ran with water
constantly above their pasterns. They were also
not dosed for wireworm until the turn of the
season. The founding’s where astounding. Not one
sheep was lost due to wireworm or other
parasites and not one sheep got footrot. Where
most farmers would put their commercial animals
under such a test, this test was done with over
200 stud ewes. This just proves that when
animals are purposefully selected under natural
conditions, only the strong and able will