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
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 prevail