STUDHOLME BREEDING PHILOSOPHY
As Terminal Sire breeders, we are aiming to breed rams that are medium framed, hardy,
fast maturing, structurally sound, with meaty hindquarters & a good temperament.
Our foundation ewes were small nuggety type Suffolk’s & not quite the phenotype we were aiming for, but they were the only ewes available at the time our Stud was established.
We now have a good medium style of phenotype.
Each time we have purchased a new Stud Sire we have done so with the aim of improving our breeding stock.
All Stud Sires purchased have all been from some of the top New Zealand Suffolk Studs
- Goldstream & Woodbine from the North Island & Camshorn, Coleford, Courtenay, Omagh, Idaview, Mornish, Phoebe, Stoneylea, Waterton, Waimotu, & Pine Grove from the South Island.
They are all top studs & have many years of breeding behind them.
The investment in these genetics has paid off & they have certainly have put a big OOMPH into our Stud.
We have been very pleased with their progeny.
This (2019) season Our Stud Sires are:
PINE GROVE 58/17 Tw
Purchased from the reknowned Pine Grove Stud
at Christchurch Elite Ram Fair in December 2018.
We own a third share in him with Glenbrook & Mana Studs.
A VERY MEATY & STRUCTURALLY SOUND RAM.
Cant wait to see his progeny ...
A VERY MEATY RAM, very wide across the loin and a great wide stance. On loan from Phoebe Stud in Christchurch. We used this ram in 2017, 2018 & have the opportunity to use him again this season.
His lambs are looked very good at weaning & are weighing in very well.
** update.....NOVEMBER 2017
Son of this ram... Phoebe 55/16, totally
scooped all the Classes he entered in the 2017 Canterbury A & P Show.
1st. Suffolk Ram Hogget
Champion Suffolk Ram Supreme Champion Suffolk
Supreme Interbreed Ram Hogget Canterbury Show
Runner-up up Supreme Champion
Meat Sheep of the Show
IDAVIEW 126/15 TN
A ram with stretch & a great meaty hindquarter. Purchased November 2016 at CHCH show. Highest scanning ram at the Show with a HUGE Eye muscle scan of 42.85.'
A' = 105 (width of chop)
'B' = 53 (depth of chop)
'C' = 11 (fat layer on top)
EMA = 'A' X 'B' X 0.77%
THE BOTTOM END.....CHOCKA FULL OF MEAT !!
left to right...Older sires... Phoebe 44/11, Mornish 26/12, Coleford 244/12
The genetic disease, 'Spider Syndrome', was imported into NZ via Australian & USA Suffolk genetics in the 80's. Studholme is one of only eight Flocks in NZ now, who's total ewe flock has been
Tested Negative (FTN) for Spider Syndrome.
The Stud was involved in Cold Tolerance DNA trials at Lincoln University. These trials studied the link between the cold tolerance gene & growth rate. We have received excellent results and are aiming to achieve a total A,A flock rating. Blood samples are sent to Lincoln for this testing & at the same time our top 10% of ram lambs are also DNA footscored & DNA Scrapie tested.
STUDHOLME PERFORMANCE RECORDING
We do performance recording within our own flock with lambs being weighed regularly.
We cull the lambs ‘hard’ at weaning & the remainder are EMA scanned in autumn.
All sheep that do not have the phenotype or temperament that we are aiming to breed are dispersed as lambs.
Only the top percentage of our lambs are retained for breeding.
Studholme Stud is recorded on LIC MINDA – the same programme as all Dairy cows in NZ.
STUDHOLME ANIMAL HEALTH
We work in very closely with our local Vet at Franklin Veterinary Services, Waiuku.
Our rams are inspected by our Vet annually for Brucellosis Accreditation and the Stud has been Brucellosis Accredited Free since it was established.
All rams have a fertility guarantee. *Conditions Apply
The whole flock receives an annual vaccination booster.
All stock sold have a current vaccination, ‘Covexin 10’ being the vaccine used.
All Stud Sires are given a Zinc bolus as a precautionary measure usually prior to tupping for Facial Eczema.
All ewe hogget's are given a Toxoplasmosis vaccination as a precautionary measure.
We show our Sheep in all the local A & P shows & have ventured as far away as Whangarei & Waikato.
We have had success at these Shows & love the camaraderie that goes with showing our animals and the
Suffolk section at most shows is highly competitive. We have had several highlights on the showing circuit including winning ‘Sheep of Show' at Auckland Royal Easter Show on our first outing & winning the
meat breeds ‘Miss Waikato’ in 2009 & 2012 and the 'Supreme Champion Suffolk' with our homebred ram Studholme 80/11 at the Waikato A & P Show in 2014.
OTHER SUFFOLK ACTIVITIES
Brian is Past Chairman of the Northern NI. Suffolk Breeders Club & Debbie is past Secretary/Treasurer.
Debbie is also one of the Northern NI. SUFFOLKNZ Breed Committee Representatives. She is also the Editor/Compiler of the National SuffolkNZ Newsletter published by the NZ Sheepbreeders Association on their website. www.nzsheep.co.nz/Suffolk Check it out.
In 2015 Debbie was awarded the SUFFOLKNZ AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR for her work in compiling the SUFFOLKNZ Newsletter.
** We may have surplus breeding ewes for sale in November each year.
Please go to our contact page to check if we have any
that are surplus to our Stud requirements.
It is updated regularly.
Please phone the numbers listed below
or email us if you require more information.
** SORRY WE HAVE SOLD OUT OF RAMS
FOR THE 2019 BREEDING SEASON
Enquiries & inspection are always welcomed at STUDHOLME.
STUDHOLME SUFFOLK STUD
Debbie & Brian Holmes
459 b. Karioitahi Road
RD3, Waiuku, 2683