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South Suffolk

Origin & History

South Suffolk Ewes © Graham Meadows PhotographyThe South Suffolk first appeared in New Zealand during the 1930s in response to an overseas demand for leaner meat.

It is a New Zealand breed developed in Canterbury by a Southdown stud breeder, Mr George Gould, who was also responsible for the introduction of Suffolks to the country. Gould wanted a specialist breed to meet the requirements of a price schedule for prime lamb cuts which carried penalties for too much fat. The quick maturity and carcase shape of the Southdown and high flesh-to-fat ratio of the Suffolk were incorporated.

The South Suffolk became a registered breed in 1955 and is increasingly being used as a terminal sire for prime lamb production. Its high yielding carcase makes it ideal for further processing. The Down wool is used for fine apparels and hand knitting yarns.

 

Breed Description

What you can expect from South Suffolk ramsBy using South Suffolk rams you can ...

  • Produce early maturing lambs. Drafts of 16kg carcasses or better being achieved at 12 weeks of age
  • Produce lambs that have the ability to grow into heavier weights within the grading requirements
  • Produce a higher yielding animal ideally suited to the cutting trade
  • Produce South Suffolk cross lambs that are easily identified as terminal progeny
  • Produce lambs which are adaptable and perform in all climatic conditions.

 

SOUTH SUFFOLKS - LEADING THE WAY

 

Breed Classification

South Suffolk lambs © Graham Meadows PhotographyA large, comparatively heavy meat breed. Rams are used as terminal sires for cross-breeding for early prime lamb production.

Location: On all types of country throughout NZ in stud and commercial flocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bodyweight Wool

Ewes: 65-90 kg

Rams: 90-120 kg

Short, fine, Down type.

Fibre diameter: 27-33 microns.

Staple length: 75-100 mm

Fleece weight: Range 3-4 kg
Average 3.5 kg

Uses: apparel and knitting yarns.
Meat

High yielding carcase, ideal for further processing.

Breeding/Lambing

130-160 percent

Numbers

94,000

 

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