Friday the 31st of August 


Innovis genetics are helping to future proof an 1,800 ewe flock managed on an exposed hill unit managed by Kevin Stewart who is hosting Innovis’s ram sale at Sharpitlaw, Kelso on Friday 31 August.

The sale catalogue features in total 160 rams including 25 Highlander, 55 Aberfield, 40 Abermax and eight Aberblack entries, all of which are performance recorded and reared off pure forage based systems.

We introduced the Highlander as a damline 10 years ago; since then it has enabled us to reduce costs and develop a closed high health flock running at between 800’ to 1,000’.

Highlander ewes are thrifty, resilient, hardy and averaging five crops; they make good use of forage, they lamb outdoors in April and all forms of concentrate has been eliminated.

A pure flock of Highlander ewes are retained to breed replacements and also crossed with Aberfield rams for ewe lamb production and with Aberblack rams for prime lamb production.

The flock achieves 1.65% lambs weaned and lambs are finished on forage crops between October and December grading 19.5kg at R grade or better.

Sheep Genetics in Practise


 “Combine carefully selected Innovis genetics with detailed attention to management, and I don’t know of any other livestock farming enterprise that could beat sheep farming in terms of profitability for a starter..."

Jim Beary – Aberfield

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“We’re having a trial run over a portion of the flock. Our first draw of Primera cross lambs reached 19kg target finishing weight at 11 weeks, both the twin Primera and Abermax cross lambs..."

James Teasdale – Abermax

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Since introducing the New Zealand bred Highlander to his Devon unit three years ago, finished sheep production has increased by 42% to 342kg per acre while a traditional indoor...

Mike Tewson – Highlander

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Producing tailored made replacement ewes featuring Innovis genetics within a traditional stratified system is proving to be a win win venture for two sheep farming businesses...

Ben Anthony - Aberfield Crossbred

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