STIRLING RAM SALE 

 

Wednesday 29th of August 

 

The Aberfield is helping to maximise output and improve overall flock efficiency for Duncan McEwan who is hosting Innovis’s ram sale at Arnprior, Stirling on Wednesday 29 August.

The catalogue features 200 rams in total including 63 Aberfield, 27 Abermax, seven Aberblack and 22 Highlander, all of which are performance recorded and reared off pure forage based systems.


“Aberfield cross Cheviot ewes are replacing a traditional Scotch Mule flock and they are successfully achieving our goal - to maximise the number of kilos of lamb per hectare from a least cost forage based system,” says Duncan McEwan.

“For starters, the Aberfield crosses are smaller - mature ewes are averaging 75kg compared with the average 85kg Scotch Mule ewe, which is enabling us to increase stocking rate, and in turn to eventually expand and close the flock at 1,500 ewes.

“The Aberfield crosses are proving to be hardy, milky and good grazers, and this season they scanned at 199%, similar to the Scotch Mules previous performance.

“We have introduced the Abermax meat sire; lambs are going on to go to reach 18kg to 19kg target weight earlier - from 10 weeks in early June, they have good conformation, and they’re generally all away by Christmas. We have been able to considerably reduce all forms of concentrate; the entire crop is finished on grass managed in a rotational grazing system, and brassicas.

“Aberfield cross hoggs are sufficiently mature to breed from, and we’ve been able to further reduce costs by lambing outdoors. So far one third of the flock has successfully lambed outdoors and we intend to progressively increase that percentage.”

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