STUDHOLME SUFFOLK STUD
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, Taronga and now Calluragh 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 season (2021) Our Stud Sires are:
CALLURAGH 92/19 TW
Purchased from the Calluragh Stud
at Christchurch Elite Ram Fair in November 2020.
A VERY MEATY & STRUCTURALLY SOUND RAM.
He has a HUGE Eye Muscle scan of 43.25.
Cant wait to see his progeny ..
Purchased from the Taronga Stud
at Christchurch Elite Ram Fair in December 2019.
A MEDIUM STYLE OF RAM, MEATY & STRUCTURALLY SOUND.
His progeny are very good indeed ...
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 an
EMA (Eye Muscle Area) 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%
He has produced our top Ram lamb this year (2020)
with a weaning weight of 65kg.
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 nine 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 5% 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.
All sheep that do not have the phenotype or temperament that we are aiming to breed are dispersed as lambs
with only the top percentage are retained for breeding.. All lambs retained are EMA scanned in autumn.
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 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 '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.
Enquiries & inspection are always welcomed at STUDHOLME.
STUDHOLME SUFFOLK STUD
Debbie & Brian Holmes
459 b. Karioitahi Road
RD3, Waiuku, 2683
email: [email protected]