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AFRINO SHEEP BREEDERS'
ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION

The AFRINO Sheep Breeders' Society was established on the 5 February 1980, at a meeting held on the Carnarvon Experimental Station. At the meeting the standards for the AFRINO sheep breed were drawn up. The primary goals of the Society today, are to maintain the breed standards, and to to promote benefits of the AFRINO sheep breed to both established and prospective stock farmers.

The Society also runs the "Veldram" project from which the benchmark for the AFRINO sheep breed is set.

ABOUT THE AFRINO SHEEP BREED

Hardiness and Adaptability

In all breeds which have to produce and reproduce under adverse or sub-optimum environments, hardiness and adaptability are of paramount importance.

Hardy and Adaptable

Selection of breeding sires and dams takes place under the same conditions tham those in which their offspring have to produce and reproduce. Another reson being that wool production is only 3 - 4 % of it's body weight.

Production and Reproduction

In AFRINO sheep 80% of income is generated through meat production and 20% through wool production. The main selection objective is therefore to increase lifetime weight of lamb produced per ewe.

Reproduction

In the selection program, emphasis is placed not only on the quantity of lambs produced, but also on their quality. Therefore, lifetime total weight of lamb produced per ewe is the main selection objective. AFRINO ewes have outstanding mothering abilities and even in flocks where 500 - 600 ewes are lambing, bottle-fed lambs will rarely be found. Lambing difficulties are extremely rare.

Meat

The AFRINO sheep breed is known for its high quality meat with an even fat distribution over the carcass. Lambs do not accumulate fat at an early age and can therefore be marketed at a later stage and a higher body weight.Average marketing age is 7 -8 months under extensive conditions. Under feedlot or favourable conditions, lambs reach marketing weight as early as three months of age.

Wool

The AFRINO sheep produces Merino type wool, with a fibre diameter ranging from 18 to 22 micron. During selection, much emphasis is placed on wool quality (micron, crimp definition, clean yield), while care is taken not to decrease the amount of wool produced.

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Afrino Sheep Breed Details

History

Where it all began.

Breed Standards

Defining the Breed.

Statistics

Stats and Averages.

"Veld Ram"

Breeding Project.

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