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Didymus Meatmasters is currently one of the biggest Meatmaster studs in South Africa is proud to hold some of the top stud rams in the industry.

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Outstanding Meatmaster Genetics

 

TOP QUALITY  |  BEST GENETICS  |  HARMONY WITH NATURE

 

Breeding with only the best from the start, complete peace of mind in outstanding Meatmaster genetics.

 

Didymus Meatmasters consists of 3 main farming units. Rietpan Farm is a small farming unit where we breed with approximately 2 000 ewes intensively. This facility enables us to observe our Meatmaster sheep very scientifically in a controlled environment, making the selection for the most fertile animals with the best growth and reproduction only a pleasure.

 

As we are currently building our herd to 15 500 ewes, the offspring from our Rietpan Farm will form the basis for our Mooilaagte and Schaapplaats units, where we farm extensively on an intensive grazing system in combination with cattle.

 

At Didymus Meatmasters we guarantee:

 

• Only truly trialed and tested animals will always be on offer to buy

• We will never offer any animal for sale which we will not buy ourselves

• All our animals are 100% guaranteed to be fertile and in the best health

• We only breed with animals registered with The Meatmaster Sheep Breeders’ Society of South Africa and the South African Studbook

• Visitors are always welcome

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History

Origin

In the nineteen nineties (1990) a group of South African farmers discovered the advantages a fat-tailed hair breed could have regarding fertility, resistance to diseases and parasites as well as surviving skills in times of drought. They also saw the divide in the world wide meat industry which could be resolved if genetic breeding and scientific resources were used to eliminate problems like fat localisation with poor distribution.

 

The farmers were driven to use advantages of fat-tailed hair breeds to overcome the divide between them and muscular European breeds. Fat-tailed breeds were then crossbred with muscled breeds and the first traits of the Meatmaster surfaced.

Development

Meatmaster development is particular because the first stud was founded after the founders carefully researched the commercial demands. Performance Testing and the Hand and Eye method was combined to form the roots of this industry. The breed was registered in 2007 and the Meatmaster Breed Society shortly thereafter in 2008.

Meatmasters Elsewhere

Currently Meatmasters can mostly be found in the Western and central breeding areas of South Africa, but Meatmasters are becoming progressively popular in other agricultural areas where there is a need for high production. The resistance to diseases carried by pests such as ticks and other insects also makes Meatmasters sought after in warmer climates like the Northern Areas of South Africa.

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Didymus Meatmasters is currently one of the biggest Meatmaster studs in South Africa and is proud to hold some of the top stud rams in the industry.

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    Didymus Meatmasters is currently one of the biggest Meatmaster studs in South Africa and are proud to hold some of the top stud rams in the  Meatmaster industry.

     

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    ABOUT DIDYMUS MEATMASTERS

     

    Outstanding Didymus Meatmaster Genetics

    TOP QUALITY Didymus Meatmasters  |  BEST GENETICS Didymus Meatmasters  |  Didymus Meatmasters in HARMONY WITH NATURE

     

    Didymus Meatmasters Brebreeds with only the best from the start, complete peace of mind in outstanding Didymus Meatmaster genetics.

     

    Didymus Meatmasters consists of 3 main farming units. Didymus Meatmasters on Rietpan Farm is a small farming unit where Didymus Meatmasters’s breed with approximately 2 000 ewes intensively. This facility enables Didymus Meatmasters to observe our Didymus Meatmasters sheep very scientifically in a controlled environment, making the selection for the most fertile animals with the best growth and reproduction only a pleasure.

     

    As Didymus Meatmasters are currently building their herd to 15 500 Didymus Meatmasters ewes, the Didymus Meatmasters offspring from our Rietpan Farm will form the basis for our Didymus Meatmasters Mooilaagte and Schaapplaats units, where Didymus Meatmasters farm extensively on an intensive grazing system in combination with cattle.

     

    At Didymus Meatmasters we guarantee:

     

    • Only truly trialed and tested Didymus Meatmasters animals will always be on offer to buy

    • Didymus Meatmasters will never offer any animal for sale which we will not buy ourselves

    • All Didymus Meatmasters’s animals are 100% guaranteed to be fertile and in the best health

    • Didymus Meatmasters only breed with animals registered with The Meatmaster Sheep Breeders’ Society of South Africa and the South African Studbook

    • Visitors are always welcome at Didymus Meatmasters

     

    HISTORY of Didymus Meatmasters

    ORIGIN of Didymus Meatmasters

    In the nineteen nineties (1990) a group of South African farmers discovered the advantages a fat-tailed hair breed (Didymus Meatmasters )could have regarding Meatmaster fertility, resistance to diseases and parasites as well as surviving skills in times of drought. Didymus Meatmasters also saw the divide in the world wide meat industry which could be resolved if genetic breeding and scientific resources were used to eliminate problems like fat localisation with poor distribution.

     The Meatmaster farmers were driven to use advantages of fat-tailed hair breeds to overcome the divide between them and muscular European breeds. Fat-tailed breeds were then crossbred with muscled breeds and the first traits of the Meatmaster surfaced.

    DEVELOPMENT of Didymus Meatmasters

    Didymus Meatmaster development is particular because the first Meatmaster stud was founded after the founders carefully researched the commercial demands. Performance Testing of Meatmasters and the Hand and Eye method was combined to form the roots of this Meatmaster industry. The Meatmaster breed was registered in 2007 and the Meatmaster Breed Society shortly thereafter in 2008.

    MEATMASTERS ELSEWHERE

    Currently Meatmasters can mostly be found in the Western and central breeding areas of South Africa, but Meatmasters are becoming progressively popular in other agricultural areas where there is a need for high production. The resistance to diseases carried by pests such as ticks and other insects also makes Didymus Meatmasters sought after in warmer climates like the Northern Areas of South Africa.

     

    GALLERY of Didymus Meatmasters

    Didymus Meatmasters is currently one of the biggest Meatmaster stud in South Africa and are proud to hold some of the top stud rams in the industry.

    VIEW GALLERY of Didymus Meatmasters

     

    INFORMATION about Didymus Meatmasters

    Didymus Meatmaster sheep is bred as a non-fat tailed hair-type sheep with unique Meatmaster characteristics, that promotes economical and profitable commercial Meatmaster sheep meat production. Didymus Meatmasters adhere to the breeding norms and believe that performance testing under demanding conditions slows down development and reduces the difference between the weaker and the superior Meatmaster animals, where by leaving the Meatmaster animals out in nature to perform in nature makes a massive difference.

     

    Didymus Meatmasters’ breeding objectives and selection attributes affects our flock’s adaptability, fertility, herding instinct, growth and carcass conformation. Didymus Meatmasters’ record-keeping and phenotypic selection makes Didymus Meatmasters’ breeding progress outstanding, reducing the odds of making mistakes.

    DIDYMUS MEATMASTERS PROVING THEMSELVES WORTHY IN EXTREME WEATHER

    In the 2010/2011 season some of the outer lying Karoo areas experienced much higher rain fall than usual. These extreme weather conditions brought about great times of testing to see what the Meatmaster sheep would do when sudden climate changes take place such as these from dry to extreme wetness. The Meatmaster sheep where pushed way beyond the limits for a year like this. Where all surrounding farmers where battling with footrot, wireworm and other problems, Meatmaster sheep farmers went and placed their Meatmaster sheep under as much stress as possible.

     

    For over 45 days Meatmaster sheep ran with water constantly above their pasterns. Meatmasters were also not dosed for wireworm until the turn of the season. The founding’s where astounding. Not one of the Didymus Meatmaster sheep was lost due to wireworm or other parasites and not one sheep got footrot. Where most sheep farmers would put their commercial animals under such a test, this test was done with over 200 stud Meatmaster ewes. This just proves that when animals are purposefully selected under natural conditions, only the strong and able will prevail. (meatmastersa.co.za)

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    Didymus Meatmasters  GENETICS

    Didymus Meatmasters  HEALTH

    Didymus Meatmasters  ADMINISTRATION

    Didymus Meatmasters  BREEDING

    Didymus Meatmasters  PROCESSING

    Didymus Meatmasters  FEEDING

    Didymus Meatmasters  HABITAT

    Didymus Meatmasters  STUD

    Didymus Meatmasters MANAGEMENT

     

    Didymus Meatmasters GENETICS

    A Meatmaster is a breed of sheep that is fat tailed and hair type sheep that is specifically bred to meet market demands under extremely difficult natural conditions. The Meatmaster sheep is a cross between the Damara and the Dorper dheep. The Dorper sheep is a cross between the Blackhead Persian sheep and the Dorset Horn.

    SELECTION of Didymus Meatmasters

    At Didymus Meatmasters the stud is closely observed and researched every day. The Meatmaster sheep are constantly examined and if any form of dysfunction, pesticide, undesirable or defective aspects are detected during scientific analysis of data, the involved Meatmaster is immediately eliminated from the Didymus Meatmasters stud.

     

    By withdrawing any defective conditions like abortion or rejected Meatmaster lambs, Didymus Meatmasters produces only the highest quality of most profitable Didymus Meatmasters.

    SEED BANK of Didymus Meatmasters

    Didymus Meatmasters makes use of Meatmaster seed banks to insure the profitable future of all Meatmaster sheep from the Meatmaster bloodline. Didymus Meatmasters collaborates with Ramsem where rams with a high quality blood line are sent, their seed collected and stored. This insures that the sought after bloodline will stay in the industry, and in the event of any setback seed collection can restore a whole bloodline.

    EMBRYO FLUSHING of Didymus Meatmasters

    Collaborating with Ramsem also allows Didymus Meatmasters to store Meatmasterembryos that can be transferred to ewes with undesirable qualities to produce lambs with desirable aspects.

    BACKGROUND AND GENEALOGY

    Every Meatmaster in the Didymus Meatmasters stud is a pure bred Meatmaster sheep that originates from or is directly from the original Meatmaster sheep cross breed stud. All the Meatmaster sheep that were used to start the Didymus Meatmasters stud where purchased from the original breeders.

     

    Didymus Meatmasters develops its stud with seven (7) of the eight (8) original Meatmaster bloodlines in the Meatmaster sheep industry. This insures a limited chance of inbreeding and the successful transferring of desirable qualities to the next generation of Meatmasters sheep.

     

    In Didymus Meatmasters’ two years of experience in breeding it was able to take an already leading top race and extract its best qualities to produce an even more distinguished stud.

     

    Didymus Meatmasters  BREEDING

    Didymus Meatmasters uses a unique and innovative breeding method that involves intensive observation and control to secure a pure bred bloodline that is healthy and profitable.

     

    A specific method is used to synchronize the ewes’ fertility and the Meatmaster sheep are moved, sorted and tagged in groups according to the step of the process they are currently in. When one group of  Didymus Meatmaster ewes have a synchronized fertility period they are moved to a different sheepfold with Didymus Meatmaster rams. This enables a faster reproduction phase and access to controlling the reproduction rate.

     

    Didymus Meatmasters FEEDING

    Didymus Meatmasters have a pelleting feed plant at our Didymus Meatmasters Rietpan facility were all our Didymus Meatmasters feed is made per scientific formulations. Basically, all the resources are planted on the premises and carefully grown, researched and maintained to cater for the various needs.

     

    The Didymus Meatmasters Rietpan stud is fed by pellets that are made on the premises we try to maintain a minimum level of 65% roughage throughout the Didymus Meatmasters animals live circle. These pills are manufactured by combining various formulations of different feeds and concentrates.

     

    As Didymus Meatmasters are currently building our herd to 15 500 ewes, the offspring from our Didymus Rietpan Farm will form the basis for our Didymus Mooilaagte and Schaapplaats units, where we farm extensively on an intensive grazing system in combination with cattle.

     

    Didymus Meatmasters HEALTH

    All Didymus Meatmaster sheep are closely examined and observed on a daily basis. Any health issues are immediately taken note of and the involved Didymus Meatmaster animal is removed from the Didymus Meatmaster stud and moved to our “hospital” which is based on Schaappplaas to prevent spreading of diseases or genetic dysfunctions.

     

    At Didymus Meatmasters the direct availability of medication and intensive care is of utmost importance and therefore the development of the intensive care unit on the Didymus Meatmasters Schaapplaas farming unit.

     

    Didymus Meatmasters PROCESSING

    Data processing at Didymus Meatmasters involves the reading of the electronic tags, analysing and sorting the data, comparing the live data to a national database.

     

    This way of processing data allows management to stay updated on any information regarding the Didymus Meatmasters and to be able to access this data at any time it is needed. Electronic data processing insures that the Didymus management will be able to control any genetic dysfunctions and prevent diseases or parasites from spreading, focussing on individual animals.

     

    Didymus Meatmasters HABITAT

    At Didymus Meatmasters a method that combines intensive and extensive farming is utilised.

     

    The Didymus Meatmaster sheep are therefore very adaptive to different habitats and their health will not be affected if a buyer changes the habitat to free range or only sheepfolds.

     

    Didymus Meatmaster MANAGEMENT

    At Didymus Meatmasters management works with a specific and controlled system that requires a detailed and involved approach to systems management. Didymus Meatmasters strive to deliver only top quality with the best Didymus Meatmaster genetics, while managing the Meatmaster industry in harmony with nature.

    ADMINISTRATION of Didymus Meatmaster

    Didymus Meatmasters are all observed through an electronic tag system attached to every individual Didymus Meatmaster animal. These electronic tags record live data on the animal that can be monitored by management and information on every Didymus Meatmaster animal in the stud is always easily available.

     

    The live data recorded by the tags is then cross referenced with the South African Stud Book database to insure genetic improvement and critical analysis.

     

    Didymus Meatmaster STUD

    Didymus Meatmasters is currently one of the biggest Meatmaster studs in South Africa and are proud to hold some of the top stud rams in the industry.

     

    Didymus Meatmasters aims to produce an average of three (3) lambs per ewe per year (300% Didymus Meatmaster lambing percentage) and are currently well on track to achieve this target.

     

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    CONTACT US at Didymus Meatmasters

    Christo Grobler (Didymus Meatmasters)

    Tel: +27 18 632 0050

    Email: christo@meatmaster.org.za

     

    Didymus Meatmasters

    Rietpan Farm

    Lichtenburg

    2740

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