Damara Sheep Breeders Society of Australia Inc




Damara Sheep Breeders Society of Australia Inc.


PO Box 108 Goodwood SA 5034

Phone
(08)82105229

ABN 97828460668

Breed Information

Characteristics: damara ewe

 

Damara Cross:
Damara first cross (F1) has strong hybrid vigour with Damara's hide colourings, long nose and fat tail. Damara second cross (F2) are more consistently bare-legged, bare-bellied and with less wool. Damara third cross (F3) and Damara fourth cross (F4) resemble purebred Damaras.

 

F1 ram lambs don't usually require shearing as they would usually be sold before shearing, however,F1 ewes generally require shearing at about 12 months and thereafter as necessary, as well as drenching, back-lining and/or crutching. Pure-bred Damaras, F2s, F3s and F4s, do not require shearing and require minimal maintenance.

 

Grazing Habits: Damara ET ram

Browsers of grass, bush and shrubs. Graze over a large area and eat a wide variety of wheatbelt and pastoral feed including saltbush, stubble and poor quality feed. Strong flocking instinct means they often graze and move towards water within sight of each other and rest as a group.

 

Growth Rates:

Lambs can be weaned from 10 weeks, most producers achieving average target liveweight of 35-36 kilograms within four to seven months. Producers recommend drafting lambs off once they reach target weight or sexual maturity, whichever occurs first.

 

Flocking Instinct:

Strong flocking instincts, making movements in large numbers of animals around paddocks easier. Stay together as group reducing likelihood to damage fences.

 

Damara Live Sheep Trade:

The Middle East is primary target market for live Damara Sheep exports. Includes Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Qatar where buyers pay premium for ram lambs which they use for religious and cultural traditions such as Halal. Strongest demand during religious period of Ramadan and Hajj. Live export demand is generally strong all year round. Producers arrange shipments through local stock agents with transport and delivery to feedlot the grower's responsibility.