|Kitzan Sheep - SAMM's
(South African Meat Merinos)
|Pureblood SAMM Embryo Ram - Born 1999
One of our foundation rams
SAMM's (South African Meat Merino's), originally known as the German
Meat Merino and known as PRIME SAMM's in Australia, is a dual purpose
meat-wool sheep (60:40 meat to wool). The breed is known for its fertility.
The breed is able to utilize low quality roughage. Its grazing habits limit
energy consumption and better utilization efficiency is maintained allowing
for increased meat and wool production.
The Breed excels under all climatical conditions. The breed carries a 21 -
23 micron fleece.
Cross breeding practises with other white face breeds of sheep are
common utilizing the conformation, hardiness, fertility and adaptability of
the SA Meat Merino. Producers often cross breed with Rambouillet and
Targhee to improve prolificacy and carcass quality.
The SAMM is a medium-sized sheep, a good forager, hardy and able to
withstand in climate weather.
The lambs at birth were small (8-10# birth weight), extremely vigorous,
taking just minutes to get up to nurse (we lambed when it is 0 to -20 F at
nights). These lambs have a high tolerance to pneumonia and were quick
to start on feed. They look like Rambouillet lambs when born but within
two weeks you could see the SAMM blood in them! All the lambs are open
faced with dark pigmentation around their eyes.
The cross ewes required less management (time) during lambing.
|2006 Meat Merino Weither Lambs.
These lambs competed against over 120+ head of lambs at our local county fair. The lamb of
the left won the light weight division (110-115 pounds) and the lamb on the right won the heavy
division (135-145#) and was named overall champion. These lambs where not special or hand
feed or exercised.