The Breeding Aim for Nolana Sheep

Within the uprising Nolana-population, two breeding strains are becoming apparent:

1. A mdium to large framed meat-sheep for intensive produktion systems
2. A medium framed hill-sheep for extensive grazing systems and for landscape conservation programmes

Both breeding strains share the commonality that during late fall a thick winter-pelt of 3-5 cm long hair is growing and in the following spring is shed by and by in tufts and replaced by a short hair coat.

Most sheep shed their coat for the first time as yearlings. However, there are many animals born in winter or in early spring who shed their lamb-coat completely in their first summer. Theses lambs that shet early are preferably well suited for thr breeding programme, assuming that they meet all other preconditions.

Accordingly, the breeding aim for Nolana meat-sheep could be defined as follows, unless otherwise stated:

The Breeding Aim for the Nolana Meat-Sheep

The aim is to have a medium to large framed sheep with a narrow head. In the long run, polled animals are desired. The trunk has broad shoulders, a long and broad back and loin, good rib curvature, broad and deep breast, good flank depths and a long, broad pelvis. The shoulders, back and outer and inner leg chumps should show a well developed shape. These sheep should produce first class lean carcasses.

The legs should be strong and of correct position.

A special emphasis is placed on good mothering and milking abilty, high fertility, easy lambing, prematurity and a long breeding season.

The coat colour is predominantly white. Claws, mouth and nose should be darkly pigmentid. Dark pigmentation on the body are possible and welcomed, as well as other colours.

The Nolana sheep is especially suited for keeping in paddocks.

Body weights of Nolana Meat- sheep:
Adult rams: 115 – 130 kg
Yearling rams: 90 – 110 kg
Adult ewes: 75 – 90 kg
Birth weights: 4 – 5 kg
Young breeding ewes: 55 – 65 kg
(8 months at first mating)

The daily gaims (100 days) in- field should vary from 300-400 g. These are very few exceptions where higher daily gains are achieved. The dressing percentage varies from 50-51% with a commercial life weight of 42-44 kg.