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Ann & Bruce Starritt

Welcome to the "Kelso Park" web site.

In 2014 after 100 years of breeding Border Leicesters it was decided to scale down and reduce our work load.
 
Most of the original block at Kelso was sold. However the main homestead, all of the outbuildings and infrastructure plus 50 acres of land was retained. The stud (excluding appendixed sheep) was then offered for sale.

HIGH FERCUNDANT BORDER LEICESTER RAMS

By keeping an interest in the Border Leicester breed it was decided to retain the appendix ewes with the Baroola gene. In 2009 this appendix flock was commenced with the purchase of 2 rams from Strachan Research Station in South Australia.
The Baroola FecB gene is a high fecundate gene of which a DNA Test has been developed to identify the sheep carrying one of three different copies: - BB; Bb or bb

  • Rams with the FecB BB gene will pass on a single copy of the gene (Bb) to all their offspring.
  • Rams with the FecB Bb gene will pass on a single copy of the gene (Bb) to 50% of their progeny.

The aim at Kelso is to supply rams preferably with the FecB gene (BB) to commercial breeders.
The resulting first cross ewes will now all have a single copy of the gene thus increasing lambing percentages by approx. 30%.
Single (Bb) copy rams would increase lambing percentages by approx.. 15%

The number of lambs sold is the greatest driver of profit, an extra 30 lambs per 100 ewes is hard to ignore.
If anything the appendix rams have a little more muscle than previous rams which is one trait Kelso have been concentrating on to value add the first cross wether lambs.

BORDER LEICESTER RAMS PRODUCED AT KELSO WILL BE OF THE SAME TYPE WHICH HAS BEEN PRODUCED FOR THE LAST 100 YEARS. WE STAND BY OUR IDEAS ON TYPE.

Please take the time to view this site, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.



Original homestead. Established 1881.
Residence to six
generations. Current home to Bruce & Ann.

                                                       
 
   
   
    
 
   
   
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