KINROSS STATION HAMPSHIRE DOWN BREEDING PROGRAM

SPECIALITY MARBLING GENETICS FOR HIGH END LAMB MARKETS

The Kinross Station Hampshire Down program is a speciality terminal sire program for producers targeting high end niche markets that are rewarded for marbling. The Hampshire Down program is targeted at the 24-30kg market.

The Hampshire Down breeding program is built on unique sire lines within the Hampshire Down breed. These sires are industry leaders for marbling and tenderness within the Australian lamb industry. Kinross Station is an industry leader in progeny testing with over 40 Hampshire Downs sire’s progeny tested in 2018. This is the largest commercial progeny test in Australia.

All carcase data is entered into LAMBPLAN. An added measurement is the use of consumer testing, which has highlighted elite sires with superiority in consumer satisfaction over mainstream terminal sires.

Kinross Station has combined five of Australia’s leading flocks, into a state of the art breeding program. With these flocks having a history of performance recording, the growth rate of the ‘Hampy’s’ is comparable to mainstream terminal sire breeds.

All sheep are fully recorded in Sheep Genetics with the Kinross Station index heavily weighted towards marbling, tenderness and the loin yield, in line with producing high quality retail and food service products.