VICTORIAN SOUTH SUFFOLK SOCIETY

SOUTH SUFFOLK - THE BREED FOR PRIME MEAT

  

 

 

The South Suffolk is a large, comparatively heavy meat breed of sheep.

Rams are for use as terminal sires, used in cross breeding for early lean prime lamb production.

South Suffolks can be found in most states of Australia;  Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland & Tasmania.

South Suffolks can also be found in New Zealand, where the breed originated.

Rams can weigh from 90 - 140kg

Ewes usually weigh from  70-100kg

Lambing %  is from 130 - 160%

South Suffolk wool is a short, fine, downs type, The fiber diameter is between 24 - 28 microns.

The Staple length being 75 -100mm, with the weight range from 3 -4kg

South Suffolk wool is used for knitting yarns and for apparel.

 

 

BREED STANDARD FOR THE

SOUTH SUFFOLK SHEEP

 

 

Taken From

The Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Assoc. Ltd     

Flock Registar

 

HEAD

Medium length, with moderately strong muzzle.  Hornless. 

Face colour chocolate, with a topknot of white wool on the forehead.           

Face clean.  Ears dark and of fine texture.  Eyes bright and full.

 

NECK  

     Short and well set in the shoulders.

 

SHOULDER  

  Broad and oblique.

 

CHEST  

 Deep and wide.

 

BACK AND LOINS 

       Back of good length and level.  Ribs well sprung with no

hardness on shoulder.  Tail broad and well set on.

 

LEG AND FEET 

    Forelegs set well apart- hind legs well filled with meat. 

Legs chocolate, clean short and flat boned. 

Hooves strong and black.

 

BELLY

Well covered with wool.

 

FLEECE  

                   Short to medium length fleece of medium fine "downs"

type wool, even throughout.

 

SKIN 

          Fine, soft and pink.

 

CARRIAGE 

       Bold and active.

 

        DISQUALIFICATION                     

(1) Horns, or any evidence of horns.

(2) Blue skin.

(3) Defective jaw.

(4) Bad wool and black fibers. 

 

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