5 good reasons to use an Ile de France over merinos

The Ile de France Advantage

  • Easy Lambing - We have clients using our Ile de France over merino ewe lambs with no lambing problems.

    Andrew and Shiree Mills, Louth Bay, SA, have used Ile de France rams over their merinos since 2010.  “We have had no lambing problems.  Our 50 kg merino ewe lambs have been joined to Ile de France and have tailed over 100% for the past 2 years.  I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen how easily these young ewes lambed with my own eyes”.
     

  • Early Maturing - 45 to 50 kg lambs off mum are often the most profitable lambs you will produce.

    Matt Quinn, Hallet South Australia has joined his merinos to Ile de France, Poll Dorset and Suffolk rams for 2 years.  “The first draft of lambs is dominated by the Ile de France cross lambs and by the second draft pretty well all the Ile de France lambs are gone”, reports Matt.   “The Ile de France cross make an excellent trade lamb”. Matt plans to replace all his other rams with Ile de France.  Mal Jarred, Nhill has used Ile de France rams over his Dohnes for the past 2 years.  Mal finds the rams great workers – this year he had just 26 empty out of 850 ewes joined to 5  Ile de France rams.  The Ile de France x Dohne lamb has the length of the Dohne and the muscle of the Ile de France, “they weigh a lot heavier than they look,” says Mal.

    Patrick Ross of Prairie Glen Pastoral Co., Lucindale, SA, joined merino ewes with Ile de France, Poll Dorset and White Suffolk rams.  The growth rate of the Ile de France x lambs was good - the majority of the Ile de France x lambs were amongst the first lambs sold with a carcass weight range of 23-25kgs.  David England, Victor Harbor, S.A., has used Ile de France rams over his merinos for the past 4 years and says; “We are very impressed, the Ile de France x merino lambs weighed 40-45kg at 12 weeks and 80% of wethers sold over hooks to T&R by 17 weeks of age.”
     

  • Improved dressing % - the great shape of the Ile de France x merino lamb means more meat in the carcass so SELL OVER HOOKS.

    “We could not believe how heavy the lambs out of our Ile de France x ewes were and re-weighed some to make sure we were not seeing things”.  It is their carcass shape that makes them a lot heavier than they look – the meat on the hind quarter”.  Dean Harrington, Boort, Victoria.

     
  • Quality skins - the Ile de France has quaity comeback wool.
    The Ile de France fleece ranges from 25 - 32 micros (mature adult), has merino style crimp and short staple length which tends to tighten up fleeces, the Ile de France cross lambs do not "run to wool" so easily and produce a good quality pelt.
     
  • Tough easy doing rams - Ile de France do well on low quality feed.
    Many clients comment how well the rams do after arriving and how they bounce back quickly once they come out of the ewes.