Meadowslea are franchise-holders in the kelso. ram breeding operation. This arrangement gives us access to some of the top kelso. genetics available in New Zealand, but we retain the independence to breed the sheep we find most suitable.
The kelso. Maternal was bred from a Romney / Coopworth base, with the addition of Finn to bring tremendous fertility, East Fresian for milking ability, and Texel for carcass traits. Over the last 25 years or so the kelso. Maternal has essentially become a breed in its own right. With fertility already at very high levels, in recent years selection has been based around maximizing lamb growth and finishing ability, which has resulted in thicker, meatier sheep not unlike our own crossbreds.
The ewes we run scan exceptionally well even in tough years, and the lamb growth is impressive. They still have very good clean shoulders and the rams are particularly suitable for hogget mating - in fact we use them to mate our own commercial hoggets.