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PERFORMANCE

THE FACTS FROM INDEPENDENT TRIALS

Growth and Carcase Traits for Oxford cross lambs out of Mule and Scotch Half bred ewes

Growth
Birth weight4.4kg
12 week weight31.1kg
Age at slaughter129 days
Average carcase weight by ewe breed at MLC fat class 3
Mule20.5kg
Scotch Halfbred 21.5kg

Carcase Analysis
Killing out percentage43.6
Lean percentage56.3
Fat percentage23.0
Lean to bone ratio3.2
Eye muscle area 10.5 sq cm

ABRO Trial to Identify Resistance to Cold
'As expected, hill sheep perform best, but the Oxford Down had a high rating in the lamb's ability to withstand cold. Preliminary findings suggest that 30% of the variation in cold resistance is passed on to the progeny.'