A TEFRom ewe stands with her lambs at Twin Farm near Mandeville. Supplied photo
Seventeen years ago, Andrew Welsh's parents started the
TEFRom stud. As he and his wife, Katherine, begin to take
over the reins, the stud has been nominated for Beef and Lamb
New Zealand Sheep Industry awards.
Family members still work together at Twin Farm Genetics to
breed the stud, which takes the best components from the
Texel, East Friesian and Romney breeds to provide what was
the 2013 winner of the SIL-ACE (Sheep Improvement
Limited-Advanced Central Evaluation) award for dual purpose
for growth (lamb growth and adult size).
Stud breeding for the Welshes began in 1978 with a Romney
stud when Mr Welsh's parents, Russell and Pam, farmed at
The TEFRom stud began in 1997 and the Welshes also run a
Suftex (Suffolk cross Texel) stud as well, which began in
Twin Farm now supplies TEFRom rams across the country and
supplies people in the Southland region.
Mr Welsh said the focus of the stud had always been
concentrated around growth and survival.
Although the Welshes had the statistics in front of them,
they believed the TEFRom breed showed its own success as the
feedback they received from clients told the story for them.
Mr Welsh said the high milking and growth rate of TEFRoms
meant they had been achieving better than 50% of the lambs
away at weaning (12 weeks) at over 33kg live weight.
The Welshes sold most of the rams as hoggets in order to
speed up the genetics and provide better genetics for going
forward but they did also sell a number of rams as
Mr Welsh added that the TEFRom ewes had to perform or else
they were penalised; that is where efficiency came into the
''They are weighed before mating and they have to wean
The TEFRom stud had been nominated for the Telford gold dual
purpose award for reproduction, lamb growth plus adult size
and wool production, SIL-ACE award for dual purpose for
growth (lamb growth and adult size) and Progressive Meats
award for dual purpose for meat yield.
''It was great to be nominated for the awards,'' Mr Welsh
He added that it was good to see a lot of different stud
breeders from last year in the nominees as it showed that
genetics in stud breeding was continuously changing and
- by Nicole Sharp