Origin of the Breed
The Meatmaster is a composite developed in South Africa as a functionally efficient lean hair-type meat sheep. Standards have been set to enable the breed to develop in such a way that it can achieve maximum profitability under as wide a range of conditions as possible.
Most Meatmasters to date were developed by initially crossing Damara with Dorper sheep. The Damara was used to ensure that two of the most important selection criteria -
namely a strong herd instinct, and a hair covering with an underlying coat of fluffy wool, with natural shedding ability would be retained in the composite. The Meat master Sheep Breeders’ Society was established on 2 October 2002 at Bethulie.
• A multi coloured hair sheep composite with good skin pigmentation
• Rams are masculine. Ewes must be feminine.
• Rams and ewes tend to be polled.
• A short shiny hair coat with an underlying blanket of fluffy fine wool that sheds readily in the summer.
• The sheep is of average size with efficient body conformation and well-placed legs with excellent walking ability.
• The tail is moderately fat, wedge shaped, well attached – tapering to a point – preferably not below the hocks and must has a good attachment and reaches down to the
• The breed has a characteristic strong herd instinct with good mothering in the ewes.
Normal production environment
Meat master farmers are found mainly in the central and western extensive sheep breeding areas of South Africa
Breed and performance information
Age at first breeding: 8months
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