Welcome to the Cloven Hills website.
OUR FOCUS FERTILITY, GROWTH, RESILIENCE & CARCASE TRAITS
We hope this site provides you with some user friendly information that can assist your sheep operation. Our aim is to provide clients with hardy animals that perform.
As commercial and stud breeders, we understand the various pressures, constraints and challenges that regularly arise, and are constantly looking to select genetics that meet your needs.
Functionally we all have less time, as farmers increasingly have to balance the everyday practicalities of having a livestock, changing seasonal and market conditions. Commercially this means Australian farmers are always looking at how to do things better whether it be adopting new technology, meeting transport and supply chain needs and importantly how we can produce what consumers need now and in the future.
Getting everything you want in one animal is a big ask; however, we see our job as providing structurally sound animals with objective performance information, so you can select the animals that best suit your purpose and operation.
Cloven Hills – Leading the field for maternal performance
Fertility, growth, carcase and ewe efficiency traits are the key drivers to our business and have been the core breeding objectives for the past 10 years. Cloven Hills’ genetics are leading the field, with the August 2018 Sheep Genetics run listing 75% of the top 20 2017 drop sires from Cloven Hills (MCP+ index). We also have 40 out of the top 150 Maternal sires in Australia, the highest of any stud. The MCP+ Index balances fertility, growth and carcase traits, without putting upward pressure on adult weight, which is consistent feedback from clients.
This has been a result of selecting top genetics from Australia and New Zealand, performance recording large numbers, applying heavy selection pressure, running stock under commercial conditions and ensuring good structure and conformation. We are proud of this achievement, as we are a single stud, and feel the best genetic gains are yet to come.
We enjoy assisting clients work through the breeding values for each trait, to ensure the most important traits for their operation are prioritised.
Please let us know if we can help you.