As in selecting the sheep themselves, Andy extends his discriminating sensibilities to all areas of their care, from breeding to feeding. The Genopalette flock rotationally grazes a variety of highly nutritious native and planted grasses for as much of the year as possible. This puts nutrients right back into our already fertile Missouri River soils and creates healthier sheep and cleaner wool. Our balanced system actually sustains and enhances the luminous, undyed tones of our natural colored flock: the minerals native to our soil and feed contribute heavily to the various colors of the sheep.
The American Midwest is a challenging environment for animals who make their living “out in the elements”. Although in the USA, fine-wooled sheep are normally raised in and suited to much drier climates, Andy’s years of thoughtful selection for the types of Merino sheep common to other high rainfall environments — Tasmania, the Tablelands of AU and several moist Merino producing areas in NZ — has paid off. The proof is Genopalette’s abundant, beautiful wool and rapid flock expansion under our pasture-based production system in Missouri.
- Hardy sheep selected for and adapted to the environment they are raised in.
- Fine, super-fine and occasional ultra-fine wool production, suited to clothing manufacturing with stellar core test traits sought after by manufactures / processors as well as handcraft customers who demand stylish, high comfort factor, high yielding fleeces that resist soil and vegetable matter contamination.
- Many “elite” stud sires used feature high to very high ASBV indexes for traits which drive profit in dual purpose breeds. One main Dohne sire ranks in the top 5% for weaning wt and post weaning wt. over all AU Dohne’s (as of April 7, 2015) : http://sgsearch.sheepgenetics.org.au/Search/Details.aspx?AnimalId=7ff65d9cb4402de93c7abf3b29a974&S=S