Ceres Farm
Mid-North Coopworth Company

Member N.Z. Ovine Sire Referencing Group
Facial Eczema Tolerance Testing Since 1984
Coopworth Ram Breeding Since 1975


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Welcome to the Ceres Farm Website

The main purpose of the ram breeding undertaken at Ceres Farm (home of the Mid-North Coopworth Company or MNCC) is to optimise the profitability/survivability of sheep in the warmer regions of New Zealand, where the toxic fungus that causes Facial Eczema (FE) often severely suppresses productivity. After years of ram breeding in the Waikato and years of FE tolerance breeding, high fertility, together with good growth and fleece weights, have been achieved. MNCC rams are consistently ranked among the top Coopworth sires in New Zealand.

This website provides information about the Coopworth breeding program carried out on Ceres Farm, as well as general information regarding sheep farming in New Zealand. If you are interested in purchasing MNCC rams, or have any questions/comments, don't hesitate to .


Newsletter 39, September 2015 (PDF)

Ram Selection

Ram Breeding and Pricing 2015
2014 SIL Ram Selection List [Excel] [PDF]
SIL Indexes, Dual Purpose Overall Index
Ramguard
BLUP and SIL
Genetic Trends for the MNCC Flock
Gallery of past and present MNCC 2th Sires

About Ceres Farm/MNCC

Aims and Expectations of MNCC
Location and Contact Details
History of Ceres Farm
NZ Ovine Sire Referencing Group (NZOSR)
NZ Coopworth Genetics (Sheep Society)

Animal Health

Internal Parasites
Introduction to Facial Eczema
Key Points in Control of Facial Eczema
Effect of Facial Eczema on Production
"Facing Up To Facial Eczema" Booklet
Fusarium
The Brucellosis Infection
Factors Contributing to Dagginess in Sheep
Options to Improve Ewe Performance
Pneumonia and Pleurisy in Lambs
Summer Sheep Feeding
Ram Breeding and Gene Modification
Preventing bloat in hand-reared lambs (PDF)

Sheep Breeding and Farming

Understanding Sheep
Selection for FE and Other Mycotoxins
Hogget Lambing
Pasture Quality and Alternative Feeding
Importance of Pasture Quality
Performance Recording
Ultrasound Scanning
Clover Root Weevil
Improving Lamb Survival And Growth Rates
Biotechnology/Genetic Engineering
Androvax and Hogget Mating
Management of Triplet Ewes (PDF)


Note: Some of the content on this website is in .pdf format which requires an external application to view. Adobe Reader is fine (freely available from the official Adobe website), however the current version has now bloated to north of 36 MBs (requiring many hours at typical rural modem speeds). If you don't have fast internet, then I recommend as an alternative Cool PDF Reader (only 0.8 MB!) available for free from the CoolPDF Software website.


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