Adapted to the harsh
Australian pastoral extensive grazing.
Originally developed by Denis Russell of Genelink Livestock Consulting The Red Meatmaster
has been isolated over many years of breeding and the "red" gene has been
triggered in several different breeds. While the colour has been most
apparent in the Damara the red colouring has also been found in Van
Rooy, White Dorper and Afrikaner.
In Australia, Canada and South
Africa it has been observed that this colour is often associated with
vigour in a variety of environments.
have noted some of the original Damaras had body type similar to Red
Massai and it is probable that the Red Massai breed may have contributed
both the Red colour and some parasite resistance that allows improved
The rams from each drop in the
recent years have been included in drafts to Wilcannia NSW, Broken Hill
NSW, Inverell NSW, Several areas of Queensland including some large
drafts to Augathella and into the high production winter cold areas of
Millicent South Australia and Central Victoria and have
performed very well in some challenging environments. Growers report
that the rams are very willing workers and can be seen actively pursuing
the ewes at all times of the day even in
The breeding alliance including
Australis Meatmasters under the guidance of Genelink Livestock
consultans have now
segregated the type and the flocks are mated exclusively to the top
selection of red rams.
Breeders are selected on visual classing and weight for age.
Selection is for animals showing no horn and no horned rams are used in the breeding