Formally the Auckland Romney Development Group. The ARDG was formed in 1968 out of a desire to produce an easy care sheep with increased animal production and profitability, this group of Romney ram breeders are leaders in Romney ram genetics. Now in our 51st year of breeding our genetics are unsurpassed.
As the research has become available we have pushed into the maternal traits of disease tolerance (FE) and worm resilience / resistance. Our FE genetics are unsurpassed and other ram breeders are using ARDG genetics to elevate their flocks resistance. Piquet Hill, Waiohine (WRG), Wairere, Kaahu, Hildreth and St Ledger are just some of the studs using ARDG FE genetics. More recently we have contributed to the Pilot Mulitiplier Project with Whangara Farms as a breeding partner, supplying semen from the groups rams to contribute to the improvement of the Whangara Farms flock. We are also contributing to the CPT FE testing programme at the Otiwhiti Station, Hunterville Field Trials.
Go to where other ram breeders buy their rams from. Just contact any of the breeders on the contact list below and you are on the way to enhanced flock performance. The new name cleverly reflects the advances in technology now being utilised by the group.
We utilise the most up to date evaluations on our rams including Molecular Breeding Values (DNA) to increase our genetic gains and to ensure yours. The move, in 2018, to ranking our rams based on New Zealand Maternal Worth (NZMW) compares animals based on all maternal traits gives ram buyers
Protect your flock for the future and use New Zealand's leading FE tolerant genetics.
There is a fantastic new tool on Beef and Lamb genetics that lets your compare the value to you as a commericial farmer, based on the use of a ram for three years, evaluated on NZMW only. You can simply hit on the settings button in the right hand corner, type in how many ewes you are mating, what your expected lambing percentage is and some other simple data, the calculator will give you the expected increase in income based on the animals NZMW. For our clients who are also investing in FE, just by using our genetics the value is much more than shown on NZMW and when you come to select a ram you will find we have ours ranked according to NZMW + FE +WORM FEC giving you a much more thorough selection list from which to choose from.
In addition if you haven't downloaded the app Ramfinder yet give it a try and type in the traits you need, ie FE, FEC etc and you will find our rams there. https://www.sil.co.nz/tools/ramfinder Check out NZMW + FE +FEC and you will find our breeding group is your best option forward in your breeding programme.
The latest genetic trend graphs (May 2018) can be located by clicking here, genetic_trends_graphs_2017_data.pdf or check out the research pages under Breeding Goals.
Bob Steed, Rhys and Helen Dackers
Phone Bob: 09 4332616
Phone Rhys & Helen: 09 4332461
Adrian and Jenny Savannah
Phone: 09 4276393
Lloyd and Rebecca Alexander
Mt DAMPER FARM
Phone: 06 7625834