Australian Suffolk Association

Formed in 1990, we actively contribute to improve Suffolk sheep breeding, purity safeguarding, publicity. Working with breeders from around the world for the betterment of the Suffolk sheep Breed.

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The Australian Suffolk Association

The Australian Suffolk Association (ASA) was formed 1990 when Suffolk sheep breeders in Western Australia left the Australian Society of Breeders of British Sheep (ASBBS). The reason for forming the ASA was that breeders wanted an association that solely promoted the benefits of the Suffolk breed of sheep. The first flock book of the ASA was printed in 1991 with 54 members. The Association has since grown to over 70 members in four states of Australia with increasing interest from Suffolk breeders outside of Western Australia.

The main objectives of the ASA are:

To encourage the breeding and improvement of the Australian Suffolk sheep. To Publicize the merits of the breed. The safeguarding of the purity of the breed. To work with other Suffolk sheep breeders from around the globe for the betterment of the Suffolk breed. The Australian Suffolk Association is managed by a president, a committee, and volunteers. The office bearers contact details can be found on the Contacts page

Australian Suffolk Association

 

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The Suffolk Story

The Suffolk Breed was first developed in England in the early
nineteenth century, by crossing Southdown rams with Norfolk Horned ewes. Both breeds used to develop the Suffolk were noted for their quality meat – the Southdown for its compactness and confirmations, and the Norfolk Horn for its sweet flavour. In the Suffolk, the two superb qualities were combined.

In 1859 the breed was fixed to type, given the name Suffolk and firmly established in many parts of England. The first flock of Suffolk sheep known to be imported into Australia from England was in 1904, by Mr F.E. Thorneman of Yarra Junction, Victoria. No. 1 registration was
held by “Victoria Stud” of the Department of Agriculture Research Farm at Werribee Victoria – established in 1914.

Description of an Australian Suffolk Sheep

Object of the breed:

To provide a suitable sire for crossing with other breeds
to produce the ideal prime lamb.

Ram

The ideal Suffolk ram should be well balanced and proportioned. He will be free moving and of alert appearance with masculine outlook.

Ewe

The ideal ewe will be similar, but with due regard to feminine characteristics and indicating good maternal qualities.

Undesirables

Head………..evidence of horns.
Legs…………hocks too closely set.
Skin………….not inclined to blue or spotted.
Fleece………black fibre or coloured wool throughout the fleece, black spots anywhere.

Head

Hornless and black. Masculine for rams and feminine for ewes. Strong lower jaw with teeth meeting the bottom front pad. Eyes bright and full.

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ABOUT US

The Australian Suffolk Association

The Australian Suffolk Association (ASA) was formed 1990 when Suffolk sheep breeders in Western Australia left the Australian Society of Breeders of British Sheep (ASBBS). The reason for forming the ASA was that breeders wanted an association that solely promoted the benefits of the Suffolk breed of sheep.

The first flock book of the ASA was printed in 1991 with 54 members. The Association has since grown to over 70 members in four states of Australia with increasing interest from Suffolk breeders outside of Western Australia.

The main objectives of the ASA are:

To encourage the breeding and improvement of the Australian Suffolk sheep.

To Publicize the merits of the breed.

The safeguarding of the purity of the breed.

To work with other Suffolk sheep breeders from around the globe for the betterment of the Suffolk breed.

The Australian Suffolk Association is managed by a president, a committee, and volunteers.

The office bearers contact details can be found on the Contacts page