CRLRC SAMMX Breeding Program
The Corona Range and Livestock Research Center (CRLC) began investigating the possibility of crossbreeding the SAMM (South African Meat Marino) with our traditional Western Whiteface flock on the ranch in 2006. During the winters of 2007 and 2008, a select few ewes were Alfed to Prime SAMM semen originating in Australia.
In 2009, an additional select few ewes were mated to half-SAMM bucks from prior All. Late Fall of 2009, two full SAMM rams were purchased from Kitzan's in South Dakota to diversify CRLRC SAMM genetics, CRLRC SAMM crosses are entirely range born and reared. Due to serve drought across the southwest only a small group of SAMM cross lambs have been performance tested to date.
Twenty-two 1/4 SAMM and Ten commercial Rambouillet rams were retained during our 2013 weaning held on range through January, then developed on a 84 day dry-lot performance test, then native pasture from April until now. These rams are available now for purchase at the ranch now through fall.