For all the attention a stud male might receive, his contribution is only part of the equation when it comes to the success of his progeny. The genetic impact of a strong female, combined with her contributions in supporting her cria's optimal development in utero and after birth are just as important. For a female to be considered for breeding within my program, she must display not only strong conformation traits with robust health; but also a sound, easy-to-work-with temperament emphasizing mothering traits. Longevity of fibre quality is of great importance, and females do not begin their breeding careers until a minimum of 3-4 years of age, when they are fully mature and their fleeces can be confirmed as retaining the qualities I would prefer for my own program.
As much as I would like, I am not able to retain every female I produce. Additionally, some females simply do not meet the personal criteria I am looking for in my program, or may have retired from breeding and are remaining with me for the rest of their days as companions and aunts or fibre production. While those girls who may not meet my personal criteria may be retained for other purposes, they may be released to other farm programs where her strengths may be better suited to meet their own breeding goals.