Lanaco has developed a premium sheep breed, the Astino™, for its flagship premium filter products. A specially designed breeding program was established to create wool fibres that are high quality, and with high consistency to deliver superb filtration performance. This also enables an end-to-end solution from farm-to-market to manage the origin and supply chain of the wool products.
"For filtration, we are creating a breeding objective using the Astino™ sheep to deliver what the market needs that will have spin-offs in all parts of the industry." says Nick Davenport (Lanaco CEO & Founder).
Lanaco created and owns the IP and genetics of the Astino™ breed, which offers extra protection and safe-guard against copycats and sub-standard filter products, making Lanaco’s Filters truly unique and trusted on its scientific performance.
Andy Ramsden, an award winning New Zealand farmer and founder of the Headwaters breeding group (and developer of the Highlander breed), is also the key sheep breeder and innovator behind the Astino™ sheep breed.
The breeding objectives of Astino™ include a wool with unique filtration benefits, a target lambing rate of two per season and market-leading meat characteristics as well as breeding ewe longevity. Astino™ sheep are also good mothers, good milkers and have good fleece.
“The future for farmers is up the value chain. Better returns are a result of aligning breeding and business decisions with the end-product in mind. That means transitioning to a premium, trademarked breed and partnering with a manufacturer that can build a value proposition around the raw material and take the final product direct to high-end consumers the world over. Farmers are critical to the industry and produce arguably the world’s finest meat and fibre.” says Andy Ramsden