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Breeds of Livestock - Medium-Wool Merino Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Medium-Wool Merino Sheep

Medium-Wool Merino

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    This is the main representative of the Merino breed in Australia and is found in extremely high number throughout NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

    Medium-wool Merinos are primarily grown for wool production, although improved carcass quality gives this breed a dual purpose. Their wool is almost totally absorbed by the textile trade, in particular high quality apparel wool.

    The strain is large framed and relatively plain bodied, producing a heavy fleece which is soft handling and of good color with a fiber diameter of 20-22 microns. Staple length is approximately 90mm.

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    Reference:

      Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation, 1989, 3rd Edition
    Photographs:
      Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation, 1989, 3rd Edition

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