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Breeds of Livestock - Strong Wool Merino Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Strong Wool Merino Sheep

Strong Wool Merino

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    This strain is most proinent in western NSW, South Australia and Western Australia. In fact, in South Australia the strong-wool south Australian strain of Merino comprise more than 85 percent of the state's sheep number. The strong-wool Merino has adapted itself particularly well to the hot, dry, semi-arid areas of Australia.

    the strain is very large-framed, plain-bodied and open-faced, making it a particularly "easy care" sheep for semi-arid areas. It produces a heavy seven to eight kilogram fleece (15.5-18 pounds) of approximately 100mm staple legth, with a fiber diameter of 23-25 microns.

    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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