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Breeds of Livestock - South African Merino Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - South African Merino Sheep

South African Merino


    The Merino makes up numerically the largest sheep breed in South Africa with approximately 18 million country wide. Development of the breed started approximately 200 years ago and has been accelerated by the introduction of genetics from Australia. The South African Merino is plainer than the Australian Merino and fold development is moderate to suit South African conditions. Under extensive conditions ewes have a wool clip of 6-8kg (~13-18 lbs) and rams 9-12 kg (~20-26 lbs). These masses are considerably higher under ideal conditions. Average wool fibre diameter is 21.7 microns.


      Select Genes Ltd., PO Box 494, Irene 1675, Republic of South Africa. Phone: -27-12-6671129 Fax: -27-12-6671827


      Select Genes Ltd., Irene 1675, Republic of South Africa.

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Updated October 28, 1996


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