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The Association promotes and encourages the breeding and improvement of pure Merino and Poll Merino sheep, while endeavoring to foster and encourage the involvement of youth into the industry.

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 Adelaide Ram Sale Diary Date 7th September

On-property Ram Sales Calendar 2018

The 2018 SA Stud Merino Sheepbreeders' on-property sales have started. To find list of dates and locations please click the following link: SA On-Property Sales Calendar

2018  Adelaide Merino & Poll Merino Ram Sale 

Exhibitors please note that entries for 2018 have now closed.  Vendors are to note the Royal Agricultual & Horticultural Society of SA's requirements regarding biosecurity prior to entry.

RA&HS Show entry requirements ( if not competing at the Show): RA & HS Sale entry Requirements

R A & HS biosecurity requirements : R A & H S Sheep Information


2018 Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination Survey

 Please assist the improvement of Laparoscopic AI protocols by completing this short survey : National Laparoscopic AI Survey 2018


2018 SA Stud Merino Annual Directory 

Released in the Stock Journal on Thursday 1st March, the web version of the Annual Directory is also available here:
>> Download 2018 SA Stud Merino Annual Directory

2019 SA Stud Merino Expo Dates

The Elders SA Stud Merino Expo will be held on Monday the 18th and Tuesday the 19th of March 2019.
Spend a few days in the Mid-North region of South Australia getting your hands on some fabulous Merinos . With on-property displays on Monday 18th  March followed up by a centralised display of stud Merino breeders on the Burra Oval on Tuesday 19th, you are sure to find a line up of impressive sheep. Make a diary date now.
Enquiries about the event, or to organise a display site on the Oval please contact Merino SA on 08 ) 8212 4157.

Results from the 2018 SA Elders Stud Merino Expo

Congratulations to all exhibitors in the three competitions held at the 2018 SA Elders Stud Merino Expo at Burra on 20th March 2018. It was a tremendous line up of quality - large framed sheep, plenty of bright wool, and some close consideration by judges Mr Will Secker, Keith SA and Mr Steven Bolt, Corrigin WA. We sincerley thank these two judges for their time and effort in attending the Expo.

The results were :

WSB Distributors and Yamaha Australia's 2018 All Purpose Pen of Two Ram Lambs Championship:

  • Ram fo the year line up1st Place: North Ashrose 
  • 2nd Place : Roemahkita
  • 3rd Place : Greenfields

Elders 2018 SA Merino Pairs Competition:

  • 1st Place: Greenfields 
  • 2nd Place : North Ashrose
  • 3rd Place : Mulloorie

Gum Hill On Property at Burra Sheep Expo 2018Elders 2018 SA Field Day Ram of the Year Competition:

  • 1st Place: Mulloorie (Poll Merino )
  • 2nd Place: Old Ashrose
  • 3rd Place : Mullorie (Merino)
Without the generous support of our sponsors : Elders, Universal Feeders, WSB & Yamaha Motors Australia, Bayer Animal Health, and Australian Wool Innovation these events would not be so attractive. We thank them sincerely, and encourage you to connect with these organisations.

2018 SA Stud Merino and Poll Merino Ram Sale

Make a diary date today for Friday 7th September . Adelaide Ram Sale. Sheep Pavilion Royal Adelaide Showground. Auction commences at 11.00am. This is the time to make substantial improvements to your flock, with some of the best Merino and Poll Merino rams on offer. The returns are there for astute buyers, who know the profitability of the dual purpose Merino. 

A full catalogue will be available on August 21.

>> View Adelaide Ram Sale Flyer (PDF)

The 2017 sale results are downloadable: 

>> Download results (xlsx) 

Merino SA Fellowships - World Merino Conference Uruguay

The inaugural winners of the Merino SA Fellowships have returned from the World Merino Conference in Uruguay. Both Angus Ashby of North Ashrose, and John Dalla from Orrie Cowie stud extended their conference package to include the post-conference tour of Argentina. We look forward to hearing more about their experiences in the months ahead.


                      John Dalla and Angus Ashby taking in views of the Andes, and sheep at "Leleque', Patagonia  


SA Merino Sire Evaluation Trial

Sixteen merino sires from South Australia and interstate will have their male progeny compared for type, structure, wool production and carcass traits in the  SA Merino Sire Evaluation Trials. All progeny are managed under the same conditions on the host site , Keyneton Station, Keyneton SA. It is hoped the results of these trials will contribute to genetic improvements for the merino industry. 

See the latest Newsletter about the Sire Evaluation program here :

SA Sire Evaluation Trial Newsletter December 2017


A very successful SA Merino Sire Evaluation Field Day was be held on Friday 22nd June at the host site , Keyneton Station. Approx 150 people from all over the state, and some interstate, attended to see the progeny of some top SA sires, side by side. Producers were provided a booklet , detailing the objectives and measurements of the trial.

Details : Sire Evaluation Field Day booklet 2018


'Breed More Merino Ewes' Campaign

The Association is urging all South Australian farmers to consider the profitability of the self-replicating Merino flock when reviewing their business model. Both wool and sheepmeat have performed extremely well against most other agricultural endeavours in recent years, and signals from key international markets is for ongoing strong demand for Australian wool.
The Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders has compiled numerous real case studies to demonstrate the breed's profitability as a component of their 'Breed More Merino Ewes' campaign.

2017 Fibre Meat Plus - Results

Congratulations to all exhibitors who participated in the 2017 Royal Adelaide Show's Fibre Meat Plus competition - an event that assesses the 'dual purpose' nature of the Australian Merino by assessing both wool and sheepmeat characteristics. 

>> Download the 2017 Results (.pdf format)