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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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Poll Merino Photo Competition  

 

Time to take some great images which highlight the Poll Merinos of South Australia! The Poll Merino Photo Competition is now open, with entries accepted until 1st November 2020. Images are sought which may be suitable as the cover of the SA Stud Merino Annual Directory, or be included in the promotion of the Feature Breed Poll Merino at the 2021 Royal Adelaide Show. One prize of $1000 is up for grabs - see competition details here: Poll Merino Photo Competition details and entry form

 

 

2020 SA Stud Merino Annual Directory

The 2020 South Australian Stud Merino Annual Directory is now available - Stock Journal issue 20th Feb . It has a range of information, from Field Days, Champions of 2019, to the Member Directory List and On-property Sales Calendar. 
View the online version here:
2020 SA Stud Merino Annual Directory
 
 

On-property Ram Sales Calendar 2020

The 2020 SA Stud Merino On-Property Ram Sale Calendar can be found here:
It is recommended all people interested in attending an on-property sale check the latest details with the stock agent or the stud owner.
A copy of the SA Merino Ram Sales Calendar will be available in the Stock Journal issue of  Thursday 25 June, 2020.
 

2020 Adelaide Ram Sale

The Adelaide Ram Sale was held in the Stud Sheep Pavilion at the Royal Adelaide Showground on Friday 11th September

It was a fantastic sale and though we missed some regular interstate vendors and participants, the sale average of $11,940 illustrated the depth and quality present on the day.

Full sale results available here: 2020 Adelaide Ram Sale results and averages

 

2019 Adelaide Ram Sale
There was a great atmosphere at  the 2019 Adelaide Ram Sale, with 122 registered bidders and a large crowd coming to see some of the best Merinos and Poll Merinos presented in 2019. The opening lot from the Collinsville Stud did not disappoint, achieving the highest price paid for a Merino ram in decades at $72,500. Collinsville's Lot 2 showcased their top Poll Merino ram - another beauty- which went on to eclipse last year's record with a final bid of $62,000.  This record was shortlived however, with strong competition for a Poll Merino Ram from the PA & ML Wallis stud ' Glenlea Park' taking the honours at $100,000.
 
Overall the sale averaged an impressive $12,045 with 66 rams selling during the auction from a final offering of 73.
Thanks to Auctions Plus for covering the sale, and agents Landmark and Elders for their participation and support.
 
For details of the 2019 Adelaide Ram Sale results  click on this link: 2019 Adelaide Ram Sale results 
 
 
 

2019 RAS Fibre Meat Plus results

The highly competitive class of Fibre Meat Plus exhibited 42 entries at this year's Royal Adelaide Show. As the title suggests, entries are judged on qualities of both fleece and carcase, using both objective and subjective measurements to determine the best dual purpose ram as seen on the day.
Peter Meyer provided the overall winner from his Mulloorie Merino stud, scoring 82.03 /100 points, narrowly followed by IJ & FL Koch (Bunyara) in 2nd, and Kamora Park in 3rd. Only 1.26 points separated 1st and 3rd. Kamora Park went on to receive the Landmark Prize for the highest average score for three Poll Merino sheep.
See final results here: 2019 RAS Fibre Meat Plus results
 

  2020 SA Merino Field Days

Dates have been confirmed for the following SA Merino Field Days, please refer to 'Event' section for details:
  • Elders SA Stud Merino Expo 2020 - Monday 16th March (on-property displays)  and Tuesday 17th March at Burra Oval (centralised display). 
  • Eyre Peninsula Pre Sale on-property displays. Monday 13th July - Northern EP. Tuesday 14th July - Southern EP - See map here: Eyre Peninsula 2020 display locations
  • Yorke Peninsula on-property displays - TBC
  •  South East Stud Merino Field Day - Wednesday 22nd July 2020 at Keith Stadium and 2 on-property displays
  • Karoonda & Districts Stud Merino Field Day - Friday 31st July 2020 at Murray Bridge Showgrounds
  • Mid North Inspection Day - Monday 31st August, Various locations (see events) 10.00am - 4.00 pm

 

 SA Merino Sire Evaluation Trial


Merino SA is pleased to support the SA Merino Sire Evaluation Trial. Please refer to the separate Sire Evaluation page on this site for details.
All enquiries regarding the program and host site opportunites should be directed to SA Site Co-ordinator Anna Cameron: acameron@yalumba.com or 0403 747 332.
 
  

Results from the 2020 SA Elders Stud Merino Expo

A strong lineup of SA Merino and Poll Merinos were presented for juding and display at the 2020 SA Elders Stud Merino Expo at Burra Oval on March 16. Under clear and sunny skies the Expo attracted keen sheepbreeders from across Australia. Wool judge Steve Phillips came from the Yarrawonga Merino stud in Harden NSW , liaising with meat judge Troy Fischer of 'Ashmore' White Suffolk stud, Wasleys SA . We sincerley thank these two judges for their time and effort in attending the SA Stud Merino Expo.

The results were :

Bayer All Purpose Pair of Ram Lambs Championship:

  • All Purpose Pair of Ram Lambs winner 20201st Place: Roemahkita Poll Merinos
  • 2nd Place : North Ashrose Merinos
  • 3rd Place : North Ashrose Poll Merinos

Elders 2020 SA Merino Pairs Competition:

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

Elders 2020 SA Field Day Ram of the Year Competition:

Burra Expo 2019

  • 1st Place: Mulloorie Poll Merinos
  • 2nd Place: Greenfields Merinos
  • 3rd Place : Mulloorie Poll Merinos
Without the generous support of our major sponsor Elders, and other supporters Universal Feeders, Bayer, Zoetis, and Australian Wool Innovation, these events would not be possible. We thank them sincerely, and encourage you to connect with these organisations.

 

Breed More Merino Ewes

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.
 
Case Study snapshot March 2020
>> additional Case Studies