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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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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 Sheepbreeders' On-property Ram Sale Calendar can be found here:

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 Adelaide Ram Sale Catalogue: Adelaide Ram Sale Catalogue

2020 Adelaide Ram Sale

Save the date: Friday, 11th September 2020  11.00am
Stud Sheep Pavilion, Showgrounds, Wayville

2019 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:
  • 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 Expo - Monday, 6th July 2020 at Wudinna Showgrounds
  • Yorke Peninsula on-property displays - TBC
  •  South East Stud Merino Field Day - Wednesday 22nd July 2020 at Keith Stadium
  • Karoonda & Districts Stud Merino Field Day - Friday 31st July 2020 at Murray Bridge Showgrounds


 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. It is hoped the results of these trials will contribute to genetic improvements for the Merino industry.  All progeny are managed under the same conditions on the host site, currently at the McMahon family's  'McPiggery', Lameroo SA. 

Results of the 2018 Sire Evaluation Trial (Keyneton): 2018 Drop - Final Assessment

Results of the 2017 Sire Evaluation Trial (Keyneton) : 2017 Drop -Final Assessment

 See the latest Newsletter about the Sire Evaluation program here :

SA Merino Sire Evaluation Trial Newsletter November 2019

SA Merino Sire Evaluation Trial Newsletter May 2019

SA Merino Sire Evaluation Trial Newsletter August 2018

SA Sire Evaluation Trial Newsletter December 2017


SA Sire Evaluation Field Day 2019

The 2019 SA Merino Sire Evaluation Field Day was held on Tuesday 4th June at Keyneton Station, Keyneton. 15 pens of the progeny from the 2018 sires were  presented for inspection, with presentations from the site host, Joe Keynes, AMSEA 's Ben Swain and other guest speakers. An excellent crowd of approx 150 attended.






Results from the 2019 SA Elders Stud Merino Expo

Congratulations to all exhibitors in the three competitions held at the 2019 SA Elders Stud Merino Expo at Burra on 19th March 2019. It was a tremendous line up of quality - large framed sheep, plenty of bright wool, and some close consideration by judges Mr Grantly Mullan of 'Eastville Park' , Wickepin WA and Mr Peter Button of 'Ramsay Park', Minlaton SA . We sincerley thank these two judges for their time and effort in attending the Expo.

The results were :

Victor Motorcycles Suzuki All Purpose Pen of Two Ram Lambs Championship:

  • SA Merino Pairs 20191st Place: Ashrose 
  • 2nd Place : Greenfields Poll
  • 3rd Place : Bunyara

Elders 2019 SA Merino Pairs Competition:

  • 1st Place: Greenfields 
  • 2nd Place : East Bungaree
  • 3rd Place : Mulloorie

Burra Expo 2019Elders 2019 SA Field Day Ram of the Year Competition:

  • 1st Place: North Ashrose Merino 
  • 2nd Place: Greenfields Merino
  • 3rd Place : Mulloorie Poll Merino
Without the generous support of our major sponsor Elders, and other supporters Universal Feeders, Victor Motorcycles Suzuki, Wilson Pellets, Zoetis, and Australian Wool Innovation, these events would not be so enjoyable. We thank them sincerely, and encourage you to connect with these organisations.


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  

'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.