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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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Fellowship Opportunity 
World Merino Conference Uruguay

Do you know a young and enthusiastic person involved in the production of merinos in South Australia? Merino SA is delighted to be offering a Fellowship for an 18-30 year old to attend the World Merino Conference in Uruguay in April 2018. With a package value of $5000, this is a great opportunity to enhance their career in the industry. Applications close 30th November 2017 so don’t delay. Click on the links for details on the Fellowship and World Merino Conference Itinerary.

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>> View Itinerary


Photographic Request

Merino SA is seeking a great photograph of a young merino lamb to use on their wine label, and/ or Annual Directory cover 2018. 

The image needs to be in high resolution (minimum 300dpi).

Photos need to be submitted by 30th November 2017 to

Two bottles of our branded wine will be offered to the chosen photographer.


2018 SA Stud Merino Expo Dates


The Association is delighted to announce that the SA Stud Merino Expo will be held on Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th of March 2018.
The format successfully used in recent years will be retained, with On-Property Displays on the Monday, the AWI-sponsored Growers' Barbeque on the Monday evening from 7.00pm at the Burra Oval, and the Centralised Display and competitions held on the Burra Oval on the Tuesday. 


2017 SA Elders Stud Merino Expo: 20th and 21st March

Congratulations to all exhibitors in the three competitions held at the 2017 SA Elders Stud Merino Expo at Burra and in the mid-north.

WSB Distributors and Yamaha Australia's 2017 All Purpose Pen of Two Ram Lambs Championship:

  • 1st Place: Bunyara Poll Merino Stud
  • 2nd Place: Roemahkita Poll Merino Stud
  • 3rd Place: Mernowie Poll Merino Stud

Elders 2017 SA Merino Pairs Competition:

  • 1st Place: Orrie Cowie Poll Merino Stud
  • 2nd Place: Mulloorie Merino Stud
  • 3rd Place: Greenfields Merino Stud

Elders 2017 SA Field Day Ram of the Year Competition:

  • 1st Place: East Bungaree Poll Merino Stud
  • 2nd Place: Mulloorie Poll Merino Stud
  • 3rd Place: Orrie Cowie Merino Stud


'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 SA Stud Merino and Poll Merino Ram Sale

What a fantastic sale of quality rams at this year's Royal Adelaide Show. The Association would like to congratulate the vendors and purchasers involved with the 2017 SA Stud Merino and Poll Merino Ram Sale, which was held in conjunction with agents; Elders and Landmark. The sale results are downloadable: 

>> Download results (xlsx) 



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)


2017 Schools' Merino Wethers Competition - Results

Congratulations to all the schools who participated in the 2017 Royal Adelaide Show's Schools' Merino Wethers Competition. The Association is delighted to oversee this event, and are pleased that the high school students who are involved get so much from the activity.

Royal Adelaide Show Schools' Merino Wethers Competition Handbook

The Association in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA is pleased to offer a new handbook to assist schools participating, or planning to participate in the Royal Adelaide Show's Schools Merino Wethers Competition. This event has grown each year since its inception in 2011, and has become a model for similar events conducted across the country.

>>> South Australian Schools' Merino Wethers Competition Handbook (1.5MB, pdf)

Australian Wool Innovation's media team captured the running of the Schools' Competition. To see what the organisers and participants had to say, hop over to YouTube (external link):
  >>> YouTube video of Merino Wethers Schools' Competition - Royal Adelaide Show