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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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2019 SA Stud Merino Annual Directory

Take a look at the 2019 South Australian Stud Merino Annual Directory. It has a range of information from Field Days, Champions of 2018 to the Member Directory List and On-property Sales Calendar. 
View the online version here:
2019 SA Stud Merino Annual Directory

2019 SA Merino Field Days

Merino SA is pleased to announce the dates of the SA Stud Merino Field days for 2019.

1. Burra  - The Elders SA Stud Merino Expo was held on Monday, March 18 and Tuesday March 19, 2019 .

What a fabulous couple of days. Great weather, a good number of visitors and participants, interesting trade displays, thanks to all who helped make the Burra Expo such a success. Information about the 2019 competiton winners can be found below. 


2. Wudinna  - Eyre Peninsula Pre-Sale Expo   from 10am, Monday July 8, 2019 at the Wudinna Showground Sheep Pavilion.


3. Keith - South East Merino Field Day  from 10am, Wednesday, July  24, 2019 at the Keith Stadium, Keith with two on-property displays


4. Murray Bridge - Karoonda and Districts Stud Merino Field Day  from 10am Friday , July 26 2019 at the Murray Bridge Showgrounds


On-property Ram Sales Calendar 2019

The 2019 SA Stud Merino Sheepbreeders' On-property Ram Sale Calendar can be found here:2019 SA Stud Merino  on-Property Ram Sale Calendar



 Collinsville Lot 7, $46,000 

2019 Adelaide Ram Sale

The date for the 2019 Adelaide Ram Sale is Friday, 6th September 2019. The auction will commence at 11.00am at the Stud Sheep Pavilion, Royal Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville SA. Ram Sale catalogues will be available from 20th August, 2019 and enquires may be directed to Merino SA email or ph 08 8212 4157.

2018 Adelaide Ram Sale

It was an unusual beginning to the 2018 Adelaide Ram Sale, with proceedings delayed after the Stud Pavilion was required to be evacuated. Once the fire alarm had ceased, the large crowd returned to watch the auction of 84 stud Merino and Poll Merinos. Agents Elders and Landmark conducted the sale, with the highest price achieved for Lot 7 - a Collinsville ram - making $46,000.

For the first time the sale was able to be viewed live on the Auctions Plus website.

Full list of sale results here : Adelaide Ram Sale 2018 - Results & Averages

The 2018 Catalogue is available here:  Adelaide Ram Sale Catalogue 2018


2018 Fibre Meat Plus - Results

Congratulations to all exhibitors who participated in the 2018 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.  45 exhibitors vied for the coveted title, with Mernowie Poll Merino Stud narrowly claiming this years honour, with Flairdale a close second.
The Landmark Prize for the Stud with the highest average score (three sheep) was originally awarded to Old Ashrose, however a recount reflected the true winner as Mernowie - providing the stud with both major awards in the 2018 Fibre Meat Class. 

Results  : Fibre Meat Competition results 2018


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 , currently at Keyneton Station, Keyneton SA, with the 2019 host site at 'McPiggery', Lameroo .

It is hoped the results of these trials will contribute to genetic improvements for the Merino industry. 

Results of the 2017 Sire Evaluation Trial have been released by AMSEA. Details here : 2017 Drop -Final Assessment


See the latest Newsletter about the Sire Evaluation program here :

SA Merino Sire Evaluation Trial Newsletter May 2019

SA Merino Sire Evaluation Trial Newsletter August 2018

SA Sire Evaluation Trial Newsletter December 2017


The 2019 SA Merino Sire Evaluation Field Day will be held on Tuesday 4th June at Keyneton Station, Keyneton. Time : 11.00 - 3.00pm. Progeny from the 2018 Sires will be presented for inspection, with presentations from the site host and other guest speakers. Trade displays and refreshments available.

View the flyer here: 2019 Field Day Flyer - SA Sire Evaluation Trial


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



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.