Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Roger Lewer


Sheep, Animal breeding, Selection criteria, Western Australia

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When commercial wool growers select Merino rams they often use the following pattern: the buyers first consider the main strains of Merinos in Western Australia - Bungaree, Collinsville and Peppin. They then study the 550 studs and numerous non-stud ram breeders in this State. Having chosen a breeder, they examine the rams on offer and buy their annual requirements from among these. Until recently, no objective information has been available on the differences between studs and strains in Western Australia's agricultural areas. However, as part of a major study at the Department of Agriculture's Great Southern Agricultural Research Institute, these differences were measured for the Bungaree, Collinsville and Peppin strains, and for four studs within each strain.