The SRS Merino studs

Jim Watts


ARCADIA  Merinos

Yass, Southern Tablelands, NSW.

Ashley and Kate Penfold  0447 472 102

Ram sale: by private treaty

Arcadia Merinos are wonderful looking sheep with remarkable production traits such as 143% lambing.

Ashley and Kate have the right approach, quote: "We aspire to breed Merino sheep that can, and do, perform well under natural environmental conditions.  Conditions that are easily replicated by our commercial producers".

Arcadia Merinos are run in the paddock and subject to everyday environmental conditions.  That means Arcadia Merinos are not fed high protein diets and are not housed.  The sheep are challenged to thrive based on their own merits - not continually subject to husbandry practices that serve only to mask their inherent weaknesses.  Those that flourish in these conditions are incorporated into our breeding program.  Those that don't are culled.

We do not mules our Merino sheep.  We do not need to.  Over the years, we have selected sheep that have bare breeches.  We believe this is the only ethical alternative to mulesing.  The wellbeing of our animals remains a priority for us".

The photos of the one-year-old rams in four months wool growth show the plain bodies which have no skin wrinkling to trap the rain in the fleece. The fleece dries quickly as the wool fibres are highly aligned. Fleece rot does not develop and body strike does not occur.

Similarly, the photo of the plain breech, again free of skin wrinkling, means that the sheep are naturally resistant to breech strike. Mulesing is not required. The bare breech area provides additional protection and reduces the risk of the sheep becoming soiled by urine and faeces.


ALOEBURN Poll Merinos

Boree Creek, Riverina, NSW.

Andrew and Jodie Green 0448 132 035

Ram sale: by private treaty

Aloeburn produces SRS wool on big framed sheep with carcase traits that suit the lamb market.

The 9 months old Merino wethers, weighing 51.5 kgs and dressing out at 26 kgs, sold recently for $130 per head and produced $20 fleeces at 6 months of age.

The goal is to reach a weaning percentage of 160 to 180% and in order to allow good space to run the breeding ewes, to lot feed the wether lambs for early markets.

BADERLOO Poll Merinos

Spalding, mid-north, South Australia.

Daniel, Mel, and Anne Hammat 0439 347 362

Ram sale: by private treaty

An enormous emphasis has been placed on breeding values for early body growth and eye muscle to increase carcase profitability.  Baderloo is a trait leader for body weight, fat cover, eye muscle depth, fleece weight, and staple length.

Lambing percentages are 130%.  The sheep are shorn every 6 months at 65 to 85mm long.

Baderloo sheep produce waterproof wools that grow quickly. The young plain bodiedrams in the photos below have been exposed to 433 millimetres of rainfall since shearing in April 2016, with over 90 millimetres recently over 2 days. The wools consist of highly aligned fibres grown on wrinkle free skins. This allows the sheep to dry quickly and withstand extended periods of rain without developing fleece rot or body strike; the wools staying snow white and soft. The sheep are not mulesed.

Evandale, Tas.

Shelley and Chris Saunders Cocker 03 6391 8838

Ram sale: by private treaty

Barega is a superfine wool Merino stud formed by acquiring the stud ewes and sires of two exceptional SRS superfine studs, Gienna (New England NSW) and Blythvale (Streatham, Victoria).

Barega stud is becoming an important resource of SRS genetics for superfine wool Merino flocks.  Both sires and dams have exceptional levels of fibre density and length.

Blyth Merinos

Adelong, South Western Slopes, NSW.

Ron and Cheryl Blyth 0418 693 302

On property ram sale

This fine wool flock consists of 1100 stud ewes and 3000 commercial ewes.  The adult ewes produce, on average, 7kgs of 18.5 micron and wean 130% lambs each year.

The sheep have been bred to be plain bodied with snow white wools and able to resist fleece rot and fly strike.

The sheep are able to endure tough times and bounce back quickly, having been bred for high muscle and fat.  The breeding values of the young rams average +1.4mm  for eye muscle depth and +1.0mm for fat cover.

Boxleigh Park

Wellington, Central Western Slopes, NSW.

Hugh and Mardi Taylor 0488 445 495

Ram sale: by private treaty

The Merino ewes at Boxleigh Park are carrying 175% lambs this year.  The rams are plain bodied, open faced, and mainly derive from the great Keri Keri Merino stud.  Muscle content is exceptional.The 5 months old unshorn Merino lambs have long, straggly fleeces.  The very long fleeces become dishevelled by rubbing against other sheep and objects.  Underneath the fleece surface, the wools are highly aligned, deeply crimped, soft and white and already 90mm long.


Mukinbudin, Central Wheatbelt, WA.

Athol and Sandie Ventris  0428 487 090

On property ram sale

These are amazing sheep for frame and carcase.  Visual selection for the correct body and fleece traits is uncompromising.  Body structure needs to be perfect.  The wool must be silky soft with bold and deep crimp.

It has been great to see how quickly and how well the Calcaling sheep have responded to these visual markers.

Whilst Athol and Sandie have chosen to keep their ram breeding program simple in its construction, one cannot deny how successful they have been in breeding high-performance rams.

DT Kenilworth

Campbell Town, TAS.

Dave and Jo, David and Tina Taylor 0407 517 252

Ram sale: by private treaty

An emerging source of medium wool SRS genetics for Tasmania.  The stud has sires with very high levels of fibre density and length.  The wools are sensational for quality.

High breeding values for early body growth, muscle and fat are important selection aids.

The bold crimping nature of the wools belies its fineness, and confirms its excellent length.

East Loddon Poll Merinos

'Warwillah', Riverina, Hay, NSW.

Bill and Dianne Hooke, Marcus Hooke 0437 172 754


Tom Hooke 0409 399 191

Ram sale: by private treaty

Fleece averages for the 6500 ewes over the last three shearings are: fleece weight, 7.3kgs; fibre diameter, 19.4 microns; length 131mm; yield, 72.9%.

East Loddon produces long, deep, and plain bodied sheep with open faces.  The sheep are always selected to handle tough conditions.

When the Hooke family first started measuring muscle and fat, an obvious relationship emerged that the more robust animals had greater muscle and fat depths.  That relationship has also been proven by a number of industry researches.  With all sheep now measured for those traits and analysed through MERINOSELECT we are able to select for those traits more accurately and produce a more robust animal that will thrive in the tough conditions.

Glenwood Merinos

Wellington, Central Western Slopes, NSW.

Norm and Pip Smith 02 6845 3665

On property ram sale

This large flock of 10,000 sheep is shorn every 6 to 8 months at combing length.  The owners do not show feed, and sell the rams straight out of the paddock.

Mulesing stopped in 2005.  The Smith family strongly believes that a genetic solution using SRS genetics is the only long term solution to meet consumer demands for products that are natural, ethical, and sustainable.

As fifth generation woolgrowers, the Smith family is very passionate about the Australian industry and sees huge potential for our fibre into the future.  The Smiths are completely committed to the promotion of SRS Merino right across the supply chain for its superior processing qualities and sought after credentials.


Merriwa, Central Eastern Slopes, NSW.

James and Meredith Munro 0439 483 050

Ram sale: by private treaty

Gundabri Poll Merino Stud is an important high rainfall source of fine wool SRS genetics.  The sheep are exposed to 875 mm per year and often run in long pasture suitable for open cattle grazing.

The wools are permanently white, and the sheep are remarkable for carcase traits. The stud ewe flock is highly selected to compliment the high fleece weight sires now being used.

We expect to be able to supply good numbers of the productive, plain bodied Poll Merino rams that are naturally resistant to all forms of fly strike and do not need to be mulesed or jetted.  It is an untapped source of special genetics.

Karbullah Poll Merinos

Goondiwindi, QLD.

Mark, Vicki, and Luke Murphy  0427 761 739

On property ram sale

The stud flock consists of 1100 ewes.  The adult sheep average 19 to 19.5 microns for fibre diameter.  Mulesing ceased in 2004.  Many of the sheep now have bare breeches and udders.  Drenching for worms ceased in 1992.

The sheep are highly fertile with very low lamb losses.  In the last two drought years, lamb losses between pregnancy scanning at day 80 of gestation to weaning at 5 months of age has averaged 14%, with the best ram at less than 4% lamb loss.  The dams and their lambs have very calm temperaments.  This high level of lamb survival compares to best practice in shedded conditions in the European union.


Keith, South Eastern South Australia.

Stephen and Peta Kellock 0427 438 138

On property ram sale

Kelvale sheep are renowned as some of the largest framed sheep in South Australia, consistently achieving over 100% lambing from stud and commercial ewes.

Breeding quality wools was a key objective when it was decided to introduce SRS breeding methods.  Now we are breeding supersoft, bright, high yielding and deep crimping wools.

Our objective is to shear twice annually cutting 5kg of wool with an average staple length of 80mm each shearing.  We are targetting 19 microns for fibre diameter and a wool yield above 70%.

Keri Keri

Moulamein, Riverina, NSW.

Andrew Dowling and Tarsh Rodda 03 5034 0591

Ram sale by private treaty

The Keri Keri Merino sheep are climate change Merinos.  Always have been.  The Dowling family has been doing this for 80 years, breeding the ideal Merino sheep for survival and fitness.

Keri sheep are absolutely plain bodied, highly fertile and produce SRS wool of exceptional quality. The Dowlings stopped mulesing as long ago as 2001.  The sheep are out there performing as sheep will need to do in today's changing climate.


Ben Lomond, Northern Tablelands, NSW.

Bruce and Kathryn Coppock  0428 254 345

Ram sale: by private treaty

These SRS fine wool sheep (Poll Merino) have been bred in one of the wettest and wormiest areas in Australia for sheep.

The sheep have exceptional carcases and exceptional wools.

This ram breeding flock was set up specially to provide New England woolgrowers, one of the major areas for growing superfine and fine wool, with a local ram supply that can lift them out of the unprofitable mode of the classic Merino sheep.

Merryanbone North

Warren, Central Western Plains, NSW.

James McLaughlin 0418 665 649

Ram sale: by private treaty

Merryanbone North is an emerging stud with great promise and breeding capacity.  It has been constructed using top sires mainly from the SRS studs Parkdale, Keri Keri, and Richmond.

These plain bodied Poll Merino sheep have exceptional frame and bone.  Lamb marking percentages are at 130%. The wool is very long, soft and stylish.

Jim McLaughlin has exercised much skill and planning in developing his stud flock. He has set high standards of quality control for all aspects of the animals he is breeding and selling, and is set to make a major contribution to Merino sheep breeding


Wellington, Central Western Slopes, NSW

David and Jill Pullen

Brett and Eve Campbell 0438 221 156

Ram sale: by private treaty

A replica of two SRS studs, Keri Keri Merino and Australian Meat Merino, but located in the high rainfall region of NSW.  It therefore comes as no surprise that the Nellup ewes are absolutely plain bodied, never mulesed, never jetted, easily shorn and 160% of lambs weaned.  These sheep are distinctive and outstanding for all sheep traits.


Barham Riverina, NSW.

Tim and Tam Mulholland 03 5034 3535

Ram sale: by private treaty

The owners are clever and innovative breeders.  They understand composite genetics, and how to install outlier genes for elite traits into their stud sheep.

They have bent the body growth curve in the opposite direction to the classic Merino.  This genetic pattern is important to have to ensure ewe lamb joinings are successful and high yielding carcases are produced.

Parkdale Poll Merinos

Dubbo, Central Western Plains, NSW

Don and Pam Mudford and family 0428 876 266

Ram sale: on property

There are 1200 stud ewes producing, on average, .2kg of 19.2 micron wool at 72% yield. The ewes are shorn every 8 months.

The sheep are plain bodied, often bare breeched, and are not mulesed. Parkdale ceased mulesing in 2004.

The sires have exceptional length of body, solid bone, high muscle and fat levels. Necks are long and faces very open.

Fertility is rising rapidly with some mobs reaching lambing percentages of 160%.

Large numbers of Merino ram lambs (and ewe lambs) with naturally short tails have been bred at Parkdale. The Merino lambs with their wrinkle free bodies do not need to be mulesed and now do not need to be tail docked. The aim is to push this flock to 200% of lambs weaned.


Orange, Central Tablelands, NSW

Brendon and Merle Ostini 0408 419 249

Ram sale: by private treaty

This fine wool stud flock is undergoing rapid changes to a fast growing and plain bodied, bare breeched flock of heavy cutting white wools. The sire battery is very impressive. The wools are stunning.

The genetic push is based mainly on Well Gully Poll Merino stud from central Queensland.  With this infusion has come special outlier genes for permanently white wools, efficient feed conversion of low quality pasture and heat and humidity tolerance.

Richmond Merinos

Quandialla, South West Slopes, NSW

Trevor and Sarah Ryan 02 6347 1166

Ram sale: on property

Richmond Merino sheep produce wools of sensational quality on plain bodied sheep. The ewe hoggets produce fleece weights of 6 to 7 kg of 17.5 to 18.5 micron wool.  The adult ewes regularly rear 120% lambs.

The flock measures well above industry average for breeding values for early body growth, muscle depth, and fat cover. All this is achieved with a plain bodied, wrinkle free flock that has not been mulesed or jetted for over 10 years.

Richmond sale rams are all paddock run and given every opportunity to express any faults before sale day.


Four Mile Creek, Central Tablelands, NSW

Tim and Ruth Christopherson 0407 664 228

Ram sale: by private treaty

An important fine wool flock for meat and wool. This Poll Merino stud has developed a much needed genetic resource for fine wool breeders to lift the fertility and carcase value of their sheep.

The ewe base combines the early body growth, high eye muscle and good fat covering of the Australian Meat Merino and Parkdale bloodlines with the high density and length fine wool sires at Trambe and from Blyth Merinos.

Well Gully Poll Merinos

Mitchell, Central Western Queensland

Errol and Candy Brumpton 07 4623 1170

Ram sale: by private treaty

The wool at Well Gully Poll Merino stud is probably as good as it gets.

The wool measures 3.4 kilopascals for resistance to compression, making it measurably softer than cashmere (5 to 6 kilopascals). Classic Merino wool, which tests from 8 to 12 kilopascals, is nowhere near as soft as the Well Gully SRS wool.

The flock averages are 18.2 microns for fibre diameter and 6 to 8 kgs for fleece weight.

In 1996, Well Gully produced the lightest wool cloth ever used in shirt production: 150 gms per lineal metre.

The sheep have adapted genetically to keep their bodies hydrated in the hot and humid environment and to be able to convert hard cellulose pastures to meet their body maintenance needs.

The sheep are highly resistant to fly strike, and are not mulesed. The wool stays permanently white despite the extremes of we, heat and humidity the sheep are exposed to.


Roma, Central Western Queensland

Peter Campbell 07 4626 5454

Ram sale: by private treaty

Fascinating flock with great genetic potential.  Another important example (like Well Gully and Karbullah) of breeding plain bodied Poll Merino rams in a hostile environment for drought, monsoonal rain and flood, worms, and predators that place high natural selection on the animals for survival and fitness.

Merino breeders who understand what these intense forms of both natural and artificial selection deliver would also realise that outlier genes for unique traits (eg. barber's pole worm resistance, exceptional feed conversion efficiency, body heat regulation) are here, and unlikely to be found anywhere else.

Yarong Forbes, Central Western Plains, NSW

Neil Williams 0404 247 357

Ram sale: on property

Neil Williams breeds plain bodied Poll Merino rams that are paddock run, receive no supplementary feeding and produce high fleece weights of fine diameter wool.  An example is: 7.5 kg of 18 micron wool for 6 months fleece growth at 2.5 years of age for the ram Green 8.