The Fonthill Merino was developed by crossing American-bred Rambouillet Merino rams
with a fine-wool Saxon strain of Merino. The major objective was to increase the genetic
potential of an easy care type sheep to produce wool, meat and lambs.
Since the Fonthill was established in the 1950s it has been subjected to selection
methods primarily designed to further increase body weight and fertility without changing
the type of wool produced or the yield per head.
Fonthill ewes produce 20-22 micron wool with the amount of wool cur per head similar
to that obtained from other Merinos running similar conditions. Lambing average within
a flock is 100 percent.
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