This is the main representative of the Merino breed in Australia and is found in extremely
high number throughout NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.
Medium-Wool Merinos are primarily grown for wool production, although improved carcass
quality gives this breed a dual purpose. Their wool is almost totally absorbed by
the textile trade, in particular high quality apparel wool.
The strain is large framed and relatively plain bodied, producing a heavy fleece which
is soft handling and of good color with a fiber diameter of 20-22 microns. Staple
length is approximately 90 mm.
Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation, 1989, 3rd