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This strain is most prominent in western A herd of Strong wool merino sheep with long wool.NSW, South Australia and Western Australia. In fact, in South Australia the strong-wool south Australian strain of Merino comprise more than 85% of the state's sheep number. The strong-wool Merino has adapted itself particularly well to the hot, dry, semi-arid areas of Australia.


The strain is very large-framed, plain-bodied and open-faced, making it a particularly "easy care" sheep for semi-arid areas. It produces a heavy seven to eight kilogram fleece (15.5-18 lbs) of approximately 100 mm staple length, with a fiber diameter of 23-25 microns.




Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation, 1989, 3rd Edition

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