This strain is most prominent in western 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