“Martin Oppenheimer, Petali Poll Merinos principal, said in the past decade commercial buyer’s need for a dual purpose Merino sheep had become apparent.
He said there had been a big push for the lamb & sheep meat side of the business & the Merino enterprise was no longer solely for fibre production.
They’re looking for extra emphasis on Growth & traits like Eye Muscle & Fat. Those traits are wanted not only because of potential value in carcase impact, but also because of the impact Fat & Muscle have on the reproduction of Merino ewes.
Mr Oppenheimer said producers now looked for a balance where they could maintain their high wool standard, & also produce a heavier cutting Merino to suit meat markets.
They want a balance between newer traits as well as productive sheep with good fibre.”
The Land, Northern Ram Sales, 7.1.16
For brief Ram Sale Catalogues see Poll Merinos & White Suffolks above
For full Ram Sale Catalogue (4MB) click Petali Catalogue 2016
Offered 60 Sold 60
av $1203 Top $3200
Offered 60 Sold 53
Average $1811 Top $4600