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The Sheep CRC supports the Merino Breeding Review Survey being conducted by AASMB and MERINOSELECT (see below). If  you have already received this notice and have completed the survey, it does not need to be done again.

Dear Wool Producer

The past 10 years have seen many changes in the Merino industry. Factors such as high lamb and mutton prices, variable seasons across all of Australia, and fluctuating grain and wool markets have all contributed to changes in the make up of the Australian sheep flock and will continue to do so in the future.

As a result, the breeding direction for many wool producers across the country have also been changing. It is important that we provide Industry with the tools that are relevant and focused on future industry needs. In order to do so we are surveying wool producers to find what are the future breeding directions of the wool industry, and how these vary across the current wool types.

You can begin the survey by clicking on the link below:

The survey will include the following.

  • What parts of the industry fall into each specific wool type category.
  • How to value traits that are hard to define economically such as breech wrinkle, fat depth, and  comfort factor.
  • Define what future breeding tools should be made available to ram buyers.
  • How many people are buying rams versus breeding their own rams.

The collated information from this survey will also be provided to the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders and MERINOSELECT, but your individual response will remain confidential.

The survey is made up of two parts. Firstly, we need to know some information about you and your farm (breeder profile), and secondly, ask you some questions about measurable traits you think are the most important (trait preference).

The trait preference survey will ask you, for your breeding objective, which one of two traits you wish to improve assuming everything else on your farm is equal. If you cannot differentiate between the two, you have the option to rate them as equal. It is important when considering the two traits in the trade-off, that you take into account only the changes presented for each of the traits (i.e. all else remains equal). Again, all data provided will be treated as confidential.

Please complete the survey by the 15th of April 2012.

If you have questions please do not hestitate to contact Luke Stephen on 02 6773 2948.


Tom Ashby                                                                                 Luke Stephen
President (AASMB)                                                                   Project Officer MERINOSELECT (Sheep Genetics)