Breeding Info

GRASS Merinos Rams Meat the Market!

MERINO RAMS FOR SALE IN CENTRAL NSW

"Medium peppin 19-20 micron merino rams over 30 years of performance breeding to increase your profits"

"Our aim is to make genetic progress in factors of economic importance to Merino breeders"

For over 30 years all merino ewes and rams in the GRASS system have been selected on performance plus visual classing.

For the last 17 years final selection was made on an economically weighted selection index. Major factors in the selection process include:

Measured Characteristics:

  • clean fleece weight
  • body weight
  • micron
  • ability to rear a lamb
  • testicle size
  • yield
  • length & strength
  • breech wrinkle
  • breech bareness

Visual Characteristics:

  • physical soundness
  • brightness of wool
  • soft handle of wool
  • style and character of wool
  • no face cover
  • low wrinkle
  • resistance to fleece rot

GM = Genetically Modified
or
GM = GRASS Merinos

  • For 37 years GRASS Merinos have been genetically modifying their Merino rams.
  • By measuring all the key profit making factors and then joining the best to the best, constant profit improvement is possible.
  • Profit per hectare is the only way to measure sheep performance… Like wheat growers!
  • Top performance flocks make profits 30% above average. This can be achieved merely by changing the variety of Merino Rams…. Like wheat growers!

 

Selection Aim

"Our aim is to make genetic progress in factors of economic importance to Merino breeders"

For over 30 years all ewes and rams in the GRASS system have been selected on performance plus visual classing. For the last 17 years final selection has been made on an economically weighted selection index.

GRASS Merinos
Mixed aged sires at "Sunnyside".


The GRASS selection index was re-designed in 2013 by the board of directors to put more empahsis on the traits that increase profitability in their own commercial flocks.

All sale rams are graded and ranked according to this index after a rigorous selection regime for the following measured and visual traits:

Measured Characteristics:

  • clean fleece weight
  • yearling body weight
  • micron
  • EMD and fat
  • ability to rear a lamb
  • testicle size
  • yield
  • length & strength
  • breech wrinkle

 Visual Characteristics:

  • physical soundness
  • brightness of wool
  • soft handle of wool
  • style and character of wool
  • no face cover
  • low wrinkle
  • dust penetration
  • feet
  • resistance to fleece rot

 

Progress:

GRASS rams are genetically moving ahead at 1.5% per year . GRASS rams are tested in CTSE (Central Test Sire Evaluations) See Merino Superior Sires for results.

 

Productivity Gains
Graphs of performance since 1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Upcoming Ram Sale
GRASS Merinos holds a Merino Ram Sale in October each year near Gilgandra NSW (65km North of Dubbo).
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Latest News & Results
GRASS Merinos latest news and results are now up, we often include newsletters and forcasts too so keep an eye out!
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Request A Ram
To order a GRASS Merino Ram online all you have to do is fill out a form and we will send you an information pack with more details.
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Ph. 0428 825 721 Email. g.peart@icloud.com