• The SRS Merino is naturally resistant to fly strike and free from mulesing. They have high fleece weight and are easy to shear. The wool produced is fine, exquisitely soft and lustrous.

    SRS Merinos are selected primarily for high fibre density and length, producing a unique patterning of wool follicles in the skin, with closely packed and long fibre bundles of high crimp amplitude and low crimp frequency.

    This selection process simultaneously increases fleece weight and the wool’s processing qualities. The result, farmers sell more wool at a higher price.

    By selecting for this fleece type, the SRS Merino is plain bodied and open faced. The sheep are naturally robust, have more lambs and much reduced lamb losses.

    SRS Merino are bred via a scientific process called SRS, developed and pioneered by research veterinarian, Dr Jim Watts. This quantitative technology enables transformation of classic Merino flocks, into SRS Merinos within 5 years.

    The SRS Merino is a superior, ethically produced and natural successor to the classic wrinkly Merino sheep commonly found within Australia.


The SRS Merino studs

ARCADIA  Merinos Yass, Southern Tablelands, NSW. Ashley and Kate Penfold  0447 472 102 ashleypenfo...
Sally Watts

Important SRS Milestones

Timelines Milestones In 1937, the Australian researchers, Drs. Belschner, Carter and Newton Turner...
James Watts

Introduction to SRS Merino and fibre genetics

Genetic selection for these fibre traits, both visually and objectively, is done with the expectation that fleece weight will increase, fibre diameter will decrease and fibre quality will improve.
James Watts

The SRS Merino

A large skin surface area for growing wool is the starting point for sheep to produce high fleece weights.
James Watts

Farms and Studs