MERINO SOUTH AFRICA
MODERN MERINO: THE BENCHMARK BREED
An unique dual purpose breed, producing unequaled top quality medium to ultra-fine wool and marketable carcass from a wide spectrum of grazing / climatic conditions. Leader in Wool and Mutton Production.
WHY FARM WITH MERINOS?
Merino stud breeders supply flock farmers with excellent genetics by use of scientific breeding. The Merino Plan aids breeders to improve production and reproduction simultaneously. “We now have Merinos which are bigger, plainer, hardier, more functionally efficient and more economically productive than ever before.” John Stretton, Merino SA President, 2000-2005.
SOUTH AFRICAN RECORD
WHY WEAR MERINO WOOL?
Merino wool is odourless, price competitive, has natural UV protection, warmth breathability and moisture management. it is machine washable and tumble dries perfectly. Internationally renowned designer Akiral Isogawa, describes Merino wool as wonderful to work with: “It is a natural fibre and provides excellent breathability. The sheer nature of the fabrics feel luxuriously gentle against the skin.” His garments are sold in every major world fashion capital, held in the collections of major galleries and museums and are considered wearable art.
“Merino wool, without a doubt the most versatile fibre in the word, and natural fibre at that.” says Stuart Beverage, WFSMB. Researchers and manufacturers constantly develop new products and methods of processing wool. Wool is used in blending with other fabrics, manufacturing of medical applications, health garments, protective clothing and aerospace products.
CHARACTERISTICS OF MERINO WOOL
– It makes comfortable next-to-skin wear as it is much softer and more elastic than “ordinary” wool
– Available in machine-washable garments with minimum ironing required
– Ideal for sportswear as it absorbs unpleasant odours and does not smell like other fabrics
– Natural product that is renewable and can be produced sustainably and is environmentally friendly
WHY MERINO MUTTON AND LAMB?
Merino Lamb is genetically lean, succulent, rich in flavour, low in kilojoules and rich in protein, iron and vitamins. The fine grain allows for meat of a delicate flavour and tender texture after cooking. Almost all cooking methods can be used with the different cuts including grilling, barbecuing, braising, stir frying, pan frying, roasting and stewing. Merino lamb is delicious served hot or cold and lends itself to being flavoured in many delightful ways.
“With our experience in the meat trade, we find that the Merino sheep and lamb have the best quality meat in the world.” ML Bux, Director, Halan Meats, Durban.
“Studies of the quality of meat were unanimous in that Merinos produce meat that rates highly in terms of flavour, tenderness and overall acceptability.” International Journal of Sheep and Wool Science
– Excellent dual purpose breed
– Highly fertile with good mothering qualities
– Hardiness & adaptability to all climates
– Finest quality wool in the business
– Most economic converter
– Feed to mutton and wool
– Lamb weight 16-24 kg graded A3 prime meat
– Annual production of 5 kg fleece (18 – 22 mi wool per ewe)
SINCE 1937. A member of the World Federation of Merino Breeders. Merino SA serves as the mutual forum for registered and commercial Merino Breeders and acts as the planner and mouthpiece of all Merino affairs in South Africa.