Objectives

With the climate conditions we experience and the affect it has on the environment it is most important that we breed a merino sheep that can withstand the harsh conditions, be fly and fleece rot resistant and survive the dry times. Over the many years our concentration has been to breed a merino that is dual purpose that possess the qualities and attributes that meet our wool and sheepmeat demands this aim is to breed white, bright lustrous wools with a good wax coating to protect the fibre from harsh extremes of sun and dust and also and repel flystrike and fleecerot.  

Our classing on the Mount Ascot sheep for years has been based on selecting robust, heavy cutting, deep crimping, soft handling and well nourished wools. The Mount Ascot Flock Average is 19.5 micron. We are currently backing these objectives up with scientific measurements in hand with visual assessment. This allows us to view our genetics progress and therefore pass on more elite progeny to our clients. Like most studs we have plained up the bodies on our Merinos. We still have the objective of the Mount Ascots to be a heavy cutting Merino. This why we have a plain body on them but a very supple skin and a great length of staple, with our breeding ewes always achieving over 100mm up to 120mm staple length and our show rams producing up to 170mm by the end of the show circuit. A lot of Merino Studs have gone to plain and will in harsh Queensland conditions end up with ewes that are far to unproductive cutting very little wool with bare bellies and legs. This is why we like to keep the balance between meat and wool. To achieve a real dual purpose merino and still have our breeding ewes cutting in excess of 7kgs of 19-19.5 micron wool and to be able to turn a wether lamb off with a carcass in excess of 18-20kg at 10-11 months of age.

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