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Young Merino Group Supports Next Generation of Merino Breeders & Growers

21/12/2010

Established in 2004, the Young Merino Group exists to give young people who are enthusiastic about the merino industry a ...read more »

Blacks Awarded Two Honours at Christchurch Show

12/11/2010

The Black family’s life long support of the merino industry and the Canterbury A&P Show were recognized at this year's ...read more »

Wanted: Manufacturers for World-first Merino Fabrics

27/09/2010

AgResearch is seeking commercial partners to produce and market  four world-first merino fabrics.

The Crown Research Institute AgResearch
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New Zealand Merino Stud Breeders 
Producing Genetics for Tomorrow's Finest Garments

 Merino Stud Profiles

  • Malvern Downs: One of the oldest and biggest fine wool merino studs in New Zealand
  • Nine Mile: Aiming to breed superfine/ ultra fine merinos with a faster maturing carcass
  • Awapiri: Aims to breed medium wool merinos suitable for their environment
  • Muller: New stud at the top of the Awatere Valley aims to produce dual purpose productive sheep
  • Earnscleugh: Sells semen around the world thanks to 10 years of using Estimated Breeding Values
  • Blairich: A successful dedicated fine wool stud at the bottom of the Awatere Valley in Marlborough
  • Lauder: Rated as "one of the best" for superfine quality Italian high end suiting fabric
  • Flaxton: Aims to reduce the cost of farming sheep while maintaining high productivity
  • Lochar Downs: The farm changes land use but the merino stud remains

Visit our stud directory for contact details for all registereed NZ Merino Studs

 Merino Grower Stories

  • Bog Roy Station: Winner of the fine wool section of the 2010 NZ Ewe Hogget competition
  • Tara Hills Station: Winner  of a wool quality and production award at the 2010 NZ Ewe Hogget competition
  • Buscot Station: Winner of the 2009 NZ Ewe Hogget competition
  • The Wolds: Runs big framed productive ewes and looks for sheep with free growing fairly lengthly wool
  • Omamara Station: Focuses on keeping the ewes at 19.5 micron for Icebreaker contracts
  • Lake Heron Station: Every spring, merino wethers are mustered out of the headwaters of the Rakaia River

Merino Classers and Shearers

  • Blade Shearing: The Mackenzie Shearing gang has been blade shearing Glentanner merinos since 1957
  • Colin Wallace: No matter where he classes wool around the world, Colin always uses the same principles
  • Nicola Kelland: 2010 Monaro Scholar and Graduate Woolclasser of the Year, 2010 Sydney show
  • Dick McArthur: Plans to keep classing from his wheelchair if he can

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Merino People

  • Kate Calder: Merino artist and North Canterbury farmer
  • Bruce Paterson: Looking back over a lifetime on the land, Bruce cherishes the companionship
  • Bill Gibson: A love of merinos was ingrained in Bill from his earliest days. 
  • Grant Calder: A champion of the New Zealand working dog as well as the merino.
  • Colin Clark: The high country and the animals that live there have been this shepherd’s life. 

 Merino History

  • Early Days: George Rich was the first man to establish a merino stud in New Zealand. 
  • Arthur Urquhart: This pioneering high country man was "a sheep farmer before anything else."
  • Freda Urquhart: Moved to Erewhon Station as a young bride in the spring of 1943.  

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