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Polwarth Sheep. This report will discuss the background, history, production uses and characteristics of Australias dual purpose sheep breed, The Polwarth. Also a recommendation of where the sheep is best suited to the environment.

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Introduction

Year 10 Ag Science Report on the Merino Sheep Breed Jade Hemmings Contents 1.0 Introduction Page 3 2.0 The Merino Page 3 2.1 Background Page 3 2.2 History Page 3 2.3 Production Uses Page 3 2.4 Characteristics Page 4 2.1.4 Breeding and Lambing Page 4 3.0 Recommendations Page 4 4.0 Conclusion Page 4 5.0 Appendices Page 5-8 6.0 Bibliography Page 9 1.0 Introduction This report will discuss the background, history, production uses and characteristics of Australia's dual purpose sheep breed, The Polwarth. Also a recommendation of where the sheep is best suited to the environment. 2.0 The Polwarth 2.1 Background Australia's dual purpose wool producing and meat sheep, The Polwarth was first developed in 1880, in Victoria. ...read more.

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2.2 History "Since the original Polwarth's were imported into Canterbury (New Zealand) in 1932, they are now established in a range of climates throughout the country. They thrive in a mix of hot and cold temperatures, with low to high rainfall, either hill and high country, or lowland environments" (www.nzsheep.co.nz, 2009). The Polwarth is bred mainly in higher rainfall districts of South East Australia as it is suited to that area (www.ballaratweb.net, ND). In fact one of the most flexible breeds available (www.nzsheep.co.nz, 2009). 2.3 Production Uses The Polwarth is a dual purpose sheep which produces both a lean carcass and a high quality fleece. General characteristics of a carcass include reduced fat cover, good eye muscling in width, depth and area, early maturity and a GR rating of 3-6 average (www.nzsheep.co.nz, 2009).The Polwarth produces a high yielding, white, soft fleece. ...read more.

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(Refer to appendix 4) 3.0 Recommendations Even though this breed was established in Victoria it is a flexible breed. It can be breed in both hot and cold temperatures and low and high rainfall regions. Suitable areas for this breed would be all over Australia, though the most suitable in subtropical areas. 4.0 Conclusion I believe the Polwarth is a great sheep to have. Not only does it produce high quality wool but a lean carcass as well and it has good mothering instinct. This breed can be bred all over Australia but most suitable for subtropical areas. The Polwarth is an overall hardy sheep with quality characteristics. 5.0 Appendices 1. Polwarth 2. Wool 3. Labelled diagram of the Polwarth 4. Polwarth lambs 5. Australia Map 6. ...read more.

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