Booroola Merino: Wool Educational Material for the Clothing
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Sheep Industry Association
|The Booroola Merino was
developed in Australia from a single commercial Merino Flock
selected for reproduction. A single major allele (called FecB)
was identified in this flock that has a major influence on
prolificacy. In Australia, and New Zealand, the homozygous state
(FecBB) results in ovulation rates of five or more, with a
heterozygote (FecB+) producing ovulation rates of three or four.
The breed has been imported to the U.S. and has been tested
widely at U.S. Agricultural Research Stations. The breed is
small-sized and slow-growing with a white face and wool
extension down the legs. They produce a dense, fine-wool fleece.|
MATURE BODY WEIGHT
AVERAGE FIBER DIAMETER
USDA Wool Grade NA
GREASE FLEECE WEIGHT
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