International flavour at WA Merino Week

27 Aug, 2003 10:00 PM
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THERE was an international flavour at WA Merino Week last week with exchangees from Argentina and South Africa traveling around and by the end of the week were full of praise for the WA sheep.

Julian Gonzalo, Patagonia, Argentina, and Louis Eksteen, South Western Cape, South Africa, had earned the right to come to WA on exchanges organized by their respective country's stud Merino breeders organisations.

Louis who is a stud manager and consultant for three studs in South Africa, where they run around 8000 Merinos, said he saw some very good sheep that were very impressive.

"I think the WA Merinos could have a definite influence on the South African flock, especially the fine and superfine Merinos," Louis said.

Julian who is on exchange till the end of October with a program organized by the WA Stud Merino Breeders Association and the Argentine Stud Merino Breeders group, said he saw some very good Merinos throughout the week and said WA sheep were are a lot more even than Argentine sheep.

"In Argentina you get a couple of good animals and then the rest are middle of the line, but here there is certainly a higher percentage of the top animals," Julian said.

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