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When considering Merinos, the fleece is always the starting
point. The Merino fleece sits atop of the charts for its
fineness! Merinos consistently register a Comfort Factor
(CF) of 98% or higher. Consequently merino wool is often
used in clothing that will be worn against the skin.
There are however, other reasons to consider this wonderful
breed. This quote from a Merino breeder attests to the
highly developed flocking instinct of the breed, "handling a
flock of Merinos is like handling one sheep." The nature of
the sheep to stay together is a great advantage when moving
your flock from one place to another.
Adaptive to Various Climates: The Merino is one of the best of
the sheep breeds when viewed from their ability to flourish
in extremes of weather and environment. Highly successful
Merino flocks can be found from the rocky soils of New
England to the lush pastures of the American mid-west to the
arid outback of Australia.
Out of Season Breeding: Perhaps one of the greatest
advantages of the Merino is its ability to breed out of
season. This trait is another reason, besides fine wool.
that the animal is desired by the crossbred commercial
breeder. The ability to select lambing dates is a
prime consideration for the commercial breeder.
Ability: After lambing, the Merino mother
proves her worth by readily caring for her lambs. While not
originally known for multiple births, today's Merino flock
experiences twins 50% of the time. Some breeders have
selected the trait and have achieved even higher birth rate.
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