Cranmore Merinos

At Cranmore we have premium stud merino and poll merino rams and ewes for sale either privately or at our annual on-property sale.
For further information take at look at our rams or contact us. With over one thousand merino and poll merino rams available each year, you are sure to find that your needs are catered to with Cranmore Merinos.

Where are you going?

  • Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
    “Which road do I take,” she asked. His response was a question.
    “Where do you want to go?”
    “I don’t know.” Alice answered.
    “Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”
    Lewis Carroll
Achieving objectives in sheep breeding is not a short term pursuit.
A goal must be set and adhered to for at least the medium term for measurable gains to be made. At Cranmore we set our goals and whilst there have been modifications over time; we have remained true to our original objectives.

The long term goals of Cranmore Merino Stud are to produce reliable, easy care sheep of good structure and excellent wool. The adherence to these goals over time has lead to Cranmore holding its position as one of the premium merino studs in Western Australia.

Our breeding objectives

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Objective 1:
To breed easy care sheep
Objective 2:
To reduce fibre diameter, increase clean fleece weight and reduce coefficient of variation of fibre diameter.
Objective 3:
To breed pre-potent rams
Objective 4:
Uniformity of wool type
Objective 5:
Fleece rot resistance

What you see is what you get at Cranmore

Cranmore Merino Stud has also always preferred not to ‘shed’ its rams so as to artificially boost their appearance, but rather works on a ‘what you see is what you get’ principle with all sheep run as a commercial flock. Whilst there may be visual disadvantages in terms of preparation of sheep for shows and sales, there is no genetic disadvantage. Cranmore Merinos compare very favorably in Sire Evaluation Schemes with other studs in terms of measured data such as of greasy fleece weight, fibre diameter and body weight and objective measurements (see News).

Trials carried out by the Department of Agriculture in December 2005 found the average body weight of one hundred black and white tag (2000 and 2001 drop respectively) Cranmore ewes to be above the trial average. The Cranmore ewes weighed in at an average of 63.1 kilograms.
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Each ewe is individually identified as per the ram she is mated to in the progeny testing so that each ram's progeny can be assessed.

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Each ewe is individually identified as per the ram she is mated to in the progeny testing so that each ram's progeny can be assessed.

Our progeny tell the story

Cranmore rams are distinctive in their uniformity.
Cranmore is a closed stud which means that our rams’ progeny will be very close to that of its father. See News.

Breeding objectives

Ewes with lambs

For many years the practice of progeny testing has been followed at Cranmore Merino Stud so that the rams are found which possess the highest potential capacity to produce the maximum number of desirable traits.

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Objective 1:
To breed easy care sheep: we are moving toward sheep with low fecal egg count (FEC), plain bodied sheep with a sound structure and bare breeches.
Objective 2:
Reduction in fibre diameter, increase clean fleece weight and reduction in coefficient of variation of fibre diameter.
Objective 3:
To breed pre-potent rams: the progeny of Cranmore Merino rams will look the same as their fathers. This is best achieved through closed breeding - Cranmore Merino Stud has been a closed stud since 1945.
Objective 4:
Uniformity of wool type: we select for sheep with white, bright, highly defined crimp and well-aligned fibres.
Objective 5:
Fleece rot resistance: A well-aligned wool fibre means greater drainage of moisture out of the wool, lowering the risk of fleece rot.

Breeding Programs

To a large extent, the breeding policy at Cranmore Merino Stud has been influenced by plant breeders. Just as plant breeders know better than to judge the value of a plant by its appearance alone, we at Cranmore know better than to judge a ram on his appearance alone. As such single matings are carried out to evaluate the progeny of rams. The progeny are also tested for body weight, micron and greasy fleece weight.

For many years the practice of progeny testing has been followed at Cranmore Merino Stud so that the rams are found which possess the highest potential capacity to produce the maximum number of desirable traits.

Progeny Testing

Each year ten to twelve rams are involved in progeny testing. The rams involved in the progeny testing program are each mated to 50 individually identified ewes. (see news for definition of progeny testing). The progeny of each ram is also individually marked so that the ram can be assessed on the basis of the performance of his progeny.

The best sire according to the previous year’s progeny tests determines which rams will be used in current year progeny tests. Semen is also taken from these rams and is available from Cranmore Merinos.
Ewes with lambs

Each year ten to twelve rams are involved in progeny testing.

Mob matings

The ‘workers’ (rams used for mating the main commercially run flock) are selected on both visual traits and on objective measurements. Any stand-out rams from these selections are progeny tested.

Ewes not mated to progeny test rams are mated in age groups. The ewes are mated for about five years, with a higher proportion of young ewes mated. Only the best of the older ewes are retained for mating.
Cranmore Merino Stud has also always preferred not to ‘shed’ its rams so as to artificially boost their appearance, but rather works on a ‘what you see is what you get’ principle with all sheep run as a commercial flock. Whilst there may be visual disadvantages in terms of preparation of sheep for shows and sales, there is no genetic disadvantage.

Cranmore Merinos compare very favorably in Sire Evaluation Schemes with other studs in terms of measured data such as of greasy fleece weight, fibre diameter and body weight and objective measurements (see News). Trials carried out by the Department of Agriculture in December 2005 found the average body weight of one hundred black and white tag (2000 and 2001 drop respectively) Cranmore ewes to be above the trial average. The Cranmore ewes weighed in at an average of 63.1 kilograms.

Rams

Ewes with lambs

Our progeny tell the story
Cranmore rams are distinctive in their uniformity.
Cranmore is a closed stud which means that our rams’ progeny will be very close to that of its father.

Breeding the Easy-Care Merino

During 2005 a number of specially selected rams showing bare breech characteristics were mated to a selection of ewe hoggets with less wool around their breach area. This is part of Cranmore's ongoing and unwavering efforts to breed the ultimate in easy care merino that are resistant to worms and fly strike and does not require mulseing.

Together with strategic worm tests of all sheep on the property, a long term program of extensive feacal egg counting of all worker rams over the past ten years has resulted in the need for drenching at Cranmore has reduced immensely.

In addition, the careful selection of plain bodied, loose skinned sheep has greatly reduced the wrinkle on the sheep thus lowering the incidence of fly strike and shearing cuts.
Ewes with lambs
Ewes with lambs

Above: The ram in these photos was specially selected as a 'bare breached' ram.

The bare-breeched, plain bodied, easy-care Cranmore ram has:
  • quality wool, well packed and free from body wrinkles
  • highly aligned, uniform, white, bright wool with low fibre diameter & CV, and a high greasy fleece weight
  • very strong genetic reliability with high fertility
  • a sound body structure
  • with low faecal egg counts.

Above: Progeny test rams

Note the plain bodied nature of the ram – free from wrinkles and skin development around the neck area which is imperative for easy-care sheep.
See more information on our breeding objectives here.

Ewes

Ewes with lambs

Each ewe is individually identified by the ram she is mated to in the progeny testing so that each ram's progeny can be assessed.

Cranmore Ewes

All sheep at Cranmore are run as a commercial flock. These ewes are part of the progeny test flock for 2005-2006. Each of these ewes will go into a mob of 50 ewes and one ram. The progeny of these ewes is asessed as a reflection of the value of the ram.

Ewes for single mating for progeny tests.

Find out about our proud history here.

Events

Dowerin Field Day

See us at the Dowerin Field Days
29–30 August, 2018

On-property Ram Sale

Wednesday 19 September, 2018
Sale commences 1pm
200 Merino and Poll Merino Rams

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Sunset at Cranmore

Conducting Agents

Landmark
Craig Williamson
Mob: 0429 813 988

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The long-term goals of Cranmore Merino Stud are to produce reliable, easy-care sheep of good structure and excellent wool. The adherence to these goals over time has lead to Cranmore holding its position as one of the premium merino studs in Western Australia.
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Contact Us

Cranmore Farming Partnership
(formerly Boolardy Pastoral Co)

Located at:
615 Cranmore Road, Bindi-Bindi

Mailing Address:
RSM 427 Moora WA 6510

Kristin Lefroy
Tel: (08) 9654 9066
Fax: (08) 9654 9067
Email: kristinlefroy@cranmore.com.au

Conducting Agents

Landmark
Craig Williamson
Mob: 0429 813 988

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    Location map of Cranmore

Cranmore Park, Moora, Western Australia
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Like the sound of the easy-care, white wooled Cranmore Merino?

Contact us here at Cranmore Merinos for more information or attend our on-farm field day at Cranmore Park.

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