– Corriedale sheep were developed in both Australia and New Zealand by crossing both a pure Merino and Lincoln sheep.
-The breed was developed for a dual purpose animal with good meat characteristics and commercial wool production.
– Corriedales are large framed, plain bodied, polled sheep, different in colour and produce lambs with a heavy carcase.
-Corriedales are suited to a wide variety of climates and farmed anywhere throughout Australia and New Zealand.
– Corriedales produce heavy bright fleeces, with good style, length and handle. Fibre diameter ranges from 25 to 30 microns in adult sheep to the low 20’s in lambs and hoggets.
– Coloured and white fleeces are highly sought after by spinners.
– Corriedale ewes are excellent mothers. Twin lambs are common among Corriedales resulting in high lambing percentages.
-Ewes are prime lamb mothers and are great for a self-replacing flock. Corriedale lambs are leaner than those sired by terminal breeds.
-Corriedales have abilities to raise productive, healthy lambs in purebred and crossbred flocks.
-Corriedales are farmed in Australia because they give so many options in marketing. Being a dual purpose breed they can meet demands of both meat and wool markets, namely prime lamb production, wether markets, wool production, crossbred mothers and stud ram sales.
-Corriedales are well known for their ability to produce high quality meat, especially for the prime lamb trade in both the domestic and export markets.
-Corriedales are docile, easy care animals and have a long life span.. They adapt to a wide range of climatic conditions, sometimes at very high altitudes, and are known to do well in poor seasons.
-Corriedale Body Structure should be:
●Head: Hornless, broad, strong and well-woolled. The jaw and bit should be broad, teeth well formed. Nostrils preferably dark. Ears thick and soft.
●Neck: Broad and strong.
● Brisket: Carried well forward and wide.
●Back: Long, level and broad.
●Ribs: Well sprung and deep.
● Hindquarters: Deep, broad and well-muscled.
● Legs: Moderate length with heavy bone and squarely set under the sheep.
Information source: Australian Corriedale Assoc.