Multi Purpose Merinos
“Eighty per cent of the most important breeding traits for wool and meat we can’t see in a Merino. Things you can’t see are often the most important maternal traits – reproduction rates, mothering performance, fat, muscle and internal parasite resistance”. Dr Alex Bull, head MLA sheep R & D (Weekly times 17/02/12)
Multi Purpose Merinos ‘MPM’ studs are proud to be identified as leaders in the sheep industry specialising in cutting edge genetic technology. Since 2000, David Thompson of Moojepin MPM, Katanning WA, Ben Duxson of Glendemar MPMP, Marnoo VIC and Peter McKid founder of Outback MPM, Nyngan NSW came together with the aim of producing the perfect multi purpose or dual purpose sheep.
This Merino would be low cost, suitable to all conditions, have no wrinkles, produce more and finer wool, more lambs with a much faster growth rate and all under normal paddock management conditions.
They were early adopters of leading edge research and technology resulting in greater predictability of mating outcomes. This involved extensive use of artificial insemination (AI), embryo transfer (ET) and the Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBV) ‘MERINOSELECT’ program. Intensive physical measurements are carried out such as weaning weights, post weaning weights, adult weights, eye muscle depth and fat depth together with fleece weights, micron and CV at all ages.
All now proven as essential characteristics for the predictability of breeding outcomes.
These genetics are now producing animals with traits in the top 5% of Australia’s Merinos. ‘MPM’ sheep require no mulesing, low labour requirement, are more robust and adaptable. They are a highly maternal and fertile meat sheep, producing long soft fine wool.
Multi Purpose Merinos ‘MPM’ is now exporting their unique genetics in collaboration with breeding operations in South Africa (Konsortium), South America (Ovis XI) and contributing genetics to China, Kazakhstan, Russia and New Zealand.