Breed Standard

A Breed Standard is a set of guidelines which are used to ensure that animals produced by a breeder conform to the specifics of the breed.  It is a template to which the breeder aspires. 



There are no specific requirements for head or fleece markings, however, efforts should be made to maintain a colour ratio within the range of 20-80% of any colour combination.  Black and/or white spots on all 4 legs must be clearly defined.  Black knees and feet are preferrable.



The head should be sharp, straight and wide between the eyes.  The ear position must be attentive and placed horizontally to erectly.  Drooping ears are undesirable.



Mature rams and ewes - average 75cm shoulder height.  A grown sheep should be sufficiently long and must be able to take in adequate roughage to themselves and have ample space for meat development.



Mature, not pregnant and non-lactating ewes,  75kg - 95kg        Rams  115kg - 135kg 



Black and/or white spots on all four legs must be clearly defined.

Sheep must have good legs and move well.

They should be of medium to fine bone and have correct pasterns.  Pasterns which are too upright or collapsed are incorrect.

Legs should be hard and tight.  Front legs should be sufficiently wide apart and shoujlder blades well connected.

Correct posture includes straight and equidistantly placed legs, but should not be rotated inwards nor outwards.  

Hooves should be strong and dark requiring little maintenance.



Must be sufficiently deep eaving plenty of room for roughage intake and pregnancy.



Should be sufficiently wide to allow a smooth birth of lambs.



A straight back is desirable.  Hollow dips or roach backs are undesirable.



Tail docking is optional, but care must be taken to ensure the vulva is covered as the animal matures.  In any case, tailes must be short of wool or clipped.



Wool should be short, curly and connected.  The shaded part shold be as close as possible to black in colour.  To large a variation in length between light and dark wool is not desirable.  Efforts should be made to maintain a colour ratio within the range of 20-80% of any colour combination.



Udders should have strong ligaments and a teat position not too far to the outside or to the rear.  The teats should not be too coarse and preferably not conical.



The testes should be well-developed, firm and of a similar size.  They must be apparent in a scrotum which must not be partly or fully split.  The scrotum should be finely haired or clipped and not woolly.



The gait should be brisk, straight and springy.



It is important that the teeth bite firmly and fully onto the pad of the upper jaw.  Animals with overshot teeth which do not touch the pad should not be registered.



Sheep with conformation defects, including, but not restricted to the following, should be excluded from registration.

  • Overshot / Undershot jaws
  • Twisted feet
  • Poor conformation
  • Blindness, blue, china or wall eyes, either total or partial
  • Sexual defects - ie., rams without two sufficiently developed testicles apparent in a single scrotum
  • Docked tails


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