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AWI's printed and on-line resources for woolgrowers capture the latest findings from sheep breeding research and development.




Making More from Sheep is a best management package of resources, tools and learning opportunities for Australian sheep producers developed by AWI and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) [hyperlink:]. Forums, workshops and other learning activities finished in 2017; however, the website is maintained as a resource for the sheep industry.


Sheep Selection Tools (PDF 826KB) published by AWI, provides a summary of a wide range of industry tools available to help woolgrowers achieve their breeding goals. The strengths of each approach are discussed as well as the strategies needed to incorporate these approaches into a commercial or ram breeding enterprise.

Visual Sheep Scores provide the sheep industry with a standardised set of visual assessment scores for all breeds of sheep. The scores were developed in 2007 by AWI and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).


Visual Sheep Scores - Commercial Version (PDF 13.3MB) for commercial sheep producers.


Visual Sheep Scores – Researcher Version (PDF 14.2MB) with an extended range of traits described.


Visual Classing Merino Sheep (PDF 354KB) identifies a range of visual traits, explains how to identify these traits and their likely economic importance.



Newsletters and periodicals


Beyond the Bale is Australian Wool Innovation's quarterly magazine for AWI shareholders, other wool levy payers and wool industry stakeholders.


Merino Lifetime Productivity newsletter: Subscribe to regular email updates from the 10 Merino Sire Evaluation sites across Australia.



AWI-supported programs


Merino Lifetime Productivity: This project will collect data and examine lifetime productivity on progeny that result from Merino Sire Evaluation trials across Australia.


Merino Superior Sires compares the breeding performance of nominated sires through an independent and robust sire evaluation program.


Merino Bloodline Performance: Woolgrowers can compare Merino bloodlines from Australia-wide wether trials and on-farm comparisons run over the past ten years.


Lifetimewool including regional guidelines for southern Australia


Breech strike prevention program including latest publications


Stockmanship and Merino Visual Classing Workshop Material

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