Clever Kelpies


Bellaine sheep are performance tested and data is used as a strong component of our selection process.
See below for what we directly measure and score.

Maiden ewes (retained 2 year olds - 2014 drop at August 2015) FD 16.0 micron  GFW 3.8 kg

11 month old rams at first shearing FD 14.3 micron  GFW 2.1 kg

Data from all sheep is used to produce Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBV), which allow you to directly compare the genetic merit of Bellaine sheep to hundreds of thousands of Merinos nationally.
You can directly view our Sheep Genetics sale catalogue here: Bellaine 2016 Sale Ram ASBVs.
or ASBVs on any of our sheep can be viewed live in the MERINOSELECT section of the Sheep Genetics website:
Once there you can either enter a 16 digit sheep ID into the ID box or else down further, select the Advanced search option, then type Bellaine into the stud box to the right and choose your other search options before clicking search at the bottom.
Example of a Bellaine 16-digit number:
50=Merino; 5045=Bellaine stud registration number; 2005=year of birth; 050134=6 digit tag starting with short year of birth

What we directly measure or score

All characteristics followed by the word score are done using the standard from the Sheep Genetics Visual Sheep Scores guide.
At birth:
  • Date of birth
  • Pedigree (both sire and dam)
  • Birth weight
  • Lambing ease
  • Birth status (single, twin, triplet)
  • Rearing status (raised as single, twin, triplet)
  • Skin wrinkle
  • Birth coat
  • Pigmentation
  • Other abnormalities
At marking:
  • Breech wrinkle score
  • Breech cover score
  • Other abnormalities
At this stage male lambs that are excessively wrinkled, very hairy, pigmented or have had other problems are castrated.
At weaning
  • Body weight
At 10 months (prior to first shearing)
  • Face cover score
  • Skin pigmentation score
  • Wool pigmentation score
  • Fleece rot score
  • Wool colour score
  • Wool character score
  • Staple structure score
  • Quality count
  • Dag (this may be done at other times depending on feed and level of dag)
At shearing (10 months)
  • mid side sample taken for
    • Fibre diameter (plus SD, CV, curvature)
    • Yield
    • Staple strength
    • Staple length
  • Greasy fleece weight (excluding bellies)
  • Wool pigmentation (if not seen previously)
At ram selection (12-15 months)
  • Body weight
  • Review of other scores

Bellaine Merino Stud - Performance tested - Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBV)