Booroola Merino Sheep
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Booroola Merino sheep were developed on the SouthernrnTablelands of New South Wales, Australia. They differ from normal Merino in twornways. First, they are more fertile; their fertility is as high as any breed inrnthe world. The number of lambs born per ewe lambing is 2.4, with a range of 1rnto 6. Half-Booroola ewes on average wean 20 percent more lambs than comparablernMerinos under the same conditions. Secondly, Booroolas have the ability tornbreed at most times of the year, thus extending the breeding season.

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The high profligacy of the Booroola Merino is due to thernaction of a single gene. Booroola actually refers to a gene called the B genern(also called F for fecundity). The B gene can be transferred into any breedrnsheep and does not appear to be influenced by nutrition.



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