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Poll Dorsets are a short wool, meatrnproducing sheep that were developed in Australia between 1937 and 1954 with thernaim of breeding a true Dorset type sheep without horns. They were developed atrna property called Valmore in Whitemore, Tasmania, a noted center for pedigreernlivestock stud farms. Poll Dorset resulted from the introduction of Corriedalernand Ryeland blood into the Dorset Horn.

rnrnTheir main distinguishing features are itsrnhornless appearance, long, lean square body set on short legs, pink skin andrn'spongy' short-stapled wool. Poll Dorsets produce a fleece of white, denserndowns type wool of around 30 microns fiber diameter and they have a white wool freernface.

rnrnrnrnPoll Dorset rams are the most commonly usedrnsire for the production of prime lambs in Australia. Ewes are noted for theirrnhigh fertility, mothering and milking ability. The characteristics of the breedrnsuch as rapid growth rate, superior fleshing and muscular development make themrnideally suited for the meat trade. Lambs sired by Poll Dorsets can satisfy thernlightweight Middle Eastern market, the local market or the export market to thernUSA at 20 to 25 kg or heavier. Poll Dorset carcasses have excelled inrnAustralian carcass competitions having very good eye muscle and a good leanrnmeat to fat ratio. Poll Dorset genes have also been a major contributor to therndeveloping White Suffolk breed and almost all other prime lamb composite breedsrnin Australia.

rnrnrnrnExport sales have been made to Africa,rnAsia, Europe and North and South America.

rnrnrnrnIn 1992 Meat Elite Australia wasrnestablished by a group of Poll Dorset breeders to share genetics, and progenyrntest elite young sires to identify animals that will benefit the Australianrnsheep meat industry.

rnrnrnrnThe Australian Poll Dorset is not to bernconfused with the Polled Dorset that was developed at North Carolina StaternUniversity in the early 1950s.

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