Cormo Sheep

About Cormo SheepAbout Cormo Sheep

<a href='' class = 'body' target='_blank'>Photo: Moonglow farm</a>
Photo: Moonglow farm
Cormo Sheep was developed in Tasmania by I.K. Downie.  Mr. Downie crossed Corriedale Rams with 1200 carefully selected superfine Saxon Merino Ewes.The original Cormo Pedigree   

Cormo is a system of breeding in which selection is based on scientific measurement of commercially desirable characteristics. Selection criteria include clean fleece weight, fiber diameter, growth or body weight, and fertility. Originating in Tasmania, Australia, the Cormo derives its name from its two parent breeds: Corriedale and Superfine Saxon Merino. 

Cormo sheep were first introduced into the United States in 1976. They are not being promoted as a show sheep, but rather as one of economic value. Cormos produce a long stapled, high yielding fine-wool fleece with a high degree of fiber uniformity. They cross well with American breeds.

The original selection criteria included:  high, clean fleece weight;  fiber diameter of 17-23; fast body growth rate and a high rate of fertility.  The result- 1/4 Lincoln, 1/4 Australian Merino, and 1/2 superfine Saxon Merino.

Cormo are considered easy keepers; they are somewhat smaller than many breeds and therefore require 40% less feed than larger breeds.

They are rugged animals, able to thrive in the harsh climate of eastern Montana, the humidity of the East Coast the wetness of the Northwest, and the heat of the Southwest.

Lambing is easy and multiple births are not uncommon. In an assisted lambing situation lambing crops can be as high as 150-180%. 

Mothering instincts, lack of wool blindness, and a high muscle to bone ratio is also notable in the breed.

Cormo Sheep Associations

Natural Colored Wool Growers Association Natural Colored Wool Growers Association -

The Cormo Sheep Conservation Registry, Inc -