Elliottdale Sheep
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Elliottdale are a dual-purpose (meat and wool) sheep developedrnat the Elliott Research Station in Tasmania during the 1970s. They wererncommercialized in 1986, which helped established the Australian Carpet WoolrnIndustry. The effect of the EI gene (Elliottdale) is similar to the Drysdale,rnTukidale, and Carpetmaster genes in the Romney breed, and are at a differentrnlocus on the chromozone. Today, the Elliottdale sheep breed is rare and is atrnserious risk of extinction with very little breeding animals left.

rnrnThey are medium-sized uni-colored white sheep. They producerngood quality fleece, and their wool has a fiber diameter of 38-40 microns. Thernewes are always polled, but the rams can be either horned or polled. The averagernlive body weight of the mature Elliottdale ewes is around 58 kg. And the fullyrngrown ram’s live body weight is around 70 kg. 

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