• Merinotech WA is a West Australian group of performance based Merino ram breeding enterprises. Merinotech breeding objectives ensure a highly profitable, white wooled, easy care merino sheep suited to each specific environment.
  • Farmers choosing Merinotech rams profit by maximising the rate of genetic gain in their merino flocks.The primary aim is to continuously improve the profitability of our members and clients merino wool and livestock enterprises.
  • We invite you to browse through our website and find out about Merinotech activities. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information about our animals.
  • Merinotech WA is a West Australian group of performance based Merino ram breeding enterprises. Merinotech breeding objectives ensure a highly profitable, white wooled, easy care merino sheep suited to each specific environment.
  • Farmers choosing Merinotech rams profit by maximising the rate of genetic gain in their merino flocks.The primary aim is to continuously improve the profitability of our members and clients merino wool and livestock enterprises.
  • We invite you to browse through our website and find out about Merinotech activities. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information about our animals.
  • Merinotech WA is a West Australian group of performance based Merino ram breeding enterprises. Merinotech breeding objectives ensure a highly profitable, white wooled, easy care merino sheep suited to each specific environment.
  • Farmers choosing Merinotech rams profit by maximising the rate of genetic gain in their merino flocks.The primary aim is to continuously improve the profitability of our members and clients merino wool and livestock enterprises
Merinotech (WA) Ltd
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In 1988 a group of WA merino breeders took the bold initiative in establishing a breeding program to exploit fully the latest developments in genetics and breeding technology. The essence of the strategy was to form elite ram breeding flocks within the environments of their clients, and then apply the very best techniques in animal breeding and selection to ensure rapid and continual genetic improvement.

The breeding objective was clear: maximum profit in the commercial flocks of ram breeders and their clients. Thus the strongest selection pressure was for high clean fleece weight with low fibre diameter. Concurrently, sheep were selected for good constitution and easy care attributes, for high reproductive rates and longevity, and for freedom from body and wool faults.

The result has been a highly profitable white wooled, easy care merino tailored to each specific environment, with continuing genetic progress towards even higher profitability. The good constitution and easy care attributes give Merinotech ewes a market advantage for prime lamb production. An elite nucleus flock was established in the medium rainfall area at Kojonup in WA.

The complete high tech breeding system comprises four interlocking phases:

  • Setting maximum profit breeding objectives.
  • Employing an integrated measurement and computerised data handling system.
  • Use of full pedigree breeding value estimation.
  • Use of accelerated methods of multiplying desirable genes.


Merinotech uses full pedigree recording in its elite flocks and in as many as possible of the participating ram breeders’ flocks. These best linear unbiased predictions (BLUP) make use of all genetic links that have been set up, whether planned or otherwise. Continual improvements have resulted in each of the flocks.

Progeny testing and sire referencing is also prominent in the Merinotech program, because BLUP technology makes use of all genetic links between individual animals and groups of animals. Through the use of common reference sires, the Merinotech mating programs are linked in with major national sire referencing programs. This gives maximum information about the genetic merit of other merino sources relative to those already included in the Merinotech program.

Merinotech clients also have access to the combined links established with research and development organisations and other industry bodies.

Rob Young, founding director of Merinotech (WA), believes that sheep now need to compete for space on farms against alternative enterprises. To remain profitable sheep enterprises must continuously improve in productivity and customer desirability, and be managed using minimal labour and without compromising on quality.

Managing and maintaining the co-operative attitude to detail is a feature of Merinotech. Monitoring future trends will enable the group to look to the future with confidence.