Commercial benefits of Polwarths
- Polwarths thrive in all sheep growing areas from semi-arid to high rainfall districts
- Good foragers
- Docile and easy to manage
- Good mothering ability
- High lambing percentages
- Produce quality prime lambs when mated to terminal sires
- Plain bodied sheep which significantly reduces the incidence of fly strike
- Produce long stapled, soft handling, high yielding fleece less susceptible to fleece rot
- Wool clips are very even and easy to class into a minimum number of lines
Polwarths for Wool
Polwarths produce a super stylish type wool which is white, long-stapled, soft-handling and high-yielding.
Under average conditions, wool is visually 58s/60s, ranging between 21-25 microns, depending on feed availability and climate conditions, with a staple length of 110-120mm. In recent years, studs have dramatically increased the size and fleece weight of their sheep and many commercial flocks now cut an average of 6-7kg a head.
Polwarth wool has a high resistance to fleece rot, repelling water and drying faster than shorter dense fleeces, making the breed well suited to higher rainfall areas.
Polwarths are plain bodied sheep with few wrinkles which combined with their fleece rot resistance minimises the potential of fly strike.
Polwarth fleeces are even because rams throw to their own wool type. Flocks are noticeably even and wool clips are easy to class with a minimum of fleece lines.
Polwarths for Meat
As meat sheep, Polwarths produce lean carcases. When mated to terminal sires, ewes produce quality prime lambs with length, depth of carcase and an excellent ratio of lean muscle to fat.