Cormo

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The Cormo is an Australian breed of sheep developed in Tasmania by crossing Corriedale rams with superfine Saxon Merino ewes in the early 1960s. The name Cormo is derived from the names of two of the parent breeds, Corriedale and Merino. The breed was fixed through intense selection criteria, assessed by objective measurement.[1] Cormo sheep have a polled, open face, are possessed of a fast growing, medium frame carrying a fleece of about 18 to 23 microns[2] in diameter. High fertility is an attribute, too.

The breed is mostly found in the south eastern states of Australia.

Cormos have also been exported to Argentina, China, the United States, Italy and Belgium.

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  1. ^ *Desilva, Udaya; Fitch, Jerry (1995), "Cormo", Breeds of Livestock (Oklahoma State University Dept. of Animal Science), retrieved 2010-08-03 
  2. ^ Preparation of Australian Wool Clips, Code of Practice 2010-2012, Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX), 2010
  • Stephens, M (et al.), Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Export Corporation, 2000 (4th ed), ISBN 1-74036-216-0

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