PO Box 135 Claremont WA 6910
Ph: 08 9384 6466
Fax: 08 9384 2606
Email: office@merinowa.com.au

Sales & Regulations


Please refer to the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders' website for rules and regulations concerning the export of Merino genetics:  merinos.com.au

Field Days & Sales

The annual district stud Merino field days and multi vendor sales are coordinated by regional associations. To participate, breeders must be a member of the district organisation.

Public auctions and sales of stud Merino sheep are conducted by livestock agents and the West Australian Livestock Salesmen Association (WALSA) which can be contacted at:

PO Box 127,
Riverton  WA  6148.

Regulation Shearing Inspections & Tagging for Show & Sales

The object of the regulation shearing and tagging procedure is to:

  • Ensure that purchasers at sales and invited judges at shows have no reservations regarding the validity of the sheep they buy and judge;
  • Give confidence to the industry as to the standards and integrity of the Stud Merino Breeders’ Association of WA.

Shearing inspection tags are compulsory for the following events:


  • Woolorama - all classes as in the schedule.
  • Perth Royal Show - all classes as in the schedule. (NB: Only tagged sheep are eligible for open championships)
  • Rabobank Katanning Sheep Show & Sale


  • Perth Royal Show (in recess)
  • Rabobank Katanning Stud Merino Show & Sale
  • Eastern States

All other sales and shows are as per respective association rules.


  1. The Executive Officer shall notify all members prior to the shearing dates, advising both regulations and requesting tag orders.
  2. Breeders are responsible for ordering tags, applicators and arranging inspectors within the specified dates.
  3. March Shearing - between 1 March to 1 April.
    The sheep must carry wool which shall not exceed in length the equivalent of 1.25 cm at the first day of March.  Regulation shearing is to cease on 1 April and tagging takes place between the first day of March and the first day of April.  For each eight days after 1 March, 0.25 cm of extra length shall be allowed.
  4. August Shearing - between 15 August to 15 September
    The sheep must carry wool which shall not exceed in length the equivalent of 1.25 cm at the fifteenth day of August.  Regulation shearing is to cease on 15 September and tagging takes place between the fifteenth day of August and the fifteenth day of September.  For each eight days after 15 August, 0.25 cm of extra length shall be allowed.
    NO SHEEP SHALL BE REGULATION SHORN AFTER 15 SEPTEMBER except sheep exhibited at the Perth Royal Show.  These sheep to be inspected and tagged at the Claremont Showgrounds by a specially appointed inspection committee at the conclusion of the show.  Sheep to be shown in eastern states shows - shearing length must comply with the closing date of 15th September (being 2.25cm) and to be noted that they were shorn to that length on the shearing inspection certificate.
    Sheep to be shown in Western Australian shows only - sheep may be shorn to the 15th August length. For each eight days after 15th August, 0.25 cm of extra length shall be allowed.
  5. Inspectors - breeders must arrange tagging with their nearest active committee representative and the Inspection Committee shall comprise two SMBAWA members, one of which shall be an active committee person.
  6. No inspectors shall bear any relationship to the owner or have any financial interest in any flock submitted for inspection.
    No more than one member from any one stud may act on an Inspection Committee at any one inspection.
    Where circumstances are difficult for an active SMBAWA committee member to act as an inspector, they may nominate an ordinary member of the Association to take their position for an inspection.  Such a nominee must, when signing the Inspection Certificate, endorse thereon the name of the nominating committee member.

Duties of Inspectors

  • Ascertain that the sheep have correct specifications according to the wool length rules.
  • Supervise the insertion of and correct numbers of the tags and COLLECT OR DESTROY ALL UNUSED TAGS.
  • Correctly fill in and sign the certificate, and forward the white copy to the SMBAWA office immediately.
  • Inspectors must strictly apply the rules for wool length.  Any sheep refused tags because of over length must be re-shorn and re-submitted to the original inspector for inspection and tagging.
  • Anomalies regarding inspection panel, tag number irregularities etc will render the particular sheep ineligible for relevant shows and sales.


  • The owner must present the entire number of tags received to the Inspection Committee, who must destroy all unused tags.  In the event of an owner wishing to tag one or more sheep at a later date, he or she will have to repeat prior arrangements.
  • Sheep at all relevant sales are to be inspected by a responsible sub committee of the selling organisation.  Disputes will be arbitrated by another committee member.
  • There is a minimum charge of $20.00 and tags cost $1.50 each.  Applicators are available at $88.00 when ordering tags.
  • For both March and August tagging: no tags will be issued from the office after the final day of tagging unless in September for tagging purposes at the Perth Royal Show.
  • Inspectors have been instructed not to insert tags after 15 September, except for sheep exhibited at the Perth Royal Show and being shorn for the following Royal Show.
  • Tag numbers used and unused must be recorded.
  • The return of Inspection Certificates will be strictly adhered to and in the case of certificates not received at the office, the sheep concerned will be considered as not tagged.  The prompt return of certificates when tagging is completed is essential.
  • A regulation shearing measuring gauge is available from the office for inspectors and members.

Wool Measurement

The SMBAWA wishes to draw attention to the compulsory requirement for all members who submit samples for fleece testing. This rule states:

When the measurement of any sample taken from a sheep is used for the purposes of display at sales, shows and/or promotional material, the following information relating to that sheep must be supplied.

(a) The age of the sheep at date of sampling.
(b) The date the relevant sample was taken.
(c) Length of wool growth, measured in days, weeks or months.