QCL 85: Merinos the backbone of meat sheep reporting for years

Sally Gall
By Sally Gall
Updated July 28 2020 - 1:35am, first published 1:30am
British traditions: Marie Hobbs, Thornloe, Chinchilla, mustering some of the family's Border Leicester flock in the 1960s. Picture: Hobbs family.

When people talk about meat sheep nowadays, it's Dorpers, Dohnes and SAMMs that spring to mind, but for most of the past 85 years Merino wethers and cast-for-age ewes formed the backbone of the industry in the state.

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Sally Gall

Sally Gall

Senior journalist - Queensland Country Life/North Queensland Register

Based at Blackall, CW Qld, where I've raised a family, run Merino sheep and beef cattle, and helped develop a region - its history, tourism, education and communications.

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