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Wiltipoll Breed Description

Wiltipoll sheep are a polled large framed lean and well-muscled cleanskin meat sheep developed in Australia in the early 1990s using reliable wool shedding and polled genetics.  The Wiltipoll breed has a fleece similar to other short wool meat breeds that fully sheds in spring. Key characteristics of the Wiltipoll that make it a first choice for purchasers looking for an easy care large meat sheep are:

 

  • An established breed with reliable meat sheep performance.

  • Complete wool shedding.

  • Strong maternal instincts and high lambing percentages.

  • Wiltipoll ewes are seasonal breeders which allows rams to run with ewes at other times.

  • High growth rates for lambs including multiple births.

  • Calm, intelligent disposition and easy to muster.

  • Easy to retain with basic sheep fences.

  • Rams are virile, alert and active performers.

  • Hardy sheep that thrive in a wide range of Australian climates.

  • Excellent feet suitable for all paddock conditions.

  • Fully polled (no horns).

  • Suitable for organic style operations.

 

Appearance:

Head

  • Horn sites

    • Male has depressions in the bone of the skull at the horn sites. One or both depressions may contain a keratin scur or bony horn knob not to protrude more than 5mm above the skull profile.

    • Female – similar to male but with a narrower skull profile.

  • Eyes bright and full with dark pigmentation around the outer edge.

  • Nose slight Roman profile with dark pigmentation.

  • Ears long and broad and not carried erect. May have some minor black spotting.

 

Neck and Shoulders

  • Neck - medium length, strong and well set. 

  • Shoulders – well set and oblique. Width of sheep at shoulders to be less than width at rear.

Body

  • Chest - deep and wide with well sprung ribs.

  • Back & Loin – Level back. Well filled and muscled loin.

  • Hindquarter – Well muscled large hindquarter with a wide pelvic area consistent with easy lambing.

 

Legs, Pasterns and Feet

  • Legs – Strong and set well apart with an alert well balanced stance.

  • Pasterns – well angled hock and strong pasterns.

  • Feet – Dark pigmentation preferred but older sheep will lose some pigmentation from their feet without detriment.

 

Skin and Wool

  • Skin – Pink with no black ticking in lambs and two-tooth sheep. Increased black ticking in the skin is normal in older sheep.

  • Wool – Wiltipoll sheep do not require shearing. They shed their fleece during the spring of their first adult year. 

 

Breed Contact

Julie Huie

Secretary WSBA

Phone: 0488 188 772 

Email: juliehuie60@gmail.com