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Poll Merino Stud

Breeders from all over the world visit the stud, including South Africans, South Americans and Australians.
The Poll Merino is a subtype of the Australian Merino breed of domestic sheep without horns. A single gene with three possible alleles control horn inheritance. Poll Merino wethers and rams are less prone to poll strike than horned Merinos and are easier to handle at shearing and crutching time. They are generally large framed, plain-bodied sheep that mature quickly. These characteristics make the breed highly fertile, and easy to handle and care for.
Grays Hills Station stocks 1600 sheep: 5000 ewes, 1000 two tooth ewes, 2500 ewe hogs


Stud Principals: Sherie & Mark Urquhart
Gray’s Hills Station, New Zealand

Established: 1962 from Flock 116 (est 1938)
Stud Classer: A D Paterson
Ewe Numbers: 550 MA ewes, 100 2ths
Sale Method: Private. End Feb/Mar


Area: 22,000 hectares 
Rainfall: 400mm<
Stock Numbers: 6,200 ewes, 4,500 MA wethers, 1,000 wether hoggets, 2,000 ewe hoggets, 300 Angus cows, 50 replacement heifers


Runs 5500 commercial ewes under dryland conditions. 1200 are mated to terminal sires (Suffolk & Border Leicester). 3000 replacement hoggets and 4500 MA wethers are run on areas less suitable for lambing. Lucerne hay and grain are fed for long cold winters.