South African Meat Merino-SAMM

South African Meat Merino-SAMM

The South African Meat Merino or SAMM is a wool and meat sheep originating in South Africa, but now found throughout the world. The SAMM has been developed as a versatile, hardy, polled dual-purpose breed. Ewes have a good maternal instinct and high milk production. Mature ewes will grow up to about 210 lb and rams to over 220 lb. Ewes will produce 7.7 lb to 9.9 lb of medium/strong wool. The wool is classified separately from the higher quality wool of Merinos, to avoid the risk of contamination of the latter with hair and kemp fibre from the SAMM wool. The SAMM is bred specifically to produce a slaughter lamb at an early age 77 lb at 100 days of age.

NSIP Breed Coordinator

Dwight Kitzan
Kitzan Sheep
18293 Sheep Corner Rd.
Nisland, SD 57762
phone: 605-257-2105

INSTRUCTIONS: If you put cursor over a pin and click the breeders information will appear. On some of the breeders maps the pins are so close together on the zoomed out map that you can not see all the pins marking individual breeders. For those situations I recommend clicking on the blue words below the map to see a larger version that also shows the list of breeders in alphabetical order along the side.

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