Blyth Merinos have great carcases. A high proportion of Blyth Merino young rams have breeding values in the top 10% nationally for eye muscle depth, as indicated in the loin chop photo adjacent.
Blyth Merino ewes are framed sheep with wide backs, different to the traditional fine wool growing merino. The wide back comes as the eye muscle size and the fat depth increases.
Sheep with eye muscle and fat reserves give the following advantages:
- higher chance of surviving and raising her lamb to weaning in a drought
- higher chance of raising multiple births (twins and triplets) to weaning
- the carcase will have a higher end value due to the greater meat to bone yield