In 1865, the late George Merriman founded the Ravensworth Stud in
the Yass district of New South Wales. The Merryville Stud,
formerly a portion of the original Ravensworth Stud, began in a
small way in 1903 and was founded on some of the purest and best
Merino blood in Australia including Birangambil and Cullenbone (Mudgee)
and Tasmanian studs such as Winton and Glasslough.
After the death of George Merriman in 1915, the Ravensworth Stud
was divided between his three sons. After acquiring his share, Sir
Walter Merriman (as he was known after his knighthood in 1954) went
on to breed a type of Merino which is now known today as the "Merryville"
The Merryville Stud remained predominantly of 'Saxon' type
until the late 1920's after which time Sir Walter selected
specific Peppin sheep to join to the strongest Merryville
Stud ewes. At this time a Wanganella ram called 'Sir
Francis' was purchased to create a medium wool 'family' within
the stud. Today, many of the fine/medium families can
be traced back to this ram.
There are four main sections that make up the Merryville
Stud, Ultra Fine 17.3 micron, Super Fine 18 micron, Fine
19 micron and Medium 20 micron. Each of these is line
bred to their own type to give pre-potency and consistency
and are basically four individual studs