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
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