Breed Description

The Australian Finnsheep

Head

General: Free from horns or scurs, which do not move on the skull. Wedge shaped with a strong jaw not exceeding past the dental pad.
Face: Free of wool, covered with soft fine white hair. Lips and nostrils preferably pink.
Eyes: Well set, bright and alert not protruding. Some pigmentation on eyelids preferred.
Ears: Medium, lively, mobile, pointed tips.

Body

Back: Level and strong. Shoulders should be level with the back.
Hindquarters: Broad, square and deep well boned with reasonable muscling. Natural tail short [< 15cm], well set. Clean short wool surrounding tail.
Legs: Medium length, free of wool, medium pasterns that are strong. Hooves are white.
Skin: Healthy pink, supple.

Fleece

Should be even, soft and lustrous. White wool with good even staple length and lock. Crimp well defined and even from staple base to tip. There should be no kemp (short frosty fibres) or gare (stronger modulated fibre i.e. carpet wool fibre) through the fleece. Fleece should extend well up the neck to the ears.

Carcase

Low subcutaneous fat as body reserves are held around the internal organs.

Carriage

Carriage is alert, free and active. Should be of good constitution with large abdominal capacity.

General appearance

Breeders must maintain the maternal traits of the breed, selecting for fertility, milking and mothering. Rams should be masculine and robust, with large, even, firm testicles.