Prime Samms were originally derived from the German Mutton Merino. They are a dual purpose sheep, bred for both meat and wool production. The breed was introduced into South Africa where it became the South African Meat Merino or SAMM after the breed became adapted to the harsher climate and further selection improved carcass and wool quality. The breed was then introduced to Australia and is well suited to our climate, particularly in low rainfall areas.
Samms have made a firm niche in our wool and Prime Lamb markets as a breed on their own and also crossed with Australian Merinos where wool quality is still high whilst improving carcass, milk production, growth rates and lambing percentages.
Ongoing selection pressure and research are ensuring continuing improvements in genetic traits and economic returns. Links to research papers can be found at:
Tiarri Samms purchased top quality embryos in 2005, 2006 and 2007 from Rockdale Stud in Dumbleyoung which has given us a solid foundation for our ongoing breeding program. Our stud in its early stages has already won awards at Perth Royal Show, Wagin Woolarama and WAMMCO producer of the month.