Stud Merino Breeders Association of Tasmania

tasmania1Congratulation to Gabby Horton who won the New Zealand exchange in 2018. The two week participant exchange between New Zealand and Tasmania is of benefit to younger Merino breeders and is sponsored by Roberts Ltd. Expressions of interest for the 2020 New Zealand exchange should be addressed to the Secretary (details below). 

Whilst the fortunes in marketing Tasmania continue to raise visions of a fresh, clean, green and unspoilt environment, the superior qualities of soft ultra and superfine fleece are also close to mind. However when it comes to wool production, Tasmanian producers are able to provide a high degree of choice in sheep and wool types.

From an historical perspective, Tasmania’s first formal Merino promotion commenced in 1947 and by 1986 the Stud Merino Breeders Association of Tasmania (SMBAT) was formed and joined the national body with 23 registered studs. Today in 2019, the number of registered stud members is 41.

SMBAT Objectives

The Stud Merino Breeders Association of Tasmania (SMBAT) promotes and encourages the breeding, sales and improvement of pure Merino and Poll Merino sheep, preserving our heritage and breeding history whilst endeavoring to be innovative and encourage further involvement in our industry. We endeavor to keep abreast and be proactive on national and international issues that affect our Industry and keep our membership informed.

Our aim is to provide members with technical support in research and development, recognizing that as an Island State we are in a unique environment to become leaders of wool and meat production. We feel it is imperative to promote and assist hands on learning and knowledge for our youth and to provide exchange programs and encourage event participation for youth and all members.

The SMBAT Multi Vendor Ram Sale is held on Friday December 6 at the Campbell Town Showgrounds.  See events for more information. 

SMBAT Office: 1976 Tunnack Rd, Baden 7120 Ph: 03 6254 7198 E:


Upcoming Events in Tasmania

Refer to the "Upcoming Events" page  or contact the SMBAT office