Stud Merino Breeders Association of Tasmania
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.
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 2020, the number of registered stud members is some 46.
Tasmania continues to raise visions of a fresh, clean, green and unspoilt environment, the superior qualities of soft ultra and superfine fleece. When it comes to wool production, Tasmanian producers are able to provide a high degree of choice in sheep and wool types. We are all watching with interest developments in the current Wool market. Despite the challenges of Covid19, there is a growing shift in world demand for better sustainability and solutions towards a healtheir planet with less plastic fibres. SMBAT believe the Tasmanian Merino and Wool Industry are very well positioned for future opportunties.
SMBAT Office: 1976 Tunnack Rd, Baden 7120 Ph: 03 6254 7198 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Left: James Brazendale
Right: Josie McEwan and Frank Chester
Upcoming Events in Tasmania
New Zealand Exchange
Due to Corona Virus the 2020 Exchange to New Zealand did not take place. Any person interested in applying is urged to contact the SMBAT office below and details about the next exchange will be sent out when it is available.
SMBAT Multi Vendor Ram Sale
This event is usually held on the first Friday in December each year at the Campbell Town Showgrounds. 2020 has seen many upheavals within the Merino shows and sales, one being the Midlands Agricultural Association Campbell Town Show being postponed for the first time in its history. As a one-off event it is being propsed that the Annual Stud Merino Breeders Association of Tasmania ram sale be held on the first Saturday of December to coincide with the MAA Campbell Town Show fleece show. We will keep you informed of progress in these very uncertain times