Almost extinct Carpet wool sheep : Elliottdale

Elliottdale sheep raised mainly for wool. The wool is used to make a carpet with the fleece weighs about 6 kg. The Elliott Research Station in Tasmania developed the  Elliottdale sheep from 1967 to 1976. 

Elliottdale sheep breed information

The breed is medium size, uni-colored and white.

The fleece weighs about 6 kg which has a staple length of 120 to 200 mm.

The fleece diameter is around 40 microns which is suitable for making a carpet.

The adult Elliottdale sheep requires shearing twice a year.

Rams can be horned and ewes are polled.

The weight of mature Elliottdale ram is 70 kg(155 lb) and the ewe is 55 kg(120 lb)

Dual-purpose breed, raised for both wool and meat

Things to know

Elliottdale sheep is developed from New Zealand Drysdale ram and a Merino/Border Leicester cross ewe.  As this breed did not include the carpet wool characteristic gene, they went along with Tasmanian Romney flock.

Development of the Elliottdale breed continued using a base flock of Romney ewes, many showing some carpet-wool characteristics.

By 1972 the top selected rams were bred true and that the breed had become fixed in type.

Elliottdale breed is at serious risk of extinction.

The breed of sheep that are used to extract the carpet wool are carpet master, Drysdale, Elliottdale, and Tukidale.

Brief characteristics of Elliottdale sheep

Breed NameElliottdale sheep
Other Name 
Country/Place of OriginTasmania
Breed Purposewool
Breed Sizemedium
70 kg(155 lb)
Ewe(Female)55 kg(120 lb)
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing  and Stall-fed
Climate ToleranceAll Climates

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