The Yanko Merino Stud

The Yanko is a 13,000 hectare property, situated 30 kilometres north of Jerilderie. The Yanko Merino Stud was established in 1987 and is owned and managed by Hugh and Heather Cameron. The Yanko currently runs 800 stud merino ewes and 5500 commercial merino ewes.  Both the stud and flock are classed by Michael Elmes.

Merino and Poll Merino Rams are sold at The Yanko’s On-Property Sale on the 4th Thursday in September.

150 rams are sold to South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.


Breeding Objectives

The Yanko have for many years used breeding values within the Stud. This year Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) will be available to assist clients with their ram selections. The use of breeding values will provide clients with greater information on each ram; helping to select sires possessing the traits that best suit their operation and have the biggest impact on their bottom line. We endeavour to provide clients with the most up to date tools for the selection of their genetics, and with the help of ASBVs you will be able to assess a ram in terms of its fleece, carcase and fertility traits.

The Yanko is using the Merino Production Plus index to maintain micron and increase fleece weight, body weight, reproduction, eye muscle depth and fat depth traits. For our own selection of rams we will continue to use a combination of visual and objective measures to produce rams displaying stylish medium wool, with good length of staple and a high wool cut along with good carcase traits providing an all-round, general purpose sheep suitable to any climate.