Why the Welsh are emigrating to Australia


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From Yahoo News -

Australian farmers called to report ugly sheep Tuesday August 15, 08:12 AM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists have called on the country's farmers to report any ugly sheep found in their flocks.

A campaign called "Xtreme sheep" aims to study sheep with undesirable wool features to unlock the genetic makeup of the prized merino and ensure production of its high quality fleece.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) said on Tuesday its search for "Australia's ugliest merino lambs" may hold the key to securing the nation's A$2.8 billion (1.1 billion pound) wool industry.

The institute said ugly lambs -- with uneven wool, strange fibres, clumps of wool that fall out, bare patches, no wool, or highly wrinkled skin -- are usually culled by farmers.

"Before sending them to the abattoir, we'd like farmers to talk to us first, because studying animals with extreme features offers one of the most efficient ways to find good genes that can impact on certain wool traits," said project leader Simon Bawden.

"It might seem a paradox that ugly wool may be good, but when looking through a genetic profile, the random genetic mistakes act like a flag, speeding up our search to finding genes critical to wool formation and synthesis," Bawden told reporters

The institute hopes to the DNA study will lead to improvements in Australia's merino wool, making it stretchier, less scratchy, shinier and easier to spin, and better able to compete against synthetic fibres.

So far only 10 ugly sheep have been found this lambing season, which stretches from April to September, when statistically there could be hundreds, said the institute.
Welshmen with particular skills in recognising ugly sheep are being given special emigration preference as they are classed as 'skilled' workers. :lol: :wink:
That's really really funny- oh hang on! I'm sorry, that should have read 'Feck off you sporran wearing haggis chasing whisky drinking bagpipe playing porridge wog'
see, I can do rubbish stereotype jokes as well!!
Because Australia has got a good rugby team and Australian birds never say no? :wink:

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