The Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association is a large, stable and long-established body that currently provides registration services for 22 British, Australian and Imported breeds of sheep.

ASSBA registers more sheep breeds than any other body in Australia.  We can justifiably claim to be the only stud sheep registration body to take an industry-wide view.  We provide individual breed societies with the freedom to promote their own breed while releasing them from the onerous task of providing registration services.

Details of all flocks registered by the ASSBA are included in the Australian Flock Register, which is published annually and distributed Australia-wide, to the New Zealand Sheep Breeders’ Association and other overseas Breed Societies as well as to the National and State Libraries and major agricultural colleges.

The Association covers ASSBA members for Public Liability and Bodily Injury under our Federal insurance policies while attending meetings and events run by ASSBA and its affiliated Breed Societies.

ASSBA is a recognised provider of export services.

Commercial breeders and other interested people can also subscribe to purchase a flock book and/or the Muster; or they can join ASSBA as a “member without a flock”.

Description of a Charollais Sheep

  • The Charollais is a terminal sire bred so emphasis on selection should be placed on its excellent fleshing qualities and growth.
  • The purpose of the breed is to breed rams for crossing with commercial ewes to produce quality meat lambs for slaughter. Easy lambing is an important trait associated with the breed so skeletal structure to ensure this is essential.
  • Feet, legs, teeth, shoulders should be select to normal sheep breeding standards of excellence.
  • The Charollais is a wedge shaped sheep. The brisket should slope in line with the neck by not protruding lower.
  • Fleece should be down type with adequate staple length. A good birth coat is necessary.
  • Fleece cover to at least the base of the ears.
  • Black spots and britchy wool should be discouraged.
  • Head and legs should be free of wool, with a colour range from white to charcoal; bare skin on the face and ears should be discouraged. Bare skin around the anus and vulva is to be encouraged.
  • Feet pigmentation should be black or as dark as possible.

(Taken from the New Zealand Flock Book, Volume 114)