Extract from the Bylaws of the
The Inspectors of the Society grade sheep to be
registered for stud breeding.
The following gradings are
only awarded at recognised breed shows, which shall
include the Pretoria Show and any other show the Society
chooses to recognise as a grading show:
E – Elite. The top grading awarded at the National
Championships and only to the very best of breeding
animals that display superior qualities in terms of the
breed. Rams must be at least 24 months old and ewes 18
months. DNA samples may be taken of all rams graded E
and which have not been profiled at the time the
grading was awarded. DNA costs shall be for the account
of the owner.
M – Merit. A grading given to superior animals over 12
months of age that are highly recommended for breeding.
S – Superior. A grading given to animals over 12
months of age that are recommended for breeding.
A – Acceptable. Animals over 12 months of age
suitable for commercial production.
I – Insufficient. Animals that should not be bred
Animals under 12 months are not graded, but are
described as Very Promising, Promising or Less
The highest grading awarded shall be
added to an animal’s name to be reflected on the