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For further information and quotations, please contact us via:


91-101 New Dookie Road,
Shepparton, Victoria, 3630

PO Box 2074,
Rose Bay North,
New South Wales, 2030

+61 414 273 449




Nibor Australia Pty Ltd


Packed on pallets about 900 – 1000kg each. The number of skins on each pallet depends on wool length. There are 20 pallets per 20ft container.

Unit of Sale

Nibor Australia Pty Ltd

Skins are sold per piece. Minimum order is 1 FCL (Full Container Load).

All our sales and conditions are based on the International Hide and Skin Contract which is drawn up by I.C.H.S.L.T.A. (International Council Hide, Skin and Leather Traders Association) and I.C.T. (International Council of Tanners).


Nibor Australia Pty Ltd

Sheep and Lamb Skins:

The Crossbred sheep are grown mainly for meat production. As such, Crossbred sheep have a higher slaughter rate and these skins account for about 60% of Australian sheep/lamb skin production. Skins are assorted in three categories:

  • New Season Unshorn Spring Lambskins
  • Shorn lambskins
  • Sheepskins from mature sheep


Skins are headtrimmed and placed in a slow turning drum with fresh fine stoved salt containing bactericides and fungicides. Drums are rotated for approximately 90 minutes. 2.5-3kg of salt per skin is used.

Wool Style:

Good colour; free or nearly free of burr and/or seed; may include light dusty but high yielding skins.

Light to moderate bury and/or seed and/or dusty and/or heavier conditioned wool and/or discoloured wool. May include slightly damaged wool.

Pelt Quality:

Abattoir standard pelts of good shape may include light rib, free from flay and knife cuts, free from seed.

Abattoir standard pelts may include light rib, neck and/or flank cuts, slightly misshapen, light belly seed, otherwise similar to firsts.

Abattoir standard pelts may contain medium rib and/or light to medium seed and/or cuts, misshapen. Prime area free of main defects.

May contain cuts and/or heavy rib and/or seed and/or misshapen, or otherwise damaged. Badly damaged skins or inferior pelts are excluded.

About Australian Sheep

Nibor Australia Pty Ltd

The Australian rural landscape is uniquely suited to sheep, with our relatively mild climate extending over vast areas of natural grassland. The outstanding feature of the Australian sheep flock is the overwhelming influence feature of a single breed – The Australian Merino – which is grazed primarily for its heavy fleece of fine quality wool. Almost 70 percent of all Australian sheep are pure Merino with most of the remainder at least part Merino blood.

Though the Australian Merino derives its name and basic appearance from the famed Royal Flocks of Spain, it is in every way a distinct breed in its own right, developed and adapted to the specific conditions in Australia.

Australian Merino is not a single homogenous breed but a number of “strains” of sheep. The four basic strains are:


The “Border/Merino” Crossbred:

Most popular cross breed of sheep in Australia is the “Border Merino” Crossbred and comprises the ewe progeny from Border Leicester rams mated to Merinos ewes. The vast majority of Australian lambs slaughtered for meat are from “Border/Merino” ewes mated “Downs” breed rams (e.g. Poll Dorset or Southdown).

A number of breeds have been developed and “fixed” genetically by breeders in Australia and New Zealand. Foremost of these are the Corriedale and Polwarth, though the Perendale, Tukidale and Drysdale are also important.



This breed was produced by crossing the Lincoln and Merino and then carefully selecting the progeny to fix a desirable type. The Corriedale was developed simultaneously in New Zealand and Australia and it is now one of the world’s most successful dual purpose (wool and meat) breeds.



This breed was developed in Victoria, by starting with a Lincoln/Merino first cross and then crossing back to the Merino again. Some Polwarths are to be found in New Zealand and South America but they are principally confined to Southern Australia and in particular Tasmania and Victoria.
While Corriedale thrives in diversity of climates – on saltbush country or highly improved pastures, Polwarth are mainly raised in higher rainfall areas where it is more tolerant of prolonged periods of wet weather than Merino.


British Breeds:

There are a large number of breeds which came to Australia from England and are used primarily in the production of sheep meats.
The commercially important amoung these breeds are:

  • Border Leicester
  • Southdown
  • Romney
  • Dorsethorn
  • Poll Dorset


A number of other breeds are found in Australia but at present are of little commercial importance. These breeds are:


  • Lincoln
  • Cheviot
  • English Leicester


  • Shorpshire
  • Suffolk
  • Ryeland
  • South Suffolk
  • Hampshire Down
  • Wiltshire


Nibor Australia Pty Ltd

Nibor Australia Pty Ltd, with it’s warehouse in Shepparton, Victoria and head office in Sydney, specialises in the supply of raw sheep and lamb skins to tanners and dressers worldwide.
Nibor is a family owned business and we pride ourselves on the immaculate reputation for reliability and quality of products and services provided locally as well as to clients worldwide.

Nibor Australia Pty Ltd, is a member of the Australian Hide, Skin and Leather Export Association (A.H.S.L.E.A.)

Nibor Australia Pty Ltd is the best positioned in order to supply and satisfy the growing demands of the sheepskin tanners, both now and in future. For the tanners and dressers today, working with Nibor means most practical and most reliable supply of different types and qualities of Australian sheep and lamb skins.

All skins are of abattoir slaughtered animals.