In 1989 a group was formed to conduct Merino Sire Evaluation in the New England district of NSW. In December 1992, the New England Merino Sire Evaluation Association was formed. The first program of insemination was conducted at ‘Mirani’ near Walcha, in April 1990 .
The aim of the New England Merino Sire Evaluation Association is to demonstrate genetic potential and to benchmark local and interstate sires under the same environmental conditions. The program has operated with assistance from CSIRO Livestock Industries, NSW Department Primary Industries, University of New South Wales and the University of New England.