Poll Dorsets are the most commonly used sire for the production of prime lambs in Australia. Ewes are noted for their high fertility, mothering and milking abilitiy. The characteristics of the breed such as rapid growth rate, superior fleshing and muscular development make them ideally suited for the meat trade. Lambs sired by Poll Dorsets can satisfy the lightweight Middle Eastern market, the local market or the export market to the USA at 20 to 25kg or heavier. Poll Dorset carcasses have excelled in Australian carcase competitions having very good eye muscle and a good lean to fat ratio. Poll Dorset genes have also been a major contributor to the developing White Suffolk breed and almost all other prime lamb composite breeds in Australia.
In 1992 Meat Elite Australia was established by a group of Poll Dorset breeders to share genetics, and progeny test elite young sires to identify animals that will benefit the Australian sheep meat industry.