Prices keep fleece fashionable
Miling farmer Des Seymour is in no doubt that there’s good money to be made in wool.
Mr Seymour was delighted to sell a three-bale line of Merino fleece for 1226 cents a kilogram greasy last week through Landmark.
“We just sold the last of our green tag ewes’ wool, which made equal top money to when we sold our main line of 140 bales earlier in the year,” he said.
Sheep go back to Mr Seymour’s grandfather, Henry, who started with a flock of South Down stud ewes in 1908 as a pioneer in the Miling district.
“My father began farming in 1936 with a Merino cross Border Leicester flock,” he said.
Mr Seymour and his wife Jean, now run 2300 Eungai blood Merino breeding ewes with their sons Ken, Alan and Paul on an 80/20 cropping/sheep property which has been hit with the most unseasonal conditions since the drought of 1969.
“Luckily, the sheep have been doing well off the natural vegetation in the salt-affected area of the farm,” he said.
“Through the summer, we will have lupins and stubble to keep the sheep in good order. This year has been a good example of how a mixed farm reduces risk.
“We are expecting a below-average harvest, maybe 50 per cent of the crop we had the year before, and with sheep and wool values equal to the best they have been, we will be looking forward to our next Manjii woolclip, shorn in February, with renewed interest.”
Miling farmer Des Seymour paid a visit to the Western Wool Centre last week, where his family’s Manjii wool prices again reflected the importance of running Merino sheep.