Prices keep fleece fash­ion­able

Countryman - - WOOL - Bob Gar­nant

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.”

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

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.

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