$2000 bales make for a happy visit

Countryman - - WOOL - Bob Gar­nant

While the Western Mar­ket In­di­ca­tor found fur­ther cor­rec­tion last week, WA wool­grow­ers were still re­ceiv­ing strong prices as com­pared to last year.

Val­ues for both Merino fleece and cross­bred wool held quite strongly com­pared to the same time last year and sheep pro­duc­ers who dab­ble in both wool and meat are en­joy­ing ex­cep­tional farm gate re­turns.

Bridgetown sheep pro­ducer Ken Arm­strong, his wife Leonie and son Dean, along with reg­u­lar vis­its from their daugh­ter Belinda Meehan, run 1200 Merino Tech blood pure Merino breed­ers at their farm­ing prop­er­ties, In­ver­ness and Glover, which has been part of the fam­ily’s 108-year reign in the Shire.

Their Novem­ber-shorn Glover’s wool clip re­ceived the best prices ever last week when they of­fered 58 bales, in­clud­ing 42 bales of Merino fleece wool, through Dyson Jones, which swept the floor at over $2000/bale.

The Arm­strong’s best-priced line was from six bales of 18mi­cron fleece wool with a length of 100mm and yield of 69 per cent and shorn from 1.5 to 2.5-year-old ewes, selling for 1558c/kg greasy.

“This be­ing our first ever visit to the wool sale, it was a very nice re­sult and we came away with more con­fi­dence,” Mr Arm­strong said.

“It was very sur­pris­ing how fast and ef­fi­cient wool is sold at the auc­tion.”

The Arm­strong’s pro­duce mostly first cross lambs us­ing Poll Dorset rams over some 800 Merino ewes while they also run a 400-head self-re­plac­ing Merino ewe flock in which Mr Arm­strong classes the ewe lambs into the ap­pro­pri­ate wool or meat pro­duc­tion lines.

“We se­lect for easy care and the good wool types go to work in the re­place­ment flock,” he said.

“Our ram sup­plier, Ben Webb, knows our re­quire­ments and he ar­ranges to have the right rams de­liv­ered to our farm as needed.

“Our lambing av­er­age re­mains at 100 per cent as an in­di­ca­tion of ge­netic progress.

“At the mo­ment wool is go­ing very well and our cross­bred lambs’ wool also re­ceived top money with the best line selling for 831c/kg greasy.”

Mr Arm­strong learned the sheep trade from his fa­ther Bob and selling cross­bred lambs to V & V Walsh goes back a long way at In­ver­ness.

“We aim to sell 21kg dressed weight lambs at six months-of-age and the feed­back has been ex­cel­lent,” he said.

“Bridgetown is ideal for pro­duc­ing sheep; good con­sis­tent rain­fall into our heavy loam soil coun­try which av­er­ages 26 inches an­nu­ally.

“My grand­fa­ther and fa­ther would both be proud of what we ac­com­plished with our wool­clip this year and par­tic­u­larly that Dean is keen to con­tinue run­ning the farm when it is his time.”

“Belinda also loves com­ing back to the farm to soak up the rich her­itage which goes way back to my grand­par­ents who im­mi­grated from Scot­land. In keep­ing with Scot­tish tra­di­tion, we also run some 60 An­gus steers.”

Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Dis­play­ing their best-priced Merino fleece wool were Bridgetown sheep pro­ducer and wool­grower Ken Arm­strong (right), pic­tured with his daugh­ter Belinda Meehan, of Ro­ley­stone, farm­ing neigh­bor Bardy McFar­lane, and Dyson Jones agent Lyn­don Hosk­ing.

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