Mul­lans show Merino fo­cus wins with first supreme ti­tle

Countryman - - NEWS - Bob Gar­nant

Af­ter two decades of ex­hibit­ing Merino sheep at WA shows, the Mullan fam­ily of Eastville Park stud took out their first supreme ti­tle at the IGA Perth Royal Show last week­end.

Stud co-prin­ci­pal Rob Mullan, of Wick­epin, said it was im­por­tant to keep Meri­nos in fo­cus, “out in front of the pub­lic eye”.

“The wool in­dus­try has never been health­ier, al­though we have faced some tough seasonal con­di­tions this year,” he said.

Mr Mullan, who runs the Eastville Park and Quailerup West studs with his wife Lee-Ann and son Grantly and his wife Elise and son Todd, strives for sheep that are easy do­ing, heavy cut­ting and “good com­mer­cial types. Our main driver is prof­itabil­ity for our ram­buy­ing clients, with the ma­jor­ity of them lo­cated in the Wheat­belt.

“With our stud se­lec­tions, we are rigid on struc­ture.”

Claim­ing two grand cham­pion broad rib­bons at the Show for full­wool Poll Meri­nos, and a few cham­pion rib­bons for au­tumn-shorn Meri­nos, suc­cess for the Mul­lans had fol­lowed their ded­i­ca­tion.

The lead­ing ex­am­ple was from their full-wool four-tooth Poll Merino ram, which judge John Dalla, of Or­rie Cowie stud, Wa­rooka, SA, said had scale and was highly pro­duc­tive.

The 20.5 mi­cron ram was sired by Kam­bal­lie Axle and out of an Eastville Park ewe, go­ing back to Coro­man­del 2.

Stand­ing promi­nently in the supreme judg­ing line-up against four other grand cham­pi­ons, the judges unan­i­mously gave the big, Eastville Park ram the nod.

Eastville Park’s other grand cham­pion win came from a four­tooth full-wool Poll Merino ewe which was bred out of a Coro­man­del syn­di­cate and mea­sured 17.4 mi­crons. Mr Dalla said the ewe had nour­ish­ment in the wool and a won­der­ful top-line.

Also in the top grand cham­pion awards was a Clay­pans’ four-tooth full-wool Merino ram, which judge Si­mon Bahr, of Meadow View stud, Henty, NSW, said had a good bar­rel with long white sta­ple-length wool.

The Bolt fam­ily, of Clay­pans, also won the grand cham­pion ram, au­tumn-shorn award for a twotooth Poll Merino ram which was also sashed with the ju­nior cham­pion rib­bon. The 18.8 mi­cron ram with a 100 per cent com­fort fac­tor was sired by Old Ashrose 445.

The But­ton fam­ily, of Ma­nunda stud, won the grand cham­pion au­tumn-shorn ewe award.

Lee-Ann and Rob Mullan.

Rob and Grantly Mullan.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

Eastville’s ewe.

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