Mullans show Merino focus wins with first supreme title
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.