Top price for 2017

Alan’s Yaloke Meri­nos de­liver fleeces to be cel­e­brated

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS - By JAMIE LOWE

De­niliquin sheep farmer Alan Wragge has achieved what is be­lieved to be the high­est wool price of the year.

Mr Wragge sold his 17.8 mi­cron fleece for $3105 per bale, earn­ing 1545 cents per greasy kilo­gram and 2210 cents per clean kilo­gram.

It had 69.9 per cent yield, with 78mm length and 37 new­tons per kilo­gram.

It was har­vested from his Wood­park blood­line Merino rams bred at his prop­erty ‘Yaloke’.

The wool was sold by Land­mark wool man­ager War­ren Bull, who said he was was quite im­pressed by the prod­uct.

‘‘It’s cer­tainly one of the high­est prices I’ve seen in the dis­trict for a long time,’’ Mr Bull said.

‘‘For 18 mi­cron wool, the cur­rent av­er­age is 2148 clean price per kilo, so Alan’s was above av­er­age.’’

The se­cret to the mas­sive sale was quite sim­ple, ac­cord­ing to Mr Wragge, who started shear­ing ear­lier than nor­mal this sea­son.

‘‘The past two years I’ve shorn them a few months ear­lier (than usual),’’ he said.

‘‘It made a huge dif­fer­ence in the qual­ity of wool. That de­ci­sion has paid off quite well.’’

Mr Bull said wool sales have been boom­ing of late, with last year’s av­er­age sale price be­ing 1629 clean price per kg.

Com­par­ing that to the 10 year av­er­age of 1337c/kg, Mr Wragge said he was happy with how things were go­ing.

‘‘What a time it is to be a sheep farmer,’’ he said.

‘‘You can’t com­plain at all with those num­bers.’’

Mr Wragge is a fifth gen­er­a­tion sheep farmer in the Wakool dis­trict, with his an­ces­tors among the orig­i­nal set­tlers at Wakool.

His grand­fa­ther, also named Alan, was the first to live and work at ‘Yaloke’.

‘‘It’s a bit of a fam­ily busi­ness re­ally,’’ he said.

‘‘Meri­nos have been the main­stay at Yaloke, so I’m proud to be keep­ing the tra­di­tion alive.

‘‘We trade as Tulla Pas­toral, which is the orig­i­nal farm that my an­ces­tors set­tled at.’’

Land­mark wool man­ager War­ren Bull, with Rowena Jack­son and Alan Wragge from ‘Yaloke’, and ‘Yaloke’ farm man­ager Jon Burge.

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