Fam­ily rev­els in top val­ues for wool

Great Southern Herald - - News - Bob Gar­nant

The Banks fam­ily of Ko­jonup were cel­e­brat­ing their 2017 wool har­vest re­wards af­ter re­ceiv­ing top val­ues at the West­ern Wool Cen­tre’s auc­tion room last week.

Richard and Leonie Banks, and their daugh­ter Sarah, were very pleased with the prices re­ceived through Dyson Jones for their of­fer­ing of 78 bales of Septem­ber­shorn fleece wool, which all sold to a top-price of 1534 cents/kg greasy.

The Banks’ 12-bale top-line of 17.7 mi­cron wool had a yield of 69.3 per cent, length of 95mm for 12 months growth and a strength of 39.

“It has been a tight year, with low rain­fall, but we have man­aged well by feed­ing out an ex­tra 200 tonnes to keep the ewes in good con­di­tion and our May/June lamb­ing was over 100 per cent,” Mr Banks said.

Mrs Banks, who wool­classes the fam­ily’s YH20/Yolan­der clip, said the yield was slightly down this year be­cause of the sea­son, but the fleeces had very low mid-break, which was a huge bonus.

The Banks have been on Cran­more blood­lines for more than 40 years and run a 5000 self-re­plac­ing merino and poll merino flock.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the low co­ef­fi­cient of vari­a­tion in our wool, which is de­rived from the in­fu­sion of the next gen­er­a­tion of Cran­more rams we buy ev­ery year,” Mrs Banks said.

“Over the 10 lines we of­fered to­day, the av­er­age CV was 15.”

The Banks have a fur­ther 80 bales of fleece wool to mar­ket plus lambs wool.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

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