Air of op­ti­mism cap­tured

Narrogin Observer - - Observer News -

The Merino ram sell­ing sea­son be­gan with in­spec­tion field days through­out the south­ern Wheat­belt and Great South­erns in the past few weeks.

At the Lewis­dale field day, at Wick­epin, 8kg to 11kg fleece wools were be­ing freshly shorn and a drone cap­tured all the ac­tion in a video pro­duc­tion. Stud rep­re­sen­ta­tive John Sher­lock was back on his feet af­ter his re­cent stay in hos­pi­tal.

Trav­el­ling fur­ther south, Coun­try­man vis­ited six venues for the Great South­ern Stud Merino Field Days.

The Sprigg fam­ily at East Strath­glen in Broome­hill wel­comed vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing the Toovey fam­ily, of Cran­brook, who were in­spect­ing for the first time.

“I like the dual-pur­pose qual­ity,” Ge­orge Toovey said.

At Mianelup, reg­u­lar South Aus­tralian vis­i­tor Peter Meyer, of Mul­loorie stud, caught up with stud co-prin­ci­pal Ross Richard­son.

Over at An­gle­sey, Gnowangerup wool­grower Brenton Hink­ley said he re­ceived 740c/ kg for his belly wool pieces and was think­ing how he could run more sheep.

At Wille­menup, Dion Let­ter said he had plenty of wethers in his wool pro­duc­tion sys­tem.

Bor­den wool­grower Jaxon Peakall was im­pressed with the size of the Bar­loo rams.

At Wood­yarrup, Boyup Brook wool­grower Chris Rhodes ad­mired the qual­ity of the pen of Merino rams se­lected for the El­ders Four com­pe­ti­tion.

All in all, wool­grow­ers were in good spir­its on ac­count of re­cent rains. Al­though pad­dock feed is short, the crops are sprout­ing and talk of higher wool prices con­tin­ues to spread op­ti­mism.

Look­ing over the An­gle­sey rams were farm­hand Kaleb Haynes, Gnowangerup wool­grower Brenton Hink­ley and An­gle­sey stud co-prin­ci­pal Nick Crich­ton.

Peter Scan­lan and Trevor Smith, of Scan­lan Wools, Lewis­dale stud co-prin­ci­pal Ray Lewis, and wool­classer Larry Bruce look over freshly shorn fleeces.

In­spect­ing Pallinup rams were Tam­bellup wool­grower Nick Lock­yer, with Kristy and Lach­lan Lewis, of Pallinup stud.

At the Wille­menup ram shed were Gnowangerup wool­grower Dion Let­ter and Wille­menup co-prin­ci­pal Col­lyn Gar­nett.

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