Merino Success Story: David and Debbie Mullins (NSW)

IT has been a tough few seasons for Manildra sheep producers David and Debbie Mullins, but if one thing has shone through, it’s the hardiness of the Merino. The Mullins’ property, Pinetrees-Bocobra Valley, spans 1010 hectares near Manildra, New South Wales, with a further 142ha leased.

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Merino Success Story – Andrew Calvert (TAS)

WHEN weighing up the option of having one income stream versus two, it just makes good business sense to go with the latter. That is just one of many reasons why livestock consultant Andrew Calvert is passionate about Merinos – the true dual-purpose nature of the breed.

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Merino Success Story – Craig Wright (SA)

A BACKGROUND in shearing has made third generation Charra farmer Craig Wright quite particular about his wool quality. Low rainfall and short seasons are just two of the challenges faced by the Wrights on their coastal property, but after four generations of farming they have come to know what works.

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Merino Success Story – Bob and Stephen Tohl (SA)

DESIGNATED weaning paddocks, culling of dry ewes, feed lotting, supplementary feeding and genetic selection are some of the tools utilised by Mid North SA farmers Bob and Stephen Tohl to maximise productivity of their Merino enterprise.

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Merino Success Story – Rod Taylor (WA)

LOOKING back over his 37 years of farming, Rod Taylor can recall a time when wool prices were just $2.40/kg. Such memories make it all the sweeter now his clip averages $15/kg plus, and when you’re running 51,000 Merinos, it’s a rather comfortable position to be in.

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Merino Success Story – Michael Pratt (QLD)

WHEN Mike Pratt looks at his Merinos, all he can see is growth. Growth of flock numbers, growth in genetic advances, physical growth of meat and wool, growth in his local community and growth of the entire Merino industry across Queensland and Australia.

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Merino Success Story – Rob O’Connor (TAS)

WHEN the figures started stacking up, Tasmanian farmer Rob O’Connor figured it was time to breed more Merino ewes. Six years ago, after extensive analysis of his mixed sheep enterprise, Rob decided to sideline his crossbreeding program and shift his focus back to refining his Merino genetics and boosting his…

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Merino Success Story – Dean Wheaton (VIC)

DEAN Wheaton didn’t think his Merinos could perform any better than the 2017 season. Then along came 2018. Wool prices increased by 30 per cent, sheep values continued to climb and his lambing rates were also heading higher, making for a perfect storm of Merino magic.

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Merino Success Story – Ben and Oona Banks (QLD)

WESTERN Queensland grazier Ben Banks has long known the value of a Merino ewe. So much so, that even throughout the last 20 years of unpredictable and extreme weather patterns of northern Australia, Ben and his family have done everything within their power to hold onto their core breeding ewes.

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Merino Success Story – Craig Hickman (SA)

MERINOS are a vital part of the enterprise mix at Craig and Abigail Hickman’s Curramulka property Seaview, on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, producing $130 per winter grazed hectare per 100mm of growing season rainfall in 2016.

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Merino Success Story – Daniel Schuppan (SA)

Merinos offer farmers a profitable option with the ability to produce a gross margin of up to $60 per dry sheep equivalent for self-replacing Merino flocks in the cereal zone according to 2016-17 Sheep’s Back Benchmarking Program figures, says Landmark Animal Production Specialist Daniel Schuppan.

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