Merino studs show off flocks at positive time in industry

Merino studs show off flocks at positive time in industry


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STUDS in Victoria’s Loddon Valley held open days to show potential and existing clients their flocks, during the annual Loddon Valley Field Day.

STUDS in Victoria’s Loddon Valley held open days to show potential and existing clients their flocks, during the annual Loddon Valley Field Day.

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Five studs opened their property gates to visitors, while the remaining 10 converged on the Serpentine Recreation Reserve, to display stock at a communal open day, there.

Many of the stud principals commented that the positive turnout to the event was no surprise, given the positive state of the Merino industry.

“There’s not a huge amount of Merino breeders in the area at the moment, but with wool prices the way they are, the industry will no doubt grow,” Willera stud principal Karl Hooke said.

Panorama Merino stud principal Frank Byrne, Borung, had young ewes on display, as well as ram lambs that will be on offered for sale later in the year, during the Loddon Valley Field Day.
Willera stud principal Karl Hooke, Serpentine, said 2018 is looking promising following what has been a good season.
Marcus and Tom Hooke, East Loddon Merinos, brought sheep from their Wanganella, NSW, property, to the Serpentine Recreation Reserve for the Loddon Valley Field Day.
Hynam Poll Merino stud principal Kevin Hynam, Longwood, said there had been a good crowd at the Loddon Valley Field Day.
Stephen Huggins, Woodpark, transported some of his flock from Hay, NSW, to display at the field day. Mr Huggins said this year he has seen seven or eight new businesses join the Merino industry.
Koole Vale stud principal Alan Harris, Costerfield, had ram lambs and show rams on display at the Serpentine Recreation Reserve.
Kerrilyn and Kerrilyn Poll Merino stud principal Norm Weir said the Loddon Valley Field Day had been a "perfect day".
Wattlebank stud principal Stephen Glen said they started a polled stud last year because of demand and queries from clients looking for polled genetics.
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