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NEW PROPERTY: Having moved to a new property, Walandi principals Ash and Janine Murphy felt it would be good to show the rams on offer.

NEW PROPERTY: Having moved to a new property, Walandi principals Ash and Janine Murphy felt it would be good to show the rams on offer.

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A new beginning for Walandi, Kotta, prompts principals to open gates to newcomers.

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While Walandi Farms White Suffolk and Poll Dorset stud was founded in 2007, moving to a new property has seen stud principals Ash and Janine Murphy seek new markets.

“We’ve moved to a new area and we thought we would open our gates to get some interest from people, where we are now,” Mr Murphy said.

Operating at Kotta, on the Echuca-Mitiamo road, Victoria, the Murphys were former dairy farmers.

The Murphys set up a Poll Dorset stud, last year, with maiden ewes from Derby Downs, Bendigo, for their young boys Brock and Tyson.

Mr Murphy said during the Sheep Week open day, the stud would show off 35 White Suffolk and 15 Poll Dorset rams.

He said the family had moved out of dairy completely, after the price crash, but the sheep were being run on irrigated pastures of clover and ryegrass.

“We’ve just finished lambing, we scanned at 166 per cent and have marked 150 survivors,” Mr Murphy said.

He said May- to July-drop animals, from a Baringa ram, would be on show at the Sheep Week open day.

“We have been very dry here, but we have an abundance of feed and I’m really happy with the rams.

“They will stand up against animals from some of the bigger studs.”

Mr Murphy said he was also an agent for New Zealand-built Hecton handlers, which would be on display on the day.

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