McDougall family do everything right to win Elders clip award

McDougall family do everything right to win Elders clip award


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CLIP WINNER: Elders district wool manager Craig Potter, Ararat, classer of the winning clip, Sean McDougall, Rosevale Ridge, Maroona, and Elders general manager of network Richard Norton at the presentation of the Elders Souther Clip of the Year.

CLIP WINNER: Elders district wool manager Craig Potter, Ararat, classer of the winning clip, Sean McDougall, Rosevale Ridge, Maroona, and Elders general manager of network Richard Norton at the presentation of the Elders Souther Clip of the Year.

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The McDougall family clip classed by sixth generation farmer Sean, won this year's Elders Southern Clip of the Year.

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Maroona wool producers, the McDougall family, Rosevale Ridge, won this year's Elders Southern Clip of the Year.

Announced at Sheepvention on Monday, the winning clip was awarded to Bruce and Maryanne McDougall and their son Sean and daughter-in-law Leila.

Convenor of the award Samantha Wan said the winning clip displayed excellent style, evenness and had a low mid-point break coupled with high tensile strength.

Ms Wan said it was well-classed and "accompanied by a textbook perfect specification".

The McDougall name has been around the sheep industry since the mid 1800s, first settling in their district in 1870 and breeding Merinos from bloodlines such as Hope Plains, Poplars and Kooringa Merino studs.

Today the family run a mixed-farming enterprise of sheep, cattle and grains spread over 1200 hectares, running 3000 breeding Merino ewes.

Rosevale is based on Sohnic Merino bloodlines with Coryule genetics, a Nerstane bloodline.

Recently a ram was purchased from Stud Park South, Willaura, to compliment their breeding program.

The family breed their own rams which were classed by Elders sheep classer Glendon Hancock and under the guidance of Elders district wool manager Craig Potter.

Shearing was done every eight months to spread the wool market risk, maintain healthy sheep, and to boost lamb survival.

NETWORK BOSS: Elders general manager of network Richard Norton at the presentation of the Elders Southern Clip of the Year.

NETWORK BOSS: Elders general manager of network Richard Norton at the presentation of the Elders Southern Clip of the Year.

Ms Wan said the wool clip was a bold crimp, soft handling, high yielding type that was sought after by the trade.

The clip measured an average of 19 micron, 75-80 millimetres in length and strength of 45 plus N/KT.

Ms Wan said Leila McDougall also had her own fashion label producing woollen scarves and dresses, and in October each year they organised Mellow in the Yellow, a marquee of entertainment located in a flowing canola crop in Tatyoon, focussed on raising funds to support Australian farmers.

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