24,000 sheep were penned at Jerilderie with the sale topping at $285 for June 18 drop, August shorn ewes sold by Cara Pty Ltd, Willandra Bld, ‘Cara’ bred. Equal 2nd top price of $270 went to Sleigh Pastoral Co with May/June 18 drop, August shorn, Willandra Bld, ‘Kooringal’ Brd ewes. Both are very successful long-term clients.
Mark Wettenhall of Cara Pty Ltd paid $15,000 for Lot 33 in the Willandra Ram Sale in September. Sleigh Pastoral Co purchased 14 rams at an average of $2,700.
Willandra is a family owned business with a long history of success. The original Willandra Merino Stud was established west of Hillston, NSW, in 1886 and was based on Wanganella F. No. 83 and Tasmanian bloodlines believed to be from Belle Vue.
In 1974, the Willandra Stud was purchased by the Wells family and moved to Jerilderie where they have proudly continued the tradition of breeding hardy, well-balanced fertile sheep carrying big fleeces of quality wool. Keeping abreast of current marketing and production trends and continuing to develop and improve the modern Willandra Merino bloodstock is of paramount importance.