Unfortunately for sheep showing Willandra’s annual shearing coincided and due to time constraints we took no sheep. But our eager woolclasser persuaded Ross to send some fleeces and we were awarded 5 major trophies taking the Champion Fleece of Show, Champion Ram Fleece of the Show, Champion Ewe or Wether Fleece (Merino), Most Successful Exhibitor and Most Valuable Fleece.
Christine classer for Vic McCalman’s Shearing Team (Deniliquin) also had success showing sheep for the first time with her fledgling “Heley Ridge” Poll Merino Stud. She showed the Champion Pair (Ram & Ewe), Grand Champion Ewe, Champion Poll Merino Ewe and came third in the Elders Pair of Ram Lambs.
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.