Willandra repeated our 2016 success by taking first and second with poll ewes.
The winner adjudicated by Allan “Smoky” Dawson of Winyar Merino Studs (Canowindra, NSW) was Wil 17.099e following on from her recent successes. She was the Champion March Shorn Merino Ewe at Hay and Reserve Champion Fine Medium Poll Merino Ewe at Bendigo. Wil 17.099e is an embryo daughter of Willandra 15.124e, an embryo daughter of renowned Willandra sire “Desmond”. Interestingly Wil 15.124e was also Champion Fine Medium Poll Ewe at Bendigo (2016).
The reserve ewe was Wil 17.112. Another embryo daughter of a winning show ewe by “Desmond”. Wil 17.112 was the Reserve Champion Strong Wool Poll Merino Wool Ewe at Bendigo this year. Both ewes are by WalPk 422.
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.