MERINOS

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Gullendah Merino Rams:

  • Are large-framed;
  • Productive;
  • Well-balanced;
  • Offer a soft stylish well crimped and nourished high yielding fine/medium wool from 18 to 21 micron;
  • Are well placed to adapt to both high rainfall areas and also western pastoral zone;
  • Achieve a long-term average adult ewe micron of 20.1;
  • Average fleece cut of 7.4 kilograms; and
  • Have achieved 123% lambing rates in recent years through a thorough selection process.

Gullendah prides itself on both quality & production.

HISTORY

Merino-photo-gullendah1Gullendah Merinos began their stud days in 1966 when established by Wallace (better known as Bob) Hughes originally on Pooginook ewes and later Wonga.
Bob Hughes liked the Wonga sheep so much he bought a quantity of stud ewes and began the breeding of heavy cutting 21 micron wool sheep.
From then on Koonwarra rams were used extensively.

Bob Hughes purchased his first Koonwarra ram in 1969 for which he paid Laggan district stud breeder, John Williams $1050. This was at the time when Koonwarra Merinos were just beginning to make a name for themselves, especially in the showrings of Sydney Sheep Show then Royal Shows, particularly the Stonehaven Cup group judging.

Bob wanted to breed a sheep more suited to this eastern higher rainfall country and we have been doing just that ever since.

Koonwarra rams were continually purchased for another 20 years and then additions were obtained from Roseville Park and Yarrawonga.

IMG_1996-copy1Gullendah began showing in the mid-1970s at local shows and a stint at Sydney Royal where in 1995 it produced the reserve grand champion Merino ewe, the August shorn medium wool champion. This ewe went on to Melbourne Royal that year to gain the grand championship and followed up at Sydney in 1996 to take the top honours there.

In 2012 we began an artificial breeding program within the Merino stud flock using semen of Wanganella 9.09 now owned by Cora Lynn Stud, Peak Hill, plus a Gullendah sire from the late 1980s.

Gullendah Merino flock wool averages 20.1 micron while the fleece weight average last year was 7.4kg.

Introducing Roseville Park and Yarrawonga bloodlines in the late 1990s, and more recently Wanganella bloodlines, Gullendah has predominantly been a closed flock.

Gullendah comprises over 4450 hectares and experiences an average annual rainfall of 700millimetres. Gullendah currently runs 1500 stud Merino ewes and 2000 commercial Merino ewes. Sizeable ewe numbers provide a large genetic base for selective breeding, which has focused on developing sheep suitable to a wide range of environments from high rainfall tablelands country through to the western pastoral zones.

Gullendah Merinos

Well crimped, soft, stylish and structured white wool that will handle all climatic conditions from heavy rainfall tablelands country to wide open dusty pastoral country in western NSW and Queensland bares testament to our astute selection criteria.

We have selected and bred for large frames, growing productive soft, stylish and well-nourished woolled sheep that will perform in wet and dry environments.

Gullendah Merino Rams:
  • Are large-framed;
  • Productive;
  • Well-balanced;
  • Offer a soft stylish well crimped and nourished high yielding fine/medium wool from 18 to 21 micron;
  • Are well placed to adapt to both high rainfall areas and also western pastoral zone;
  • Achieve a long-term average adult ewe micron of 20.1;
  • Average fleece cut of 7.4 kilograms; and
  • Have achieved 123% lambing rates in recent years through a thorough selection process.

Gullendah prides itself on both quality & production.

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TESTIMONIAL

Ram buyer for the past 20 years, Alan Ferguson, Ventura, Pilliga, says his Merinos are great survivors in the dust, it’s how this country sometimes is out this way.

With his wife, Marcia, the Fergusons breed 2600 head of an average 18.5 micron wool and after shearing bales are tested with results of 1.9 per cent average of vegetable matter and comfort factor of 99.3pc.
Our sheep have excellent constitution and large frames while fertility is excellent, Mr Ferguson said.

2018 Merino On-Property Ram Sale Results:

  • On Tuesday 25th September 2018 Gullendah will hold its 36th Annual On-Property Ram Sale.