Elders enables Hillcreston bloodline ewes to return to NSW
The national Elders network has enabled 652 superfine ewes to be relocated from Gnowellen, 95 km north of Albany WA, to Yass in NSW, an area that was once rich with the specialty line.
“Without the extensive Elders network this smooth sale and transport just would not have been possible” said Craig Pearsall, Elders Goulburn District Wool Manager. “There was no market for superfine in WA, so who knows what their fate may have been.”
Nigel Hawke of Elders Albany was offering the dispersal on behalf of Tamgaree Pastoral Company. Pearsall heard about it through his colleague Scott Thrift of Elders Dubbo who is known for his extensive knowledge of livestock producers throughout the country.
“I knew of a producer who ran superfines” explained Pearsall.
“He was interested as he had plenty of surplus pasture and to find a full dispersal of this type of sheep is pretty much unheard of.”
Remarkably, that producer was Nutrien Ag client Neil Carey, of Kashmir, Wee Jasper. Like most superfine breeders Neil and his brother Peter are passionate wool growers, their wool often sold to high-end Italian fashion houses.
The Carey’s hope to carry on the Hillcreston bloodline by breeding the ewes.
The superfine ewes in Western Australia before being transported to New South Wales.
This was not the only transcontinental transaction for Thrift and Pearsall. Unfortunately for many NSW wool growers the burgeoning fat lamb market has priced local ewes out of reach. In April the pair worked with Elders WA livestock agents Noel Morton and Rhys Fleay to source 2000 merino ewe lambs from WA for a client in Bigga NSW. The dry seasonal conditions in WA has seen record numbers of sheep move from west to east in recent months.
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Header image courtesy: Australian Superfine Wool Growers’ Association Inc.