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OUR WOOL

Westvale has been a registered Merino Stud for 71years. It was started on Mirani Blood graduating to Merryville then onto Merryville daughter studs . Some Sierra Park was added some years ago to fine down the crimp. After so much time we call ourselves Westvale blood.

In recent years the need for larger, heavier cutting sheep,  has encouraged us to introduce some outside genetics by way of Artificial Breeding. This has resulted in larger framed sheep while retaining the wool, style and type we desire and the Italians are looking to  buy.

AIMS

To produce large bodied sheep with fleece MICRON of 16.5 to 17.0 with yields in the high 70’s. We place great importance on coverage ie bellies and points.

STYLE

Stylish (highly crimped well nourished) bright soft handling wool suitable to Italian Spinners and Weavers is our aim. In past years our wool has been keenly sought after by New England Wool representing Italian clients.

SUPREME EXHIBIT ARMIDALE RAM SHOW AND SALES 2018.
15.8micron. Cut 11.1kg wool.
Purchased by Westvale for $11000

FLEECE AWARDS

  • Australian Sheep and Wool Show Bendigo
  • Grand Champion 2004
  • Res G, Champ Fleece 2007
  • Ultrafine Fleece. Aust Wool & Sheep Show. Bendigo, VIC 2019

Many broad ribbons at Northern Shows over the years.

SHEARING

Our shearing is contracted. Great interest and detail is taken by the girls on the table while our own staff and family are part of the overall final result. Classing is carried out by Andrew while Leo overseas the whole operation.

2016/17 saw a complete turn around in the returns for wool. As well, our marketing strategies changed, in that we have entered into contracts, which we would not have even considered 10yrs ago.

At Westvale we will continue to capitalize on the present market by maintaining our micron and style and endeavouring (at the same time) increasing the cut per head. In the last couple of years we have had the privilege of Andrew Blanch classing our clip. A large proportion has gone into contracts with Reda S.P.A

SHOWING OUR SHEEP

Below are some of our awards and achievements of recent years.

SYDNEY ROYAL 2010 SUPREME EWE OF SHOW
Grand Champion Ultrafine Ewe 2012/2013 (with same ewe)
Champion 2010 Sydney Royal Show
2019 CHAMPION ULTRAFINE FLEECE BENDIGO
Champion Ultrafine Fleece Bendigo 2019
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2019
SYDNEY ROYAL 2019
  • 2nd in the Stonehaven Cup
    (group 3 rams, 2 ewes)
TENTERFIELD 2019
  • Grand Champion Ewes March & August
  • Pen Two Ewes
  • Breeders Group
  • Superfine Ram
WALCHA 2019
  • Champion Extra Superfine Ram.
URALLA 2019
  • Champion Fleece of Show
BENDIGO VIC JULY 2019
  • CHAMPION Extra Superfine Fleece of Show

NEWS AND EVENTS

Stay in contact with the latest news and events from Westvale Merino.

August 2019

We  feel ashamed that we have not updated our Web Page for so long.

So much has happened during the last 7months but the over riding factor has been the drought.  No one has ever seen seen the New England look worse.  So much of the men’s time is taken up feeding stock and playing draughts trying to work out if there is more feed in one paddock or another. ( and there isn’t)  Like everyone else we have destocked dramatically. We have sold 2/3rd of our breeding cows and are feeding the rest every day as they are […]

By | August 7th, 2019|
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WESTVALE PROPERTY

Westvale is situated on the top of the Great Dividing Range on the southern end of the Northern Tablelands approximately 50kms south of Armidale.

Rainfall is approximately 800ml/p.a and the watershed runs into the Macleay, Namoi and Gwyder systems. Westvale, settled in 1908 by the Blanch family, takes in over 3000 acres of slightly undulating fine granite country.

Winters are cold (snowy and frosty) with generally good moisture. Summers are hot. Generally dry in February, March but mostly a good all round season. Two thirds of Westvale has been supered for over 50 years, the balance annually over the past 20 years.

Approximately 2/3 of the country has been sown to improved pastures of Clovers, Rye, Phalaris, Fescues and Cocksfoot.

Approximately 6000 merino sheep and 150 Charolais cows with their progeny are pastured.
Leo & Judy Blanch: 334 Westvale Road.

Westvale Property

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Contact Info

Westvale Merinos
Leo and Judy Blanch

334 Westvale Road,
WOLLUN NSW 2354
AUSTRALIA
Email: westvale@bigpond.com
Mobile: 0428 431 065
Phone: 02 67 787 321

Scott Matthews – Overseer
Email: srclmatthews@bigpond.com
Mobile: 0429 999 385
Fax/Phone: 02 67 787 335