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OUR WOOL

Westvale has been a registered Merino Stud for 70 years. It was started on Mirani blood lines 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. The results have been encouraging.

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

Many broad ribbons at Northern Shows over the years.

SHEARING

Our shearing is contracted but the preparation of our wool for market is mainly handled by our own staff and family under the watchful eye of Leo and Andrew.

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
(G.C. Ultrafine Ewe)
Grand Champion Ultrafine Ewe 2012/2013 (with same ewe)
Champion 2010 Sydney Royal Show
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2017
SYDNEY ROYAL 2017
  • 5x 1st Ribbons
  • 2x 2nd Ribbons
  • Grand Champion Ultrafine Ram
  • Champion
  • Reserve Champion
WALCHA 2017
  • Champion
TENTERFIELD 2017
  • 1 Grand Champion
  • 10 Champions
  • 2 Reserve Champions
URALLA 2017
  • 4 Champions
  • 4 Reserve Champions
  • Breeders Group
ARMIDALE 2017
  • 8x Champions
  • 6x Reserve Champions

NEWS AND EVENTS

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

Our new website

Dear Clients and Friends,

WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE

We do hope you are looking at out new Web page. It has been a few months in the making with quite a few hiccups along the way. My brother David ( who passed away last year) had been looking after the page but upon his sudden death we were left in orbit for some time as we could not get into the correct program. Don Francis is now in charge of this page and has worked very hard to get it up and running.  Many thanks Don and team.

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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.

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WESTVALE ARIAL VIDEO

CONTACT US

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Contact Info

Westvale Merinos
Leo and Judith Blanch

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

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