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26th Annual Ram Sale 12 Feb 2020

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.

'Westvale Louisville' - Supreme Exhibit at both Tenterfield and Walcha Shows. Ultrafine Ram meas 16.0mc SD 2.4. CV 14.9 Fleece Cut 11kg.
“Westvale Louisville”
Supreme Exhibit at both Tenterfield and Walcha Shows.
Ultrafine Ram meas 16.0mc SD 2.4. CV 14.9 Fleece Cut 11kg.
'Westvale Louisville' - Supreme Exhibit at both Tenterfield and Walcha Shows. Ultrafine Ram meas 16.0mc SD 2.4. CV 14.9 Fleece Cut 11kg.
BUYERS AND AGENTS – ON PROPERTY SALE
Top & Second top price at the sale.
From L to R: Linda Waters, Leo Blanch, Scott Matthews, Chris Dunn, Angus Carter, Todd Clarke, Robyn Edmonds & Don Edmonds

Westvale Achievements 2020

TENTERFIELD 2020

  • Champion Extra Superfine Ram  March shorn
  • Champion Extra Superfine Ewe   March shorn
  • Champion Extra Superfine Ram   August shorn
  • Champion Superfine Ram  August shorn
  • Champion Superfine Ewe March shorn
  • Champion Fine Ewe August shorn
  • Grand Champion Ewe August Shorn
  • Grand Champion Ram August shorn
  • Grand Champion Ram March shorn
  • Jnr Champion Ewe March shorn
  • Jnr Champion Ewe August shorn
  • SUPREME EXHIBIT. XSF RAM March Shorn

WALCHA 2020

  • Extra Superfine Ram  March shorn
  • Extra Superfine Ewe March shorn
  • Superfine Ram March shorn
  • SUPREME  EXHIBIT  XSF RAM  March shorn

ON PROPERTY SALE

  • Top $1800 av $870
  • Top & Second top price at the sale

ARMIDALE RAM SALE

  • To $5000 average $3250

Westvale Achievements 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 Fleece of Show

NEWS AND EVENTS

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Newsletter – April 2020

Newsletter
April 2020

Dear Friends,

How are you all coping with our world turned upside down?

It has certainly been a great challenge for everyone. Perhaps not as much for those of us on the land as life seems to go on as usual. Always plenty to do and after the long drought many jobs to catch up on. We stopped feeding about the end of February. We had rain during that month and the country was starting to look green. I believe not one of us could have expected the growth in our pastures over the next couple of months. Nature […]

By | April 26th, 2020|
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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