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.
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.
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
- 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.
SHOWING OUR SHEEP
Below are some of our awards and achievements of recent years.
Show and Sale Results for 2021
Armidale Ram Sale, Top price $4000 ave $3000.
On Property Sale, Top price $2100 ave $1019.
Ultrafine Ram meas 16.0mc SD 2.4. CV 14.9 Fleece Cut 11kg.
From L to R: Linda Waters, Leo Blanch, Scott Matthews, Chris Dunn, Angus Carter, Todd Clarke, Robyn Edmonds & Don Edmonds
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.
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