Location: Southwest Victoria
Rainfall: 24 inches
Average Micron: 18.5
Genetics: Founded on Bindawarra with selected infusions of Charinga, Wallaloo Park and Willandra
Ewe base: Approximately 750
Sales: Ballarat, Hamilton, On-property
CONNEWARRAN IN DETAIL
Connewarran Farming Trust is a commercial wool enterprise. The property is 1550 hectares on the banks of the Hopkins River, west of Mortlake, with an average rainfall of 600 mm.
We believe in Merinos. Our team works daily to breed the best sheep we can, provide them with a healthy environment in which to thrive, generate a sustainable economic profit, and share the genetics we produce with other, similar enterprises.
Connewarran's Merino Stud breeds quality rams for the Connewarran Farming Trust and external clients. Connewarran sires are regularly tested in Elders Sire Evaluation Trials, generating objective evidence regarding the quality and performance of the genetics the stud produces. Over 10 trials have now been completed with sires regularly featuring in the top three of one or more indexes.
The Merino stud is based on Bindawarra Omeo blood and was first registered after the purchase of 25 inseminated ewes from Bindawarra in 1992. Since then there has been a program of AI and ET, inseminating up to 350 ewes each year, using leading Connewarran and Bindawarra sires with some Charinga, Wallaloo Park, Willandra and Merinotech WA blood.
Connewarran sheep produce significant quantities of wool which can withstand a high rainfall environment. We also have a heavy emphasis on reproductive performance and maintaining sufficient plainness to allow the clients using the plainer end of our offering to cease mulesing if they so desire.
Rams are sold annually at the Ballarat Merino Ram Sale, Hamilton Sheepvention and on property via helmsman auction. If rams remain after these sales they are sold by private selection.