Poll Merino Rams

Easy care Woodpark Merinos

Just some of the quality rams available at the Woodpark Auction on the 19th September at Jerilderie Racecourse. Cont



When the Woodpark Stud  started breeding Poll Merinos more than two decades ago, they were in a minority. The Merino rams and commercial flocks were highly regarded, sought after in sale yards and the wools were known for their softness, quality and style.

Owen Huggins had a vision of an easy care flock which would carry on the wool quality and lambing percentages of the highly fertile Woodpark Merinos. He aimed to breed a poll which would be low maintenance and low cost to run, and would repay its producers with less hassle, a streamlined frame, which delivered high fertility, and a productive balanced animal with options.

The breeding program to achieve these objectives has been  a measured process of gradually developing an uncomplicated skin type. Today the sheep have a very mobile skin on a body with depth and carcase. The transition to this plainer body has been made without sacrificing the crucial fleece attributes of weight and quality. The Woodpark sheep have a  mobile, high fibre population skin, and these characteristics  deliver soft, good processing wools with excellent fleece weight.

The Poll Merino Stud‘s breeding program uses a mix of visual appraisal and objective measurement in making selection decisions. Wood[ark  have a long- standing commitment to breeding the sheep for a modern market — soft, fine/medium, well nourished wool on a productive sheep with a fertile mother.

The 4000 head stud and commercial flock is run on 28,000 acres of native Riverina grasses and bush country at the Huggins’ family’s “Eurolie” Hay.

Woodpark’s continuing emphasis is to maintain a medium wool flock producing sheep with excellent commercial characteristics of; a big square frame, plain bodies, high yielding, low micron wool, high fertility as well as outstanding wool and meat capacity.The sheep are run under natural conditions on the Riverina Plains, allowing Woodpark clients to select from sheep displaying strong constitutions and sound performance.


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