The Parkes PA & H wether trial was completed in August with very positive results.
Although the trial began in 2019 with the September even-up shearing during the worst of the drought, our trial wethers were well looked after by Ken Keith and Peter Guppy. Since the breaking of the drought in February the wethers have done exceptionally well on the Parkes Solar Farm with the wool quality and wool cut above average.
Shearing took place early August and again Ken and Peter proved to be invaluable in keeping the sheep dry enough to shear during what was a very wet period in the winter.
The 11 teams of wethers from the Parkes district representing nine different bloodlines and a range of wool types from fine to medium to bold medium. In total the 125 wethers cut 1,050kg greasy at an average of 8.4kg greasy per head, and a yield of 70.7%. Based on market prices at the time of shearing (the wool market has been hit by Covid-19) our wethers wool value per head averaged $57.57.
All proceeds from the sale of wool were donated to the Parkes PA & H, and all services and labour provided free of charge. Thank you to the willing team of helpers for mustering, drenching, shearing, crutching and more.
A special thank you to Andrew Carlton, Dennis Webb and Brad Kelly who shore the wethers and gave up a day’s wages to do so. To Tim Keith for wool classing and many other local farmers and roustabouts for their help.
Dr Kathryn Egerton-Warburton and MaryAnn Sladek from the DPI in Orange have been, and will continue to be responsible for the production of data for the duration of the trial for the next three years that will provide technical feedback to local woolgrowers.
Ostini Wool recently offered the wool for sale at our Sydney Auction with very positive comments from buyers regarding the overall quality of the wool coming from the Parkes district and how it is suited to a wide range of overseas markets including China, India and Europe.
For any further information about the trial contact Graeme Ostini 0428 650 191.
By Graeme Ostini