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Sheep and wool industry scholarship winners want to make a difference

TWO young people with a keen interest in the sheep and wool industry have been honoured with scholarships. The Peter Westblade Scholarship recognises the late Peter Westblade of Lockhart who was know for his successful Merino breeding operation. Continue reading

Split decision over sheep industry scholarship

The calibre of young people coming through the Australian sheep and wool industry has resulted in joint winners of the prestigious Peter Westblade Scholarship for the first time. Continue reading

Young Merino breeder wins 2014 scholarship

Young Southern NSW Merino breeder Ben Patrick has won the prestigious 2014 Peter
Westblade sheep and wool industry scholarship. Mr Patrick, 22, was named as the 2014 Continue reading

Darren Bahr of The Rock in the NSW Riverina focuses on productivity in his Merino flock

RAISING the bar on productivity is par for the course for one NSW Riverina sheep producer.

And Darren Bahr is so keen to make sure he’s keeping the highest value sheep, he’s set up a strict selection process based on the value of the fleece they cut. Continue reading

Knowledge is power

THE relationship between body condition score and conception rates of 1200 maiden ewes was in focus at Pastora Poll Merino stud, Lockhart, in late January - data that is now at the fingertips of owner Tim Westblade for the lifetime of each sheep. Continue reading

Wethers Rock-solid in Ovens Valley trial

CJ & CR & DW Bahr, The Rock, NSW, won the first round of the three-year Ovens Valley Wether Trial last Tuesday.

Eleven months ago, breeders entered a line of up to five 2012-drop wethers in the competition, hosted on Mark Heywood's family farm at Everton. Continue reading

Peter Westblade Scholarship in its 3rd year

The Peter Westblade Scholarship has been designed and developed for up and coming young people interested in a career in the Australian sheep industry.

Now entering its third year, the Peter Westblade Scholarship will provide cash and in-kind support of… Continue reading

2013 Spring Newsletter

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T A Field Estates top ranked team at shearing in nation’s biggest Merino trial

April 9, 2013

A mixed bloodline entered by TA Field Estates has emerged as the most productive at last week’s shearing in the nation’s biggest commercial evaluation of Merino genetics.

The Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Challenge 2012-2014 is benchmarking genetics… Continue reading

Genetic selection passion a winner for Annabel Lugsdin

April 9, 2013


Annabel Lugsdin has won the prestigious 2013 Peter Westblade Scholarship

A young woman with a passion for practical sheep genetics and ewe productivity has taken out the prestigious 2013 Peter Westblade Scholarship.

Annabel Lugsdin, a project officer… Continue reading