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Best wool clip in years for South Australia

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As shearing draws to a close in northern South Australia, many graziers are reporting their best wool clips in years. On Arcoona Station, 500 kilometres north of Adelaide, just over 800 bales of wool have been produced from the property’s 20,000-head flock.

Manager Adam Willis said although the property had only received 100 millimetres of rain in the past year, it was just enough to boost wool production. “It seemed to fall at the right time, so the sheep are all in good condition and cut plenty of wool,” he said. “I reckon it was an extra 150 bales than normal, the ewes were cutting about eight kilograms, and the maiden ewes went really well. They cut 8.7 kilos. So that was a really good result.”

With shearing now finished on most northern properties, producers are shifting their focus to lambing season. Mr Willis said more rain had fallen on the station this week, which would soon provide green pick for his breeding flock.

“We’ve just had 16 millimetres at the homestead, which is quite nice really,” he said.”We had about an inch [25 millimetres] of rain about six weeks ago, so that is just going to help things along a bit with the ewes that are about to start lambing. So things are looking good again.”

Cashed-up wool producers are ready to spend. Further east in the Flinders Ranges, shearing has also finished on Yednalue Station, just outside Craddock. Owner Ruben Solly said his family were in high spirits after delivering their biggest wool clip in ten years.

“Shearing went magnificently, and we had a great rain over shearing. We had 75 millimetres over two days,” he said.”We also had a great shearing team, which made things less stressful. It was also the most sheep we’ve ever shorn, so it all led to a good season.”

With wool prices rising, there has been a bit of extra cash coming in this year, allowing the family to buy up a few extra items for the property. But while Ruben Solly has been trying to convince his father to purchase a new quad bike, it seems that may still be some time away.

“Everyone’s pretty happy, and we’ve been going out and buying a few new things here and there to make life a bit easier for us on the station,” he said. “But nah, he’s got the chequebook, I’m not allowed on that, so probably not [a quad bike].But I think it might require a bit of further discussion.”

Source: ABCRural


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