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Comment from Peter Wilkinson ~ Challara

“Even though the number of people attending the Challara Open Day was quite disappointing & discouraging, the quality of the guest speakers & the information delivered to the attendees was very good. Dr Jim Watts delivered key messages on how the skin biology of the Merino sheep correlates to breeding the right type of wool … Continue reading Comment from Peter Wilkinson ~ Challara

Managing your way to better sheep profit

Farm Weekly Thursday, April 16, 2015 By TAMARA HOOPER THERE will always be areas of, any farming operation that, cannot be measured, economically, but managing, your breeding program to optimise your profit is something every sheep breeder can achieve with the right information available to them. Aiming to bring this information to fellow WA Merino stud and  commercial breeders, Challara Poll Merino stud principals Peter and Emma Wilkinson again … Continue reading Managing your way to better sheep profit

High animal welfare practices when electing to give lambs a small mules

Even though many of our lambs don't need to be mulesed with breeding a plainer bodied animal, we had to make the financial decision to mules again. Challara didn't mules lambs in 2011 & 2012, but the sheep were being discounted by up to $30/head in the saleyards. There was also no premiums made from … Continue reading High animal welfare practices when electing to give lambs a small mules

The Ovine Johnes Disease national system has changed

The Ovine Johnes Disease national system has now been changed. There is no longer a points system to be accredited. Challara Merino Stud has been vaccinating their lambs since 2012 with Gudair & was accredited with 4 points or declared OJD free before the national system changed. Challara would need to go through a certain … Continue reading The Ovine Johnes Disease national system has changed

First of a series of national SRS workshops hosted by Challara Merino Stud

There was a recent event was hosted by Challara Merino Stud & held at the Morawa Town Hall on Tuesday, March 25th. It was the first of a series of national SRS workshops called "Redesigning the Merino". There was a high standard of speakers & sheep on display.  ADJUSTING the way we regard and traditionally … Continue reading First of a series of national SRS workshops hosted by Challara Merino Stud

Improvements at Challara Merino Stud in 2013

There are two areas of improvement in the Challara Merino Stud this year: Eye muscle & fat measurements are better & more consistent than in previous years. Early identification of fertility is also becoming more evident this year with an extra 574 lambs born from ewe weaners from 920 that were mated for one month … Continue reading Improvements at Challara Merino Stud in 2013