Laraben Poll MERINOS
Laraben Poll Merino stud was established in 1998 at 'The Lagoons' at Ulan with the purchase of 102 Cudgegong Poll Merino ewes. These ewes were of traditional superfine genetics. Through genetic selection we've worked to transform them into the type they are today; earlier maturing, heavier cutting fine/superfine wool types.Genetics have been purchased from Wurrook, Merryville, and more recently, Willandra and Yarawonga. In July 2013, the stud moved to 'Laraben' at Botobolar, 20 kilometres north east of Mudgee. Our climate here is typical eastern states tablelands environment; cool winters and warm humid summers. We feel in this climate we need safe wool types that will handle high summer rains. The soil types on our property vary from light granite to basalt. Our annual rainfall is 650 mm.
At Laraben Poll Merinos our breeding objective is to produce a balanced sheep that will grow quickly so you can turn your lambs off at a young age and meet trade weights. We also aim to breed a soft handling wool that tests positive. We like to put as much wool as possible on our sheep without over complicating them. We feel we need to keep our sheep well covered and long stapled to maximise fleece weights. We've been scanning our sheep since our inception and ewes scanned empty or that have lambed and lost are sold, by doing this for so long we've created a fertile sheep.