Welcome to Woodpark Merino and Poll Merino Studs

We are a family operation of dedicated sheep breeders with a love for what we do and a commitment to our industry.

Our long established studs have significant flock size, with more than 2800 ewes, giving us the depth to class heavily and strictly to our breeding parameters. Because our Poll and Merino studs are run separately at different properties, each year we join our best Merino ewes to Merinos and our best Poll Merino ewes to Poll Merino rams. Last year’s Poll shearing grown ewes averaged 8.2kg of 18.2 micron, with a micron spred of 17.7-18.7 across the ewe flock.

Our rams and ewes are benchmarked annually, for the profit drivers of wool cut, quality and sheep weight. Breeding from within for generations of sheep means the genetics are predictable and repeatable. Any introductions are judiciously selected and their progeny evaluated against our own sheep before their inclusion in our breeding.

Livestock is our sole business, so our breeding program is immersed in reality.

Breeding Towards Today’s Merino for More than 20 Years

We started breeding the balanced Merino demanded by today’s market two decades ago. The stable genetics have allowed us to build towards today’s free, easy-care, productive sheep; with big square frames and a bulk of soft, quality wool. The Woodpark vision of 20 years ago is evident in our sheep today.

A Balanced Animal with Options

1 week ago

Woodpark Poll Merino Stud

Fantastic to be part of the Peter Westblade Scholarship’s weekend at Wyvern, Carrathool, where 30 young and committed sheep industry members spent two days with a highly regarded group of presenters, covering everything from stock handling to business management, with great two-way interaction through the weekend. What a terrific initiative and fabulous opportunity for the next generation.Wyvern Weekend- Professional development with Carol Huggins doing her thing. Mentoring the future of the wool industry.
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Fantastic to be part of the Peter Westblade Scholarship’s weekend at Wyvern, Carrathool, where 30 young and committed sheep industry members spent two days with a highly regarded group of presenters, covering everything from stock handling to business management, with great two-way interaction through the weekend. What a terrific initiative and fabulous opportunity for the next generation.

2 weeks ago

Woodpark Poll Merino Stud

Congratulations to the MerinoLink board and team for the appointment of the new CEO. Proud to be part of - and always learning from - this innovative and grounded industry organisation.Leading research organisation driven by grassroots Merino breeders and service providers, MerinoLink, has appointed Jason Letchford as chief executive officer.
Mr Letchford replaces sheep industry consultant Sally Martin who has taken on the role of project manager and technical advisor, supporting the current and future MerinoLink projects and trials.
MerinoLink Limited is a not-for-profit company and was instigated by a progressive group of ram and commercial breeders and service providers in 2012.
Mr Letchford, of Sydney, spent his formative years growing up in shearing sheds as the son of a shearing contractor and woolclasser.
A graduate of the University of Queensland, Jason worked for London based foreign exchange broker, MW Marshall, followed by a position on the Sydney Futures Exchange trading floor as a trader.
Mr Letchford then moved into the accounting industry, working for chartered accountants, Page Harrison & Co, as financial controller for an IT firm, as chief financial controller for a business consultancy and finance director of a sports brand licencing agency.
In 2004, he took on the part-time committee position of secretary-treasurer of the shearing industry’s peak body, the Shearing Contractors Association of Australia – position he continues to hold.
“MerinoLink is already a strong brand in agricultural research thanks to the efforts of Sally Martin, her team and the Board,’’ Mr Letchford said.
“I am looking forward to building on these solid foundations, with the aim of making MerinoLink the leader in its field and growing the business sustainably and appropriately.’’
Mr Letchford has a busy year a head with the annual autumn field day on March 15 at Temora and annual conference and field day at Armidale on June 19 and 20.
“These events will be a great opportunity for me to meet the industry stakeholders and understand their needs and objectives, so MerinoLink is well positioned to deliver on them,’’ he said.
“I am really excited about the opportunity to work with people like Sally Martin and Richard Keniry.
“It is passionate people like these who drive industry forward and help make significant, positive impacts.’’
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Congratulations to the MerinoLink board and team for the appointment of the new CEO. Proud to be part of - and always learning from - this innovative and grounded industry organisation.

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