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2019 Award Results

Big WA rams win strong wool double

Vernon Graham
Stock and Land

Two big boppers from the Ledwith family’s Kolindale stud in Western Australia took the strong wool Merino ram honours at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show.

The judge, Peter Hacker, Muckadilla, Queensland, gave the nod to the smaller ram, Kolindale 384, a home-bred sire who weighed around 160 kilograms.

He was 21.8 microns and had a 98.3 per cent comfort factor.

“Rams don’t come much better than that,” Kolindale stud principal Luke Ledwith said.

“He is perfectly made with real good, soft, lustrous wool; he is big and square.”

Mr Hacker agreed, saying the 2-year-old winner was a big robust sheep with a magnificent fleece.

Kolindale’s reserve champion at Bendigo was a Poll Merino, who weighed a whopping 169kg.

The Ledwiths mate around 7000 stud and commercial ewes on their property at Dudinin in the WA Wheatbelt.

Kolindale stud reigns supreme

Farm Weekly

A NEW piece of history was created by the Ledwith family, Dudinin, in its Merino breeding journey at the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo & Sale at Katanning last week, when a Poll Merino ram from its Kolindale stud took home the show’s top award.

Among a shed full of highly productive and quality Merino and Poll Merino exhibits, the upstanding strong wool Poll sire, Kolindale 164, stood head and shoulders above the rest of the competition to claim the prestigious, purple supreme ribbon.

The win marked the first time the Ledwith family had won a supreme award in WA since purchasing the Kolindale stud from Colin and Rae Lewis in 2008.

Winning the supreme award also meant the ram became the WA Ram of the Year and earned the right to represent WA in the national judging this week in Dubbo, New South Wales.

However, with a number of field days still ahead of them and their two sales just around the corner, the Ledwiths decided they wouldn’t be making the trip across the Nullarbor.

The ram which was near big enough to saddle up and had wool cutting ability to go close to filling a bale itself, caught the eye of the judges early before going on to be sashed the supreme exhibit ahead of 236 entries from 30 studs.

After Kolindale 164 was announced the supreme exhibit judge Rod Kent, Kurrajong Park stud, Delungra, New South Wales, said it wasn’t an easy decision for the top award as all four sheep in the line-up were great examples of the Merino breed.

However in the end they couldn’t ignore the Kolindale sire as it stood up extremely well and was really hard to fault.

“The Kolindale ram is a great structured with phenomenal size,” Mr Kent said.

“He also has a quality strong wool fleece coming off a great skin and the quality of it runs right down underneath.

“In addition to all this he has a great sire’s outlook.

“He is a fantastic Poll ram and certainly one of the best Polls I have seen in a while.

“He is a really great sire and a credit to the breeders.”

Standing along with Kolindale 164 in the final line-up for the supreme ribbon were another three Poll Merinos – a well-balanced, young March shorn ram from the Mianelup stud, Gnowangerup, plus two upstanding ewes from the Coromandel stud, Gairdner, an August shorn and a March shorn.

Before being sashed the supreme exhibit, Kolindale 164, made it through the early judging to be sashed the grand champion August shorn ram.

Fellow judge Russell Jones, Darriwell stud, Trundle, NSW, said the Kolindale ram was a massive framed ram and it was its sheer scale that got it to the top of the line.

“His balance for such a large framed ram is tremendous while in terms of his wool it is also quite exceptional for his size,” Mr Jones said.

Kolindale 164’s run to the top started when it was sashed the champion August shorn strong wool Poll Merino ram in its opening class in front of five other sires.

The six-tooth ram, which is by Terrick West 3381 and out of a Collinsville Majestic daughter, in the ring carried wool figures of 21.8 micron, 4.0 SD, 18.3 CV and 98.3 per cent comfort factor.

The ram is no stranger to broad ribbons at last month’s Australian Sheep & Wool Show at Bendigo, Victoria, it was sashed the grand champion Poll Merino ram and reserve grand champion strong wool ram while at this year’s Make Smoking History Williams Gateway Expo it was sashed the reserve grand champion Poll Merino ram.

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2017 Ram Sales

Thank you to all our clients for their continued support during our ram sales and private selections. We look forward to seeing how all our Merino, Poll Merino and White Suffolks rams do throughout the coming year.

We had great results this year no rams being passed in at our On Property Sale and an average of $1643 over our 348 Merino and Poll Merinos and an average of $1240 over our 169 White Suffolk rams. Thank you also to all our clients who made both the Esperance sale and Lewisdale Corrigin sale a great success.The days would not be possible without the efforts of the extended team and the Dudinin Tennis Club and Kulin Pub – thank you for all your hard work. Thank you also to our agents, Elders, Landmark and WestCoast Livestock for the smooth running of the sales on the days.

Private selections are now available for Kolindale, Lewisdale Bloodline and Lewisdale Corrigin Merino and Poll Merinos and Kolindale White Suffolks.

We wish all our clients great success throughout the year and please do not hesitate to call Luke on 0427 890 046 for any further information.

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White Suffolk Sire Ramsay Park

We are happy to announce our new White Suffolk Sire purchased for $17,000 from Ramsay Park stud at Minlaton. This magnificent ram was the supreme White Suffolk exhibit of the Royal Adelaide Show. This May 2016-drop ram weighed 131 kilograms, with 15-millimetre fat depth and 48mm eye muscle depth. (Photo courtesy Stock Journal).
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2016 Ram Sales

We would like to thank our clients for their continued support during the sales of our Merino, Poll Merino and White Suffolks rams.

Our On Property Sale was a great day with the sale of 350 Kolindale and Lewisdale Bloodline Merino and Poll Merino rams and the sale of 150 White Suffolk rams. The day would not be possible without the efforts of the extended team and the Dudinin Tennis Club – thank you for all your hard work. Thank you also to our agents, Elders and Landmark, for the smooth running of the sales on the day. Thank you also to all our clients who made both the Esperance sale and Lewisdale Corrigin sale a great success.

Private selections are now available for Kolindale, Lewisdale Bloodline and Lewisdale Corrigin Merino and Poll Merinos and Yanda White Suffolks.

We wish all our clients great success throughout the year and please do not hesitate to call Luke on 0427 890 046 for any further information.

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2016 On Farm Field Day

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Kolindale On Farm Field Day. We appreciate you all taking time out of your busy schedules to inspect the selection of Kolindale, Lewisdale Bloodline, Lewisdale Corrigin and Yanda White Suffolk rams that will be available at this years auctions.

Guests were treated to a great talk by AFL legend Kevin Sheedy who entertained the crowd with stories of his playing and couching career. We would like to thank our major sponsor Bayer Animal Health and Optima Lime for their talk on soil pH and nutrition. Also the day would not have be possible without the many people involved with the the setup and your help is appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you at this years ram sales.

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2016 Wagin Woolorama

We are pleased with our win of Champion Medium Wool Poll at the 2016 Wagin Woolorama. Thank you to all of the Kolindale team for their efforts.
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New Record White Suffolk Sire

Welcome to the family – our new White Suffolk Sire purchased at the Perth Royal Show today for $18,500 from Kiara White Suffolk Stud. This impressive ram won 2015 Grand Champion White Suffolk and we are looking forward to next years lambs. A total of 3 new White Suffolk Sires were added to the Yanda family from the 2015 Perth Royal Show All Breeds Stud Ram and Ewe sale.
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2015 On Property & Esperance Ram Sales

Another year of ram sales has come to an end! We cannot thank our clients enough for their continued support of Kolindale and also to our new Yanda White Suffolk clients. The day would not be possible without the efforts of the Dudinin Tennis Club and the extended team, so thank you for all your hard work. Thank you also to our agents, Elders and Landmark, for the smooth running of the sales on the day.

We wish you success throughout the year and please do not hesitate to call on 0427 890 046 if you require any classing or sheep management advice. Private selections are now available.
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Yanda White Suffolk

We are pleased to now offer one of the best prime lamb breeds with the purchase of Yanda White Suffock Stud. The aim is to sell 100 rams at the on property sale on Monday 21 September 2015, followed by private selections. John Argent will continue to advise with ram selection and ewe matings.

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Lewisdale Corrigin Rams

Lewisdale-Corrigin Stud

We are pleased to announce the purchase of Lewisdale-Corrigin Stud. Included in the purchase were the top 600 ewes, 10 stud sires, 200 ram lambs and 50 – 1yo ram hoggets. The stud will be run from our North-East Newdegate property with rams offered at the Corrigin Districts Breeders Ram Sale on September 14, 2015. Jack and Ivan Lewis continue as stud consultants.

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2014 On Property Ram Sale

Thank you to current and new clients who attended our 2014 on farm ram sale and for making it a great success. Your business is much appreciated and we look forward to keeping touch throughout the year. A special thanks to Elders, the Dudinin Tennis Club and the extended team involved in making the day a great success.

We look forward to seeing you again next year.
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A Regal Purchase

Adelaide Ram Sale hits $66,000 high
Competition for Collinsville Regal 242 was incredibly tight, with Luke Ledwith, Kolindale Merinos and Poll Merinos, Dudinin, WA securing the sire for $66,000 after fast and frantic bidding.

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New Regal Sire

Regal 242 had been added to the Kolindale selection of sires after being purchased at the Adelaide Show Ram Sale 2014 for $66,000. This large ram, with exceptional 19.4 micron wool is AI bred by Collinsville Regal 9 (top price Collinsville ram in 2012 sale at $23,000) and the grandson of Majestic (sold for $30,000 to Sherlock stud).

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2014 Esperance Ram Sale

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2014 Esperance Ram Sale. We would like to thank all our current and new clients for supporting us, we hope your purchase bring you much success.

We look forward to catching up during the year and again at next years sale. Please do not hesitate to call Luke if you require any classing or advice on your sheep flock.
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Anthony Koutoufides visits Kolindale

This years Kolindale On Farm Field Day was a great success with around 70 people traveling to see our grazed crop trials, a selection of rams and also to listen to our guest speaker Anthony Koutoufides. Thank you to all those who took time out of their busy schedules to enjoy a day out.

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