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PALLINUP RIVER MARINO STUD FARM HAS QUALITY SOFT FLEECE

LOCK LEWIS HAS THE RIGHT ATTITUDE ABOUT MARINO SHEEP

ESTABLISHED in 1976 by Geoff Lewis, Gnowangerup, Pallinup River stud farm is known for its quality wool Merinos and Poll Merinos.

The flock was established and built up over a number of years, loyal clients followed the stud’s progress and Geoff prided himself on overseeing the production of big framed, soft-woolled sheep.

But after Geoff’s sad passing in early 2009 his son Locky, fuelled by a sense of pride and nostalgia, continued Geoff’s dream of making Pallinup one of the most renowned Merino studs in the Great Southern.

Now 29, Locky is one of the youngest studbreeders in the State but it’s a title which still doesn’t sit comfortably with him.

“My dad was the studbreeder, not me,” Locky laughed.

“But it’s a job I could have never taken on without the support of a number of local studbreeders and the Gnowangerup community.”

Locky said without the help of friends and neighbours, Dick and Collyn Garnett, Willemenup stud, his transition to stud principal would have been made even more difficult.

Despite always knowing he would one day fill his father’s shoes on the farm, Locky said he had to take on a number of large responsibilities in a relatively short period of time.

But with the help of his mother (and farm bookkeeper) Kerry, sister Kelsie and fiancee Kristy Boxall, he managed to find his feet.

These days Locky is responsible for the day-to-day running and future planning of Pallinup stud and with 2200 breeding ewes, 1500 lambs and 100 rams on his 2225 hectare farm, it’s a job he doesn’t take lightly.

“There are so many prospects for young people involved in the livestock industry,” he said.

“WA’s Merino wool industry is in relatively good stead and it’s an exciting time to be involved.

“WA has some fantastic trade opportunities and after so many of our sheep were trucked interstate last year, it’ll be interesting to see how the industry bounces back.”

At Pallinup’s 33rd annual on-property sale last year buyers took full advantage of the 108 two-tooth rams on offer

January 16th, 2012
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