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Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Many reasons for pair to celebrate
Story and photo by Bob Garnant ©
A lifetime of blissful wool production will be celebrated when Terry Barritt OAM and his wife Joan toast their 55th wedding anniversary in November.
Now semi-retired from their Monalta Grazing Company farming enterprise at Broomehill, the couple were at last week’s Western Wool Centre. Their farm is now in the capable hands of their son Douglass and his wife Carole.
“We were very pleased with how our wool sold,” Mr Barritt said. “Prices were on par with those of the late 1980s.”
The Monalta clip offering of 76 bales listed from the Primaries catalogue sold to a top price of 1840¢/kg greasy for a one bale consignment of 16.3 micron fleece shorn from mature-aged ewes. It was just 31¢/kg away from being Primaries’ sale topper of the day. Monalta’s finest micron wool measured a length of 68mm and had a 69.2 per cent yield.
“Our June-shorn wool recorded one of the most even averages of 17.5 micron,” Mr Barritt said. “Douglass is assisted by his son James in running a 3000 StrathHaddon blood self replacing Merino ewe flock.”
Mr Barritt said Monalta thrives on a 60/40 cropping/sheep mixed farming enterprise.
“It’s been a very late start to the season and hand-feeding continues,” he said. “Although the feed bill has been significant, the strong wool prices today bring us a balance of confidence.”
Terry Barritt is a member of the
Rotary Club of Armadale in
Rotary District 9465.
He and Joan are regular visitors
to the Rotary Club of Katanning.
Barritt Terry. Barritt Terry. Barritt Terry.