Deniliquin sheep farmer Alan Wragge achieved what is believed to be the highest wool price of the year last month.
Mr Wragge sold his 17.8 micron fleece for $3105 per bale, earning 1545 cents per greasy kilogram and 2210 cents per clean kilogram.
It had 69.9 per cent yield, with 78mm length and 37 newtons per kilogram.
It was harvested from his Woodpark bloodline Merino rams bred at his property ‘Yaloke’.
The wool was sold by Landmark wool manager Warren Bull, who said he was was quite impressed by the product.
‘‘It’s certainly one of the highest prices I’ve seen in the district for a long time,’’ Mr Bull said.
‘‘For 18 micron wool, the current average is 2148 clean price per kilo, so Alan’s was above average.’’
The secret to the massive sale was quite simple, according to Mr Wragge, who started shearing earlier than normal this season.
‘‘The past two years I’ve shorn them a few months earlier (than usual),’’ he said.
‘‘It made a huge difference in the quality of wool. That decision has paid off quite well.’’
Mr Bull said wool sales have been booming of late, with last year’s average sale price being 1629 clean price per kg.
Comparing that to the 10 year average of 1337c/kg, Mr Wragge said he was happy with how things were going.
‘‘What a time it is to be a sheep farmer,’’ he said.
‘‘You can’t complain at all with those numbers.’’
Mr Wragge is a fifth generation sheep farmer in the Wakool district, with his ancestors among the original settlers at Wakool.
His grandfather, also named Alan, was the first to live and work at ‘Yaloke’.
‘‘It’s a bit of a family business really,’’ he said.
‘‘Merinos have been the mainstay at Yaloke, so I’m proud to be keeping the tradition alive.
‘‘We trade as Tulla Pastoral, which is the original farm that my ancestors settled at.’
-Deniliquin Pastoral Times.