About Sandalwood Poll Merinos
Sandalwood, South Australia
The Boughen family from Sandalwood Poll Merinos (rebranded from Kamora-Netley Park in 2021) have worked hard over fifty years to produce Poll Merinos that are big boned, with excellent square structure, good pasterns and lovely loose soft skin carrying white, stylish wools.
The strict classing requirements at Sandalwood Poll ensures that all their sheep have white crimpy wools with lock which is something the stud has worked hard at. Wool with good lock keep out the elements which is particularly important for yield.
“We believe that yield and staple length with lock gives us weight,” says Justin Boughen, Sandalwood Poll Stud Principal.
Sandalwood Poll began breeding dual purpose poll merinos in 1963. Meat and wool were just as important back then as it is today.
With more than fifty years breeding, Sandalwood Poll are confident that they are on the right track and their clients also agree!
Sandalwood Poll Merinos produce bright white, well-nourished wools with exceptional lock.
“We breed these sheep to make a profit ourselves knowing that the people who buy them will to. We are proud that our breeding can cope with any environment. From drought country to high rain fall regions, the South East of South Australia through to Victoria, and all parts of New South Wales. Sandalwood Poll Merinos thrive in any environment.
Sandalwood Poll are based near Sandalwood, South Australia which is half-way between Murray Bridge and Loxton in the heart of the SA Murray Mallee.
“We are in sandy loam, red flat country with 12 inches on average rainfall a year. Our sheep sure know how to survive on not much out here in the mallee.
We breed sheep to thrive knowing if they can live here, they can live anywhere.”
3000 of our ewes are mated every year. In 2021 after scanning, we have 2853 ewes set to lamb with the balance of 147 mated for a spring drop lamb. We AI 100-150 ewes each year. We believe in keeping our best young sires for natural mating which gives us breeding predictability.
We single mate as many rams as possible having between 20-25 mobs at lambing. We like to know exactly the lambs from each ram,” says Justin Boughen, Sandalwood Poll Merinos Stud Principal.
Sandalwood Poll are currently selling 400 rams each year through their on-property auction and private sales.
Justin and Paul Boughen welcome all enquires.