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Money to be made for sheep as market continues to improve:

With lamb prices on the rise and wool hitting its straps once more, there has never been a better time to invest in the quality of your sheep flock.

The market for lamb is expected to remain strong throughout 2017, with the low Aussie dollar attracting foreign buyers who are benefitting from low AUD value relative to the rest of the world. Demand from our key export markets: US, China and the Middle East continues to increase, and is likely to remain strong over 2017 (MLA, 2016).

The long-term market outlook for lamb looks promising: with domestic demand remaining strong despite higher prices and our major international competitor (NZ) unlikely to increase production to keep pace with growing international demand for quality lamb (MLA, Dec, 2017).

Meat and Livestock Australia market information manager Ben Thomas said lamb and wool prices are creating incentives for producers to retain lambs to produce both wool and meat. This means there has never been a better time to invest in the quality of your flock (The Land, 2017).

Haddon Rig specialises in consistently producing durable, fertile, large-framed Merinos with exceptional wool. Our mixed-age ewes averaged 8kgs wool/head at general shearing in December and averaged a 3-score condition whilst fleece wool sold from our AI ewes in December 2016 was exceptional: 20 microns, 99.4 CF, 74.7% yield, staple length 107mm with a price of 1139 cents/kg which meant over $2220/bale. At these prices, with our ewes cutting over 8kgs/head, each ewe averaged $72.60 return per head.

At weaning time, ram lambs weighed up to 52kgs and averaged just under 40kgs in total. With these growth weights and early maturity, we’ve really been able to take advantage of the strong wether lamb market ($5.50/kg). With returns like these, we are passionate about helping our clients achieve similar returns.

Andy Maclean says, ‘High wool prices and increased demand for lamb exports means that breeders should be aiming for high-yielding, well-performing and fertile sheep that can maintain condition in tough weather.Haddon Rig is in an excellent position to help you improve the quality of your flock, to ensure you achieve higher yields, higher lambing rates and greater returns for your sheep business. 

2017 HR Newsletter 15-Aug-2017

Our 2017 Haddon Rig newsletter is now available for download! We hope you enjoy reading it! Follow the link...

2016 Season Wrap-up 15-Dec-2016

Get the latest on our 2016 Breeding program and strategic plan going forward!

2016 Haddon Rig Ram Sale Results 30-Sep-2016

RECOGNITION of the depth of breeding in Haddon Rig Merinos was exemplified by new and valued returning buyers from four states who eagerly bid for their sire battery requirements at the Falkiner family’s 33rd on-property sale at Warren, last Thursday, and purchased 164 stud rams for an average $2653.

Newsletter Haddon Rig Article 04-Jul-2016

With Haddon Rig celebrating 100 years of Falkiner ownership it is a good idea to have a look at where the wool
market sits from a historical prospective...

2016 HR Newsletter 04-Jul-2016

Our 2016 Haddon Rig newsletter is now available for download! We hope you enjoy reading it! Follow the link...

Jim Coward's return to the farm 27-Jun-2016

It has been excellent to have Jim Coward return to the farm, fresh from the Central Coast, and as keen as always to get his hands dirty on the property...

2015 HR Farming Report 05-Nov-2015

With an extremely wet planting window during sowing in 2015 time was not on our side to get all intended hectares sown to winter crop...

2015 HR Newsletter 16-Oct-2015

Our 2015 Haddon Rig newsletter is now available for download! We hope you enjoy reading it! Follow the link...

2015 HR Auction Results 17-Sep-2015

The Productivity of Haddon Rig’s Merino and poll Merino genetics attracted 50 Registered Buyers to their hugely successful On-Property Sale last week...

Haddon Rig vs Egelabra 19-Feb-2015

2015 Macquarie Stud Cricket Cup
One Day International held
Friday 20th February in
Nevertire was taken out by Egelabra...

2014 HR Newsletter 22-Jul-2014

Our 2014 Haddon Rig newsletter is now available for download! We hope you enjoy reading it! Follow the link...

HR in farming mag 21-Nov-2013

Haddon Rig has been profiled in Kondinin Group's Farming Ahead magazine, titled 'Breeding philosophy moves to meet market demand'.

Sale day draws crowd 13-Oct-2013

127 rams sold to average a pleasing $1815 at our 30th annual on-property ram sale on October 10. Click to view videos, photos and more...

View sale ram photos 17-Sep-2013

View our photo gallery of selected Haddon Rig Horned and Poll Merino sale rams, and their wool. Sale day: 10th October!!

Video + Catalogue 17-Sep-2013

Our 2013 Haddon Rig Pre Sale Video and Sale Catalogue (online version) are both now online! Click here for more...

HR Open Day a hit 17-Sep-2013

More than 60 producers attended the inaugural Haddon Rig Open Day and Poll Stud launch on September 13. Click to watch Eleanor's video report!

HR Open Day on 13/9 05-Sep-2013

Haddon Rig Poll Merino Stud will be launched with an open day at "Haddon Rig" on Friday, September 13. See you there!

HR in The Land 20-Aug-2013

We had a three-page feature appear in The Land newspaper on August 15 to promote our new Poll Merino stud. Click to download...

2013 HR Newsletter 13-Aug-2013

Our 2013 Haddon Rig newsletter is now available for download! We hope you enjoy reading it! Follow the link...

Data for ASBVs 14-Jun-2013

While the rain fell on June 12, we were busy collecting yearling weight, eye muscle and fat depth data from 400 top young rams, to become ASBVs

Warren Show Supreme 21-May-2013

The Haddon Rig show team blitzed the field of 82 stud sheep and 52 flock sheep at the Warren Show, on May 18, winning Supreme Merino Exhibit!

Dubbo ribbon haul 07-May-2013

The Haddon Rig team secured six ribbons from eight sheep shown at the Dubbo Show, held on May 3, 4 and 5, including Reserve Champion March Shorn Ram!

Stud ewes scan 157% 18-Apr-2013

A dry, hot joining hasn't deterred HR stud ewes from notching up a terrific pregnancy scanning percentage - 157% in the mature age ewes!

Walgett wether blitz 27-Mar-2013

HR clients, the O'Keeffe family, won this year's judging of the Walgett Wether Trial, held on March 26. The Pyke family, Come-By-Chance, placed second.

Ewe Comp Success 19-Mar-2013

Gulgong clients' HR ewes praised for structure, wool cut in Tablelands Flock Ewe Competition, after placing 2nd from 16 flocks in the competition.

Stud cricket raises $1900 11-Feb-2013

It was Haddon Rig versus Egelabra on Friday, February 8, for a friendly cricket match, where $1900 was raised for the Coonabarabran Bush Fire Appeal

Grade Rams Video 15-Oct-2012

Haddon Rig has 1100 Grade Rams available for your selection. This video show their depth and we know you'll like what you see...

Ram Sale avg $1675 12-Oct-2012

The HR team was pleased to welcome a large crowd of loyal repeat and new clients to our property on Thursday, where 108 rams sold to a top of $4000

Pre Sale Video 08-Oct-2012

Watch our Pre Sale Video to view sale rams, stud ewes, and hear a few words from Andy MacLean about our stud breeding direction

View catalogue online! 06-Sep-2012

The catalogue for our on-property ram sale is online and available for download. Offering 110 rams on 11 October. Follow the link...

Huge crowd at Young 06-Sep-2012

Wow! Andy and the crew had a fantastic day at the South West Slopes Merino Field Day at Iandra Castle, via Young on 6 September. Photos here...

Wether trial success 04-Sep-2012

Two teams of Haddon Rig-blood sheep placed 1st and 2nd for Total Sheep Value out of 14 teams in a comprehensive Clyde Agriculture wether trial

HR shines at Dubbo 31-Aug-2012

We had a great opportunity to catch up with clients at the Dubbo National, and were very pleased with our sale result too, selling all five rams.

HR at Nyngan Ag Expo 07-Aug-2012

The HR team had a great day out with the sale team at Saturday's Nyngan Ag Expo. Our next outing will be the Dubbo National, to be held on Aug 29-30.

Newsletter launched 02-Aug-2012

We've just finished our 2012 8-page newsletter, and it's available for you to download. Stud sire information, HR news, new staff, photos, stories...

Impressive wools 02-Aug-2012

Andy has been with Forbes Murdoch and classer, Andy McLeod, assessing this year's sale rams. Wool quality's impressive and the averages are in...

Bendigo show success 23-Jul-2012

Haddon Rig's show team may have been younger than its competition, but still collected two ribbons at the recent Australian Sheep and Wool Show

HR at Nyngan Ag Expo 18-Jul-2012

The Haddon Rig team will have rams on display at this year's Nyngan Ag Expo, to be held on Saturday, August 4.

Selling 5 at Dubbo 13-Jul-2012

Haddon Rig is gearing up to offer five stud rams at this year's Dubbo National Merino Show and Sale, to be held from August 28 to 30.


Haddon Rig in the Media

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The Land 2012 Sale 
Report, 18/10/12 
The Land 2011 Sale 
Report, 12/10/11