Donnelly’s shine amid quality flocks at Don Brown Memorial

QUALITY Wool clients Donnelly Pastoral Co have shone amongst a host of high calibre flocks on display at the 39th Don Brown Memorial Merino Ewe Competition, placing third in the judging in Condobolin, NSW on Tuesday.

The St Omer-based enterprise, represented at the two-day event by Fred, Colleen and Louise Donnelly, was placed first among the four properties visited on day one of the program on Monday before settling into third position after final judging.

With a 2018 lambing percentage of 67.5 per cent and a culling percentage of 28.5 per cent, the Donnelly flock of Boonoke/Wanganella bloodlines is shorn in March with ewes lambing in April/May.

The flock was classed by well-known sheep classer and Merino breeding specialist Chris Bowman.

The competition’s winning flock belonged to Harold and Phillip Crouch of Karu Pastoral Pty Ltd (Milby), closely followed in second place by last year’s winners Allen, Peter and Vicky Stuckey of Murtonga Pastoral (Murtonga).

In addition to their Diamond Sponsorship, Quality Wool had a strong presence at the competition through Anthony Windus (Central West Area Manager), Craig Davis (Condobolin), Suzanne Carlon (Orange) and Dale Bowers (Stockinbingal).

For the latter two, the event continued to widen their wool industry education which began in mid-2018 through Quality Wool’s youth pathway.

The program provides on-the-job training and support through a specified curriculum, aimed at broadening the participants’ knowledge of all aspects of the wool ‘pipeline’ (full story:



Winner: Karu Pastoral Pty Ltd, “Karu”

Runner-Up: Murtonga Pastoral, “Murtonga”

Third: Donnelly Pastoral Co, “St Omer”

The John Coy Memorial Award for Achievement by a new or returning entry: Mookabri Pastoral, “Mookabri”

The Ian Munro Memorial Perpetual Award for a Short Wool Flock: JN & CM L’estrange, “Inglewood”

The Gordan McMaster’s Classer’s AwardChris Bowman