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#037: Richard Halliday explains how a merino stud operation works

Richard Halliday Callowie Episode Wool Academy Podcast 37
Richard Halliday is a dedicated wool grower and merino stud breeder. In addition, Richard is the current president of WoolProducers Australia, the national voice for wool growers in Australia. In this interview, Richard talks about his operation and his passion for wool. Richard takes the time to explain various sheep terms such as hogget or wether. As the President of WoolProducers Australia, Richard also introduces the organisation and shares his motivation to be serving the wool industry.

About Richard Halliday

Richard has worked in the wool industry all his life. Richard, Jacquie and their children Sarah, Angus and Thomas run the Callowie Poll Merino stud and commercial sheep flock. Their property is located in the south-east South Australia near Bordertown. Richard joins WoolProducers from Livestock SA’s Wool and Livestock Committee.

Connect with Richard Halliday here

Callowie Merino Stud website
Wool Producers Australia website

Key Time Stamps

[01:13] What does Callowie mean?
[02:05] About Richard Halliday
[05:47] Richard describes his Callowie property
[08:44] What is a merino stud farm?
[12:40] Richard’s breeding objectives
[15:36] Importance of marketing your wool operation
[16:20] What is special about the Callowie sheep?
[17:41] What to look out for in a ram
[19:28] What is a ram sale like?
[21:34] How to get a sheep to stand still for a photo?
[23:55] Why sheep farmers only speak about their number of ewes.
[26:07] What is a wether and a what a hogget?
[27:06] What is the difference between dry sheep and lactating sheep?
[28:20] About WoolProducers Australia
[31:53] Favourite moment of Richart Halliday
[36:18] How to connect with Richard and with WoolProducers Australia

About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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