With the southern end of the Grampians in South West Victoria as a backdrop Firgrove is about an hours drive up from the coast and an hour in from the South Australian border and has an “average” rainfall of 650mm. The Firgrove operation is first and foremost a commercial grazing enterprise.
Firgrove Merino Stud (horned) was established in 1980 with the aim of supplying rams to the Firgrove flock. Early influences on the stud came from Silver Pines, (Uardry), Glendemar and Carramar Hills and later from Bindawarra and Snowy Plains. Commercially influenced objective and subjective selection criteria led to a hardy productive sheep well suited to this environment that thrived under high stocking rates.
To capitalise on the strong lamb and mutton trade Firgrove Poll stud was established in 2003 with the transferring of ewes from the Firgrove stud and the use of poll rams (semen) from Barraminning Poll, (now Colburn Park), Toorackie Poll, and Centre Plus.
The aim of Firgrove Poll is to produce an early maturing “good doing”, “easy care” animal with high fertility and favourable carcass traits, whilst maintaining the excellent Firgrove wool quality.
At selection we use measurements such as wool cut, growth, muscle and fat along side rigid visual assessment. The Firgrove adult wool clip has an average fibre diameter of 18.5u.
In 2014 we purchased a line of the top grade Fernleigh stud ewes, for their frame and wool cut, length and style, We are maintaining a family from this base within the stud.