Big stud dreams at only 13

Brothers plan to start a Merino Stud at just thirteen-years-old


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Leo Blanch, Westvale stud, Wollun, gives 13-year-old Campbell Palmer, Temora, advice on starting his own Merino stud. Picture: Rachael Webb

Leo Blanch, Westvale stud, Wollun, gives 13-year-old Campbell Palmer, Temora, advice on starting his own Merino stud. Picture: Rachael Webb

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Young merino enthusiast gets advice from the best in the business at Sydney Royal Show.

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Teenager Campbell Palmer is now a familiar face in the Sydney Royal Show's sheep pavilion.

Hailing from Temora, the 13-year-old attended the Sydney Show with his family to exhibit Clydesdales. But, his real aspirations were to start a Merino stud alongside his 12-year-old brother William, so he took the initiative to learn as much as he could from the best in the business.

Westvale stud principal Leo Blanch from Wollun said Campbell was quick to introduce himself.

"He was leaning over the rail and he impressed us so much, he gave us a good firm handshake and asked us what sort of stud we had and where and so we started to talk," Mr Blanch said.

"We had a great talk about how he's going to start his stud and things he'll need to look at so he doesn't make the same mistakes most of us did in our day."

Campbell's Merino stud dreams are not pie in the sky, he has an exact plan of how he will fund and manage a stud alongside his brother.

Campbell said the idea started when he and his brother were given two poddy crossbreed lambs.

"We thought we're going pretty good here, buying all of our own feed and water and taking care of them ourselves," Campbell said.

"We thought it wouldn't be bad to put sheep on our grandparents farm."

They plan to buy up to 30 Merino ewes and a ram to get started and Campbell is already eyeing a few studs.

"We're hoping to buy some Merryville or Tara Park ewes because they're close to home so they've got used to the ground that we're going to be putting them on," Campbell said.

Campbell and William will fund the start up of their stud through a chicken business.

The brothers did calculations on how many ewes they can buy based on last year's average price and how much profit they can make from their Isa Browns.

The Palmer's are thinking of naming their Merino stud Benwerrin Park after their family's Clydesdale stud, which was started in the 70s.

Campbell's new mentor, Mr Blanch already predicted a bright future for Benwerrin Park Merinos.

"I think anyone so keen, so young and with his attitude and the skills he's already got, I think he could go a long way," Mr Blanch said.

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