Myamyn stud breeders Marylyn and Des Stevens have one of the largest Ryeland flocks in Australia, with about 200 breeders. Ms Stevens says they have been breeding Ryelands since 1955, after her father encouraged her to get into breeding the easy-care, nice-natured sheep.

Back then they sourced well-known Burnwood bloodlines, then used Uroonda (Marylyn’s father’s stud) and have since linebred under the stud name Hallylulya. “We have the ability to line breed because we have the ewe numbers to do it,” she said. “We have also used one outcross ram from New Zealand to get a bit more length in our sheep, which has happened.”

Hallylulya sell about 100 flock rams a year, for prime lamb producers, while last year the stud sold about 90 ewes, mainly to other Ryeland breeders in NSW, Western Australia and Victoria.

The enterprise also runs a separate White Suffolk stud also under the name Hallylulya with 100 breeding ewes, and the flock rams sold off. This year the couple plan to take 10 Ryelands to the Sheep and Wool Show, a team that includes last years champion ram and the champion short wool ewe at the Heritage Feature Show at Hamilton Sheepvention last year.