We are a family run business focusing on breeding a heavier cutting, plainer bodied Poll Merino which is early maturing, with bright, bulky, soft, wool. Established in 1963, One Oak Poll has been breeding Poll Merinos for over 50 years – and are now in our third generation of Stud Merino breeding. On our farm we are solely focused on breeding Poll Merinos for a commercial return for ourselves and our ram clients.
One Oak Poll Merino Stud was established in 1963 by Alby Wells at Wedderburn in Victoria, with Graham Wells later moving the stud, One Oak to Conargo Road, Jerilderie. Alistair and his wife Natasha took over the running of the Poll portion of One Oak in 1996, when they moved out to the station block “One Oak North” located 45kms North of Jerilderie. Alistair, Natasha and their children Amelia and Lachlan are all actively involved in running the farm and work together to achieve their objectives of breeding stud Poll Merino sheep.
One Oak Poll has 2300 Stud breeding ewes which are run on 5000 ha of Riverina plains and Boree country. The sheep are run on a combination of native pasture and a small percentage (12%) of farming country, where a rotation of oats, barley and wheat are grown for grazing. In 2003 we started ‘pasture cropping’ and later zero till to regenerate paddocks and improve the availability of feed for our sheep.
We consistently select the toughest, most robust sheep, which will survive and thrive as an easy care animal. Our sheep are bred to survive and thrive in a tough environment.
One Oak Poll’s current five year average micron is 20.0 with a focus on large framed, free growing, heavy cutting sheep. Our adult wool clip ranges from 18 to 21.5 micron.
As a stud breeder, Alistair gained experience by working with his father Graham Wells in the family business at One Oak Merino Stud. He then worked at Awapiri Merino Stud in New Zealand’s high country, and then later at Haddon Rig in Western Australia. Alistair spent two years working for Wool Lot Builders in Melbourne. Whilst working in Melbourne Alistair also studied Fibre Measurement and Buying and Broking at the Melbourne College Of Textiles. He also completed his Wool Classing Certificate at this time.
Natasha studied a Bachelor of Media at RMIT in Melbourne after finishing school in Hamilton in the Western District. She then worked in the head office of Coles Myer LTD. as a Public Relations Officer before moving to Jerilderie once married. Natasha furthered her studies by completing a Bachelor of Graphic Design at Charles Sturt University and currently works on the farm as well as a freelance Graphic Designer.
We hold an annual on property auction each year on the last Friday in September and also sell rams privately. We are more than happy for you to inspect our sheep. Please give us a ring and make an appointment.