Bella Lana stud runs on “Birrell Vale”, 302 Burrel Creek Road, Dripstone which is located 16km south of Wellington, NSW. Our properties consist of 2200 hectares of undulating hills and open valleys, with a pasture mix of native and improved pastures, and some grazing cereals. Our sole focus is our Merino sheep operation, consisting of stud and commercial ewes.
Merinos suit us because of our passion and belief in our sheep and the industry. Bella Lana is very much a family-based enterprise where our daughters, Sarah, Jane and Hannah, show their keenness and have hands-on involvement in the running of the stud.
Bella Lana was founded in 2006 on Wallaloo Park bloodline, and we have used these genetics since 1995. In our very first year as a registered stud, we sold rams at the Classic Ram Sale at Wellington and topped the sale, indicating to us that our breeding objectives were in line with market demand.
In 2008, we purchased ewes from Charlie Massy’s former Severn Park at Cooma, to add to our genetic base. We selected Severn Park ewes for their good eye muscle, fat cover and growth, and also because some of the ewes were true Poll Merinos.
We average 120% lambing. Our average flock micron is 18.7 and our wool cut to 7.5kg a head. We have sheep that are plain bodied and require minimum care and chemicals for flies.
We have found there are so many benefits from running our line of breeding – not least of all is the saving of labour, which is increasingly hard to find. People went out of sheep as they were hard work… not our sheep.
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Our Breeding Objectives
- 4.5 kg of 18.5 micron wool every 6 months
- Length 70 mm
- Weaning 130% of lambs
- Sale of lambs into the trade at 6-9 months at 18-20 kg dressed weight
- Our sheep must be plain bodied to reduce flystrike and to minimise the use of chemicals
- Our sheep are mules free
- Our sheep must perform in our country with minimal to no supplementary feeding
What our customers are saying
I’ve been buying rams from Bella Lana since 2008, when I started with buying 8 of their rams that year. They’ve got a good wool type and micron count on them. They’re a good type of sheep that suit my country. They’ve got good big frames, plain bodies, and they’ve been breeding true to type – they’re producing the type of sheep that I like to breed. I sold my surplus 1.5-year-old ewes at the Dunedoo Annual Merino Breeders’ Sale in January, 2011, and they well and truly topped the market at $230 a head. The ewes had a major ... read more
We have been buying Bella Lana rams since 2007 and have seen a positive effect on the crimp and character of our wool. I also find it easy to source the well-framed rams we require. Scott and Anna demonstrate a personal approach to their clients, and a commitment to the industry
If you are a Merino breeder who is keen to jump on board and take their flock forward into the 21st century, then I can honestly say Bella Lana is the stud to do it. I do not like to praise people too much but in this case you will not find a more honest, passionate person with strong integrity than Scotty Brien. He will not sell a ram that he would not use himself that I have witnessed. Bella Lana sheep have fantastic wools and frames. The stud is always searching the country for the sire that will make ... read more