Having lived in Gnowangerup all of his life, Collyn Garnett is a fourth generation Western Australian farmer who is immensely proud of his family and the history of the family’s farm.
Collyn enjoys working with like-minded people and being part of the hard working, accommodating and honest farming community. He finds the most rewarding part of being a farmer, and being the Principal of both the Willemenup and Curlew Creek studs, is the opportunity to meet and work with so many like-minded people and to travel, both to the eastern states and overseas, showcasing the supreme breeding from Western Australia.
Collyn has extensive experience in stud breeding and classing and has particularly enjoyed working with his father, Dick Garnett, Ken Littlejohn and Graham Holden over the years. In 1997 Collyn was selected to attend the South African Merino Ram Breeders exchange which provided him with great exposure to a range of stud breeders and businesses.
The management of the Willemenup Poll Merino Stud has carried on now through three generations of the Garnett family and continues on as one of Western Australia’s most successful merino studs, both in the show ring and in the paddock. Whilst the Curlew Creek Poll Dorset Stud is a relative newcomer, both in the families’ sense and in Western Australian breeding, Collyn and his team have notched up some significant achievements, including Supreme Interbreed Champion Ewe at the 2014 Wagin Woolorama.
Collyn has judged at a range of shows including: 2003 Adelaide Royal Show, 2005 Bendigo Australian Sheep and Wool Show and 2013 Queensland Sheep Show. Collyn has more recently been honoured with an invitation to judge at the Comodoro Rivadavia held in January 2016 in the Patagonian province of Chubut in southern Argentina.
With a strong commitment to the sheep industry, Collyn is a committee member of the Great Southern Merino Sheep Breeders Association, as well as being a member of its All Breeds Sub-committee. Collyn is also a member of the WA Branch of the Australian Poll Dorset Association and is a member of the local ram field day committee, the Gnowangerup-Broomehill Merino Sheep Breeders.
A family man at heart, Collyn reflects that his greatest achievement is his beautiful wife and three girls. Time away from the farm provides him with time to think, valuable family time, anything to do with the beach and bikes and travel.
Collyn can be contacted on 0428 271 304 or email@example.com
Benton Addis has been involved with the Curlew Creek Poll Dorset Stud for many years being a regular seasonal worker during his schooling years. In June 2014, Brenton was offered and accepted the role of Stud Manager at Curlew Creek Poll Dorset Stud.
Brenton grew up on his families’ sheep and grain farm in Nyabing, moving to Perth to undertake his high school education at Wesley College. After completing school, Brenton launched into his farming career following his interests in sheep, particularly sheep breeding, through the establishment of his own Border Leicester stud. This experience continues to provide Brenton with a solid understanding of the workings and requirements of sheep and producing animals that perform in the show ring as well as in the paddock.
Brenton has performed the Under Judge role at Wagin Woolorama as well as the Over Judge role of the Junior Judges for the British Breeds competition at the 2014 Perth Royal Sheep Show.
Brenton’s role at Curlew Creek sees him undertaking day to day maintenance and management of the Curlew Creek breeding program including feeding regimes, show sheep preparation as well as assisting in other farm duties as governed by the season. Brenton particularly enjoys and specialises in deciphering Lambplan results and ensuring Curlew Creek clients are getting the best information in making a decision on their ram purchases.
Brenton can be contacted on 0400 064 458 or firstname.lastname@example.org