There is a rich family history underpinning Willemenup. “My great-grandparents James and Elizabeth Garnett arrived in Gnowangerup in 1905 from South Australia. They purchased 1,000 acres for 8p/ acre from Able Richards and took up the land on 25th December, hence the name Xmas Farm” says Collyn Garnett of the families home farm. Collyn's grandfather Verdun Garnett came home to farm Xmas Farm in 1937.
Willemenup Stud was formed in 1954 by Verdun and Winifred Garnett, providing clients with high quality horned Merinos through private selection. Poll Merinos were added in 1968 with the purchase of 50 stud poll ewes from Boonoke Stud in New South Wales. In 1978 Willemenup held its first on property ram sale, one of the first studs in the state to do so. With a little bit of courage, and a lot of foresight, Dick and Barbara Garnett decided to focus solely on Poll Merino breeding and in 1996, horns became a thing of the past at Willemenup. This proved to be a smart move and the stud has gone from strength to strength.
Today Willemenup is run by Collyn and Tanya Garnett and continues to supply quality seed stock for producers of merino sheep with a stud flock now consists of 1,600 stud ewes and a keen focus on early maturity, sound structures and the ability to produce a good quantity of good quality wool.
The name Willemenup comes from the Noongar term for "Place of the Curlew" after the Willemenup Creek that flows through the property.
James and Elizabeth Garnett.
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