Stephen and Mary Satterthwaite
Muller Station
New Zealand


What our Clients Say


“I first met Roger Polkinghorne 23 years ago when he checked the count with me on a pen of sheep after a store sale in the St.Arnaud saleyards. He and his blue coolie helper were doing something they were passionate about and that is being around and handling merino sheep.
I ran into Roger at the store sheep sales in St.Arnaud over the next couple of years but it was not until after a St.Arnaud Merino Ram Sale  that Dalgety Wool Representative David Morgan asked me to have a look at some rams of a new stud on the way home. We were directed to Roger’s fathers woolshed, where we inspected a small sample of merino rams and were impressed enough to say we would come back and buy rams. This is the 20th year I have bought rams for my clients and they are going into areas of 375mm and up to 670mm average rainfall.
In classing some of these flocks I note that the wool retains handle ,crimp and whiteness as well as coping with weather conditions and cutting big armfuls of wool with positive microns. The sheep themselves have improved over the years as  regards conformation, feet and their ability to do under most conditions.
Two clients flocks that I class had success at Elmore Field Days Merinos to Match wether trial against a strong field of other bloodlines. Needless to say  these and my other clients will be back to buy rams at  Charinga and Banavie this year as they continue to tick all the boxes.


“Charinga and Banavie bloodlines are used extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand. I can only comment on the clients around Ararat, Stawell, St.Arnaud and Woodside (South Gippsland) who use these rams with outstanding results. Large framed sheep with long staples of deep crimping, white, lustrous wool. My theme is quantity with quality to give maximum return.
There are no better sheep for this purpose than the Charinga/Banavie bloodlines. It is wonderful that at last the patient merino breeder is being rewarded with higher wool prices.


I am proud to say I have been buying rams from Roger for 20 years now.
From the catching pens at Floyd’s shearing shed to the current On property sale under the igloo.  Roger always gives an honest, unbiased opinion of his rams, which is of tremendous help in the selection process.  He is only too willing to impart his knowledge on breeding or the wool/sheep industry in general.
Various fads have come and gone over the time, but Charinga sheep remain as productive as ever.
He always keeps commercial returns for his clients in mind, as a focus in his breeding programs.   Sound feet, good sized body, robust, with long bright stylish fleece cutting weights in excess of 7kg.            
The success of the White Suffolk stud reflects his client’s needs for a mix of merino and prime lamb in their operations. They produce good lambs when joined over merino ewes. It is easy to acquire all the rams needed on the one day.


Don and I are father and son. Originally our sheep flock was pure Corriedale of 29 micron.
We weren’t happy with our breeding programme and in 1981 David Morgan (then with Dalgety's)
advised a change to merinos. I can remember Dad saying “I don’t want any of those tiny, fine sheep on this property.”
We commenced using Lowanna rams (Wonga daughter stud) and when it ceased trading we went to Charinga/Banavie buying big framed sheep, long white wools of 23 micron ,but with very good (low) C.V. and S.D. figures.
We purchased approximately 10 rams a year with excellent results, yields into the high 70’s averaging 22 microns.
We have had 10-12 terrible seasons, but our wool cuts are 7.5/8.0 kg and hope to get to 9kgs given a good year.
Thanks to the Polkinghornes and the great sheep at Charinga and Banavie.


Up until the mid 1980s the family had a Comeback clip based on Corriedale sheep. Then, under the guidance of Jack Loughnan from Landmark (Dalgety), the family introduced Merino rams from Binderwarra stud.  In 1989 the guiding source became David Morgan and the family started using rams from Glenoma stud near Stawell.
The association with David Morgan continued and in 1994 the family inspected the new Rams the Wight family of Woodside had purchased from the Charinga Stud, which both Dad and I were very impressed with them .  And the following year we purchased a ram from the Charinga Stud at the Wedderburn Wool Expo, this ram was from the HM family - a very big dense wool type. And a breeding plan was introduced based on this ram, and this plan continues to this day.
In 1998  David Morgan  and I selected a very good bold upstanding ram from the Doc family to use in an AI program along with the HM ram purchased in 1995.  And in 1999  David and I selected another ram from the HM family because of its very good body structure.
The basic ram type used by the use is of a long free wooled type. The climate of South East Gippsland and the proximity to the east coast of Victoria is best suited to this type of wool. The region receives on balance a number of weeks per year of warm drizzly easterly weather. This decrees that the wool of the sheep must have the ability to be free moving and not retain moisture, allowing it to dry out quickly.
In more recent years we have been using rams from the JR 12 family because they have a very good body structure, long stapled wool and good rolling skin. All of these attributes are those we consider to provide the best type of wool producing sheep for the Gippsland area.
We as wool grower’s look to Charinga Ram Stud continuing to produce top quality rams with the “right” wool to suit our environment.
We congratulate the Polkinghorne family for their dedication to producing great merino stud rams.



We live at Maroona , twenty four kilometres south of Ararat in the Western district. It’s a 23” rainfall  average and we run 2100 merino ewe self replacing flock, some of which are joined to Border Leicesters rams. Over the past four years our average micron has been between 18.9—20.0 micron and cuts per head have averaged, Ewes 8.2 kg and Hoggets 10-11 months wool 5.8 kg.
It is our pleasure to have been introduced to the Polkinghorne family of Charinga and Banavie some 10 years ago. In that period we have benefited greatly from their knowledge of breeding large framed sound correct structured sheep, with good constitution producing substantial amounts of soft handling, high yielding white crimpy fine to medium wools. Which are keenly sought after by the trade.
Due to the crimpy stylish wool a bigger percentage ends up in the top lines.
Because of Charinga and Banavie bloodlines we have the bonus of having boat wethers at 18 months of age, being able to breed 1st x ewes which are consistently in the top few pens at special store sales .Selling joined CFA ewes back to the north and also fat lambs over the hooks at averages up to 28 kgs. As a result of all these benefits, these bloodlines have proven to be very profitable. The past 12 months have been a real test on the ability of wool to withstand wet conditions. We had 875 mm from August 1st 2010 to August 1st 2011.
In fact the wettest and most humid weather that we have experienced and only having 80ks of fleece rot in our total clip with no dermatitis at all, is proof that Charinga and Banavie bloodlines are very adaptable.
In my opinion over the past twenty years Charinga has become a true parent stud producing a number of impact sires having a massive influence on the merino industry Australia wide and abroad. Show and ram sale success can very often be traced back to Charinga sires e.g. East Mundulla by Big Tom, grand champion Bendigo sheep show 2011.



 “I have purchased Banavie and Charinga rams on behalf of my clients for a period of 14 years, these sheep have gone into a variety of climatic and pastoral conditions.
  I had been attracted to the bloodline for it’s ability to not only cut optimum wool weights of highly crimped stylish wools that process so well, but also give a desirable body shape, these two important genetic body traits are  of paramount importance to the future of our merino industry and coupled together they provide an animal of dual purpose suitability.
 I have been impressed with the genetic improvement the sires have delivered and feel they are an important building block in the direction our industry must take.”



We imported two Charinga rams in 2005 and single sire mated each to 120 selected ewes. The resulting two generations of progeny have been outstanding, particularly their predictability and evenness of type.
Wool quality, especially fibre alignment and handle, superbly suit our wool contracts with the NZ Merino Co.
Since then we have imported 3 further rams from Charinga and Banavie which have given us the opportunity to expand our genetic base and the number of ewes in the stud.
In the autumn of 2011 our commercial hoggets won the Fine wool section (merinos, corriedales and halfbreds) of New Zealand's Ewe Hogget competition which is largely attributable to the rams we have been able to purchase from the Polkinghornes.
We continue to be impressed with the production gains their genetics are giving us.