Our traditionally made 8 ply, 20 ply and 72 ply feltable yarns originate from our farming partner, the Youl family at Elsdon.
Elsdon is a mixed farming operation situated in the Northern Midlands of Tasmania, 20 minutes south of Launceston. The property has been in the Youl family for over 200 years. Alex Youl is the 6th generation to manage the farm with his wife Liana and their children Sebastian and Louis.
The Elsdon Polwarth Studs were founded in the 1930s, by Alex’s great grandfather FVM Youl. On his retirement, Alex’s grandfather Bill and wife Kate took over the management of Elsdon, with their sons Frank and Crosby. Bill encouraged his sons to change direction, breeding Merino sheep under the guidance of Sandy MacKirdy from Hamilton in Victoria. Upon Bill’s early death in 1985, Crosby and Anne took over the management of the Stud and commercial operation.
With a significant investment of stud ewes and sires from Nareeb Nareeb, Ashrose and East Roseville, Elsdon has been able to produce sheep which are commercially competitive with anything that is bred within Tasmania or Victoria.
2005 was the last year that Elsdon sold stud rams. The stud rams and ewes remained on the property to become part of the commercial operation.
In the last 10 years Elsdon has focussed on breeding a modern Poll Merino with a plainer body and early maturing with high fertility. Their sires are being purchased from Glenlea Park in South Australia and Borana in Glen Thompson, Victoria.
Today, the Youl family grows crops to provide a grazing component for the livestock enterprises. This has been a winning combination with great results, increasing wool production of a superior standard.
The Youls feel privileged to provide the Nundle Woollen Mill with wool from Elsdon. To see the product from start to finish produced entirely in Australia is extremely satisfying.
Elsdon is committed to the health and welfare of their animals and the future of the Merino wool industry.