Poll Merino & Merino Highlights


This year we have decided not to have as many August shorn, spring drop rams at our on-property auction. We made these available for sale at the SA Merino Expo at Burra oval. As this is something new for Orrie Cowie, we were very pleased the sale results selling 6 rams to $4,000. They certainly looked a picture and created a lot of interest.

The 2017 April May drop rams have been shorn and look magnificent. They are bigger than they have ever been at this time of the year. It will be great when it rains.

We offered 2 rams for sale at Bendigo, averaging $9000 and sold another 2 privately.  We were also awarded Reserve Champion Medium Wool March shorn ewe.

We sold OC Casper to the "Ashrose" stud at the Keith Field days, privately.


2017 went extremely well

  • At  Dubbo National Merino Show we were on a winning streak. Orrie Cowie came home with a swag of ribbons, many Champions including Champion Medium Wool ram's fleece, Champion Medium Wool March shorn ram and ewe, Champion Strong Wool August shorn ram and ewe, Reserve Champion August shorn poll ram, most successful exhibitor in the wool, poll merino section and overall exhibitor. We sold two rams in the sale and 151310 privately to Overland stud, NSW for $32,000.
  • Orrie Cowie won the SA Pair with a pair of poll merinos, featuring "OC Casper". 
  • Orrie Cowie came third in the ram of the year with "OC Archilles"
  • Orrie Cowie was awarded 8 broad ribbons at GSSM, Canberra in early January, including Champion Junior Poll Ram, March Shorn Medium/Strong Wool Poll Ram, Junior Champion Poll Ram, August Shorn Fine/Medium Wool Poll Ram, August Shorn Medium/Strong Wool Ram (with Archilles - a son of Trojan).
  • The genuine ewe reduction sale via AuctionsPlus on 7th and 8th March 2017. 550 mated (mainly)poll merino and merino ewesand ewe hoggets in various size lots went extremely well. The top priced ewe sold for $740 to North Cowie, Warooka SA.
  • John Dalla came a very creditable 6th in the world for blade shearing at the 2017 Golden Shears held in Invercargill, NZ and the blade shearing team came 3rd. Well done, John!

2016 has started well

  • Orrie Cowie had an extremely successful showing at GSSM, Canberra, winning most of the broad ribbons in the medium/strong classes
  • We had excellent line-up for the SA Merino Field Days at Burra where OC Trojan ( a massive 165kg at 23 months) and OC Exceller 100 ( a superb wool merino) plus an outstanding line-up of polls were displayed.
  • At Burra we were awarded 2nd and 3rd in the "Burra Ram", plus 4th and 5th in the sate pair.
  • Came away with a trifecta at Hay merino sheep show winning Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Chammpion Ewe and Group of Five.  
  • OC Trojan was placed first in the 6 tooth Medium Wool Merino Ram at Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show weighing in at a massive 172 kgs!
  • also winning a Grand Champion Strong Wool Ewe of the show at Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show.

Orrie Cowie had another outstanding year in 2015

  • OC Trojan won many broad ribbons across the nation as did OC Silky, OC Exceller 100 and OC Eclipse 48.
  • We were the most successful exhibitor GSSM Canberra
  • Had an outstanding 50th ram sale, selling to WA, Victoria, NSW, Tasmania, to all parts of SA and NZ
  • Orrie Cowie won the second most valuable fleece (by a few cents) at the Dubbo National


OC Titan to represent SA at Dubbo in August 2014 - He came a very close second.

  • OC Titan was awarded SA Champion ram of the year at the recent Crystal Brook show. This means that he will represent SA at the Supreme Australian Merino Ram Judging Function at 6.30pm on Wednesday 27th August, Dubbo. Titan will also be sold at the Dubbo National Ram sale to be held on Thursday 28th August, commencing at 11.00am.

Outstanding success for Orrie Cowie in 2014

  • Orrie Cowie scooped the poll at the 2014 Sydney Royal Show, winning Grand Champion August shorn poll ram with TITAN (OC Regal 122523) coming from the Medium-strong class and Junior Champion August shorn poll ewe and the Ottway Faulkiner Pertetual Cup with a team of polls: 3 rams and 2 ewes where Titan was alongside two sons of Prince 603.

Australian Sheep and Wool show 2013

  • Orrei Cowie bought a ram CP5035 at the Bendigo ram sales for $ 28,000 from "Coddington Poll", Yeoval. Semen is available from this outstanding ram named Eclipse.

Australian Sheep and Wool show 2012

  • Orrie Cowie sold a son of Nepowie 16; to Graham and Sue Coddington, "Coddington Poll", Dubbo.

To view media report and photo click on links below



Angaston Show 2010

  • Orrie Cowie won the Reserve Champion ram with the Champion Poll Ram with OC087001, a son of Graeme and winner of the medium wool class. He fleece measurements taken March 2010, are 20.12µ FD, 2.96µ SD, 14.93% CV, 99.4% CF and he will be for sale at the Annual Ram Sale , 11th August 2010.
  • John Dalla came third in the Open Machine Shearing Competition

Hay Sheep Show 2007

  • At the Hay Sheep Show in June 2007 OC 050177 (son of Louis) won the Reserve Champion Medium Wool Merino Ram. Poll rams OC 055036 (son of M222) and 0C 057614 came second in the medium and strong wool classes respectively.

Tim & Dennis Dallas with the Reserve Champion Medium Wool Merino Ram
Tim and Dennis Dalla with the Reserve Champion Medium Wool Merino Ram at the Hay Sheep Show. Photo taken by Penny Watts, The Land

SA Merino Field Days 2006

Napoleon 116
Napoleon 116 - Inspected by Stephen and son Tyson Wilksch with stud master Orrie Cowie Dennis Dalla, Ron Wilksch is looking on. Photo taken at the SA Merino Field Days 2006 by Terry Grenville.

The Wilksch family from Robertstown SA have been buying poll rams from Orrie Cowie for 15 years. Nap116 sold at auction on-property for $17,500 to KY Reade and Sons in 2003. Nap116 has some outstanding progeny for sale 20th July. Semen is available.

Australasian Fleece Competition, Katanning 2006

  • Orrie Cowie was awarded FIRST PRIZE for a fleece in the "Houses Hogget Fine Medium Class."

Australian Sheep & Wool Show, Bendigo 2006

  • Orrie Cowie was competitive winning several place ribbons but did not come away with any major prizes.
  • Tim Dalla came second in the blade shearing for the Northern Shears.

Crystal Brook Show 2006

  • Orrie Cowie was awarded the Champion Autumn Shorn Merino Ram and the Champion Merino Ram's Fleece.

Kadina Show 2006

  • Orrie Cowie was the Most Successful Merino Exhibitor and the Most Successful Wool Exhibitor. Won Grand Champion Ram, Breeders' Group and Champion Fleece of the Show.

Gawler Show 2006

  • Orrie Cowie won Champion Merino Fleece at the 2006 Gawler Show with a fleece awarded 97/100 points!

Australian Sheep & Wool Show, Bendigo 2004

  • Most Successful Medium Wool Merino Exhibitor over both merino and poll merino classes
  • Most Successful Strong Wool Merino Exhibitor over both merino and poll merino classes

Adelaide Royal Show 2004

  • Most Successful Medium Wool Merino exhibitor
  • Champion Medium Wool Merino Ram

 Dennis & Johnathon holding Magnif 222
Heather, Dennis and Johnathon holding Magnif 222

"The Stud's future is in good hands"

In 2007 and 2008 John came first in the Junior judging at Wagin Woolorama.

In 2006 John was successful at Bendigo blade shearing competition and came 2nd in the WA State Blade Shearing Championships.

In 2007, John came 2nd in SA for Blade Shearing representing them in the Nationals held at Warrnambool, Vic. He came 2nd and earned a place in the Australian Shearing team, to compete in the World Golden Shears in Norway, October 2008.

John came 8th in the world at the World Golden Shears. In November 2008, John won the Australian Blade Shearer title at Hay NSW, turning 20 the day before. John won the Australian Blade shearing title again in October 2010 at Warialda, NSW, earning him a place in the Australian team to compete at the World Golden Shears in Wales, July 2010.

Tim is now studmaster at Collinsville and enjoying the challenge, supported by Jade.