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ORUAMATUA - EREWHON WOOL CLIP 1888-89

As per Messrs. Williams & Kettle. Napier weights.
Numbers of Sheep Shorn:Lincoln Rams108
 Half Breed Hoggets2683
 Merino Stud171
 Merino Flock50,355
 Total
 
53,317
Wool shipped to London:Net weight of wool in grease16,976lbs
 Net weight of wool scoured  157,122lbs
 Total
 
174,100lbs
47 BalesLincoln and Half Breed 2791 sheep16,179lb   greasy
20 Bales     "          "          "    4,932lb scoured
 Total21,111lbs          
 Average per head on Half breeds7lb 9oz.
 
2 BalesMerino        171 sheep797lb   greasy
647 Bales Merino   50,355 sheep  152,192lb scoured
 Total     50,526 sheep152,989lbs    wool
 Average per head on Merino flock3lb .5oz.
 
Nett weight of wool sent to scour at Rangiteiki 371,425lbs
Nett scoured weight 157,124
Loss by scouring = 58 per cent214,301lbs

 
Weight of Whole Flock in Grease
   
Weight of Greasy Wool Shipped to England   16,976lbs
Weight of Greasy Wool Scoured at Rangatikei 371,425lbs
 Total388,401lbs
 
Total numbers of sheep shorn 53,317
Average per head in grease 7lb 6oz


The numbers of sheep shorn would indicate these are combined figures from Oruamatua and Erewhon Stations.

Extract from a covering letter re the above report: ..."We shore this year 1183 less sheep than last year.  The total weight of wool is 815lb more than last year, the gain in weight being in the half-breed greasy wool.  The average weight in wool from the half-breed is I think very good considering 20 bales of it were scoured.
The average on the merino flock is not bad if, as I think, we took more out of it than last year
You will also see what the nett weight of the greasy wool was that was scoured at Rangatikei, and what a very large percentage is lost in the scouring. The wool has never before been weighed before scouring. The wool is no doubt a heavy one and must hold a great weight of dirt, our averages in the grease of over 7lb is very heavy for a merino flock." W. Birch. May 28th 1889.

Figures of Oruamatua Station staff, wages and some history can be found HERE




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