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About Roseville Park Merino Stud

Proven Excellence

Australia’s leading seedstock Merino and Poll Merino sheep producer

The Merino and Poll Merino stud is a family ran interest that is owned, operated and managed by Matthew and Cherie Coddington. Matthew and Cherie are award winning farmers, having won the 2013 NSW Farmers of the year Award and the 2021 Lambition Allfex Woolgrowers of the year Award. They have won numerous other industry awards around the country, including two Australian Supreme Merino Awards.

At Roseville Park, we offer you a quality genetic package that takes the guess work out of your ram selection by providing you with a guaranteed article backed up by “facts not fiction”. At Roseville Park, we constantly benchmark our sheep and are industry leaders in the sale yards, major shows, Sheep Genetics (ASBV’s) and Central test Sire Evaluation.

We pride ourselves on being “ahead of the times” by being the first to adopt and implement new Industry initiatives on Merino breeding and genetic selection. These modern initiatives are coupled with over five generations of ram breeding experience which makes the Roseville Park product unique to the industry. Our clients run profitable Merino enterprises, by producing more quality wool, more meat and more lambs.

Our sheep run in a wide open, natural landscape environment with 80% of the country being undulating and covered in native pastures

20% of the country is made up of heavy creek flats with improved pastures for growing out young stock. Each year 1400 rams are grazed as two mobs rotating through paddocks in a commercial environment up until their first measurements for fleece weight, muscle depth and fat depth at 10 months of age.

After these measurements have been taken, the rams are then classed and prepared for the selling season. Physical structure is very important in the functionality of the sheep as is the wool and skin type of the sheep for productivity and easy care attributes. Roseville Park is an un-mulesed flock.

The non-negotiables are- That all ewes must rear a lamb and are not given a second chance and there is zero tolerance for fleece rot or dermatitis in the flock. Being a Merino Stud and not having a wether enterprise means that the ewe hogget’s are at the bottom of the “pecking order”.

They must prove themselves by being run under harder conditions and being ran in large mob sizes. Ewes that cannot thrive in this system are also culled as constitution is very important for these ewes to thrive, produce a fleece and wean a lamb.

Building a Legacy

A Journey Through Generations


The Beginning of a Vision

1850 was the year that Mr Charles Coddington, a man with ideas and a vision of building the finest sheep stud in Australia, came to Australia from England.

He selected a block of good grazing land at Murrumburrah, which is on the Currawong Creek in the southwest slopes of NSW. He set about breeding his Merino sheep which were of Canonbah blood. Soon he was showing his sheep at local shows at Young and Murrumburrah and these sheep were Grand Champions.

His son W.J Coddington followed in his father’s footsteps and in 1903, he purchased his own property, “Granite View” at Murrumburrah. W.J Coddington bred Merino sheep, having purchased a Snowy Ram from Sir Walter Merriman. These Merinos were shown at local shows in Young, Murrumburrah and Condobolin also with great success.



Establishing the Roseville Stud

One of WJ Coddington’s sons, George, purchased a property at Kingsvale called “Roseville” in 1928. Having purchased Wanganella Estate rams, George established his flock of Merinos. In 1938, George purchased his first stud ewes and registered Roseville Merino Stud.

The Stud went on to become one of the most successful studs in the state. It won one of the earliest known wether trials at Cootamundra three years in succession in the late 1940’s. It beat other southern studs including the Merryville Stud from which George had bought 5 rams between the years 1942-50.



Continued Success and Expansion

George Coddington and his family moved to Narromine and continued his stud success by winning the Bathurst Gold Cup for Grand Champion ram, twice.

In an endeavour to increase size and wool cut in his new environment, George purchased eight Haddon Rig rams between the years 1958 – 1975.



Expanding the Bloodlines

Another Merryville ram was purchased to continue the Merryville, Haddon Rig cross. This ram ML2 was a descendant of Snowy Monarch and had a significant impact on thestud.



A New Generation Takes Over

George’s sons Robert and Graham purchased the stud and they began trading as Roseville Merino Stud.

In 1979 on the dispersal of the Manderley Stud at Cooma, which was based on Wonga and Koonwarra “Uniforms”, Graham and Robert purchased 160 special stud ewes and the top 120 special stud ram lambs for the Roseville Stud.

Only two Manderley families were introduced into the Roseville Flock; these were the now famous Purple family and the Little John family.



Moving to “Glenwood”

The Purple Family was formed at Manderley Stud in 1969 by the selection of 100 double stud medium wool ewes from the Wonga Family who were then crossed with 2 Koonwarra Merino Stud Rams from their Uniform Family.

Two rams were selected from the resulting progeny and they became the nucleus of the Purple family. These rams were joined with sisters and half-sister’s and their progeny retained the great size and wool growing capacity of the Wonga’s, plus the white waterproof wool of the Uniforms.



Continuing the Legacy

On the first of July 2005, Graham and Sally’s son Matthew, at the age of 32 with his wife Cherie,purchased the Roseville Park Merino Stud, and the properties Glenwood, Springwood, Lower Glenwood and Currawarra. Matthew, is now keen as the fifth generation owner of the stud, to carry on the fine family tradition of breeding top Merino sheep.

Matthew and Cherie have five children, Savannah, Tessa, Charlie, Amelia and Timothy.

What They Say

Hear from our clients

“Roseville Park sheep consistently deliver exceptional qualities – from bright, lustrous wool to waterproofing and impressive body weights.”

Ken And Jan H

Bowman’s Forest Wangaratta, Victoria

“Since buying our first Roseville Park Poll rams in 1988, we’ve seen a remarkable improvement in our flock’s productivity. Our surplus sheep are always sold for a premium and are in high demand”

Mick and Barb Davis

Myandetta Station, Bourke NSW

“I was pleased with all of the rams, particularly the one that you helped me pick out on the day after the sale. The rams bought at auction were better than I expected and have performed extremely well. Thank you for your advice”

Peter M

Dunkeld Victoria

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