Melton Park English Leicester Stud

Rare Breeds:  English Leicester

Ethel Stephenson is the doyenne breeder of English Leicester sheep in Australia.  She runs a flock of over 100 English Leicester on a beautiful property near Benalla, Victoria.

Ethel still takes her sheep to shows including the 2013 Australia Sheep and Wool show where she had the champion ram and ewe.

Ostlers Hill has white and coloured sheep on the property.  Ethel pays careful attention to the characteristics of the wool in each "family" of sheep, keeping careful records.  This year an artificial insemination program was used. 

Ethel cares for her sheep like family, hand feeding them and caring for them.  She is often found in her barn late at night with them or their fleece. 

 "Nugget" showing off his ribbons at 2013 Australian Sheep and Wool Show while Ethel, his owner, and Nick, the judge and also English Leicester breeder, pose for picture

"Nugget" showing off his ribbons at 2013 Australian Sheep and Wool Show while Ethel, his owner, and Nick, the judge and also English Leicester breeder, pose for picture

 Ethel feeding one of her "ladies in waiting" about a month before lambing while the others look on.

Ethel feeding one of her "ladies in waiting" about a month before lambing while the others look on.

Products 

Fleece  (unwashed)

Coloured Fleece (unwashed)  

Contact info

Ethel Stephenson

estephenson@mcmedia.com.au