Garry and Kay Wilson purchased the ‘Caringa’property in the Mannus Valley in 1989, and set out to produce superfine wool on the high rainfall, highly improved pastures.
‘Caringa’was Kay’s grandfather’s property settled in the early 1900’s and for almost 80 years the property produced milk, until the dairy closed in the 60’s and then turned to prime lambs and fat cattle.
In the 1990 Garry and Kay attended the Goulburn special superfine wool sales, where they were so impressed with the quality and display of wool from the Ledgerton Superfine Merino stud at Yass that they negotiated the purchase of 170 quality ewes and three rams. Garry and Kay purchased a similar number of sheep for the next three years, and gradually built up to 4000 pure Ledgerton blood sheep. All wool produced at ‘Caringa’ was sold under the brand G&K Wilson Caringa Tumbarumba. Within three years of the initial purchase of sheep ’Caringa ’wool was right up there with the best of the best, and topped the wool sales both in Goulburn and Sydney on several occasions.
Garry and Kay always looked for every possible way to present the very best product possible to the buyers who represented leading Italian fashion houses, with iconic International brands. One particular buyer who regularly purchased part of the ‘Caringa’ clip always referred to Garry and Kay as the serious wool growers from Tumba-bloody-rumba.
For several years Garry and Kay maintained and further improved their wool, but another challenge presented itself, the lure of growing the finest bale of wool ever produced in the world, was too great to ignore.
From 1997 to 1999 Garry and Kay researched their next project addressing issues such as, genetics, and special diets from their superfine sheep, suitable housing, wool preparation, protective rugs and all important marketing.
After two years preparation, an indoor/outdoor housing complex was designed and built with the first wool clip starting on Australia day 2000. Garry and Kay offered the Walker family from Ledgerton merino stud a percentage of places in the new venture. The first wool clip twelve months later equalled the world record finest bale at 12.9 microns from just 470 sheep.