Peter Westblade was born in Lockhart, NSW, and left school at age 16, and established himself by buying his grandfather’s 400-hectare farm with a 10 per-cent deposit and 90 percent borrowed money.
Working in the shearing sheds to help meet the repayments, he went on to build that initial purchase into the ‘Pastora’ property of today, covering nearly 2,800 hectares running 3,700 breeding ewes.
Not only was Peter a far-sighted, innovative, and successful stud Poll Merino Breeder; he was also an inspiring sheep classer, a mentor to many, and a champion of worthy causes.
His involvement in sheep breeding began in the early 1970s when he identified his desired traits for a profitable sheep many years ahead of the industry.
Peter Westblade was passionate about breeding profitable sheep. Being a strong supporter of a balanced approach to all things, his legacy lives strongly amongst those who had the fortune to know such a great man and through the Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Challenge.
Peter Westblade’s son Tim and his wife Rachel now continue the dedication and passion for Merino’s and the management of ‘Pastora’.