Ram rights sold out at Lewisdale
Lewisdale four-tooth stud rams attracted top prices of $33,000 and $32,000 for half semen share rights at the Lewis family’s annual ram sale on Saturday at Wickepin.
Stud principal Ray Lewis will retain half semen shares and possession of the sale toppers, which have been admired by judges of some of the top sheep shows in WA and the Eastern States.
Overall, the sale was a total clearance, with 270 lots selling for an average price of $1706, up $468/ head on last year when 260 sold for an average price of $1238.
The semen share sale topper, Lewisdale Cohen 65, a Poll Merino ram that was judged the grand champion Poll Merino ram at the 2017 Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo, sold for equal quarter semen shares to two buyers — the Blight family’s Seymour Park stud, at Highbury and the Beggs family of Nareeb Nareeb stud, Glenthompson, in Victoria.
This 20.4 micron ram was a twin, sired by Rhamily Benny and out of a Western Purple ewe and recorded a 3.2 standard deviation, 15.4 coefficient of variation and a 99.4 comfort factor, with a body weight of 147kg.
The second top-price half semen share stud ram, Lewisdale Monty 10, sold to first-time buyers Aaron and Kirsty Pascoe, of Pascoe Corporation, East Pingelly.
This ram was sired by Lewisdale 30 and measured 20.4 microns and weighed 157kg, the heaviest ram in the sale catalogue.
Clinton Blight, of Seymour Park stud, said he admired the heavy cutting ability of Cohen 65, which produced an exceptional finemedium wool type.
“It is a very safe sheep with the right type of wool,” he said.
Currently Seymour Park has 90 lambs on the ground by Cohen and Mr Blight said they had coped very well in high-rainfall conditions.
Mr Pascoe said his top investment pick in semen shares would be used in a nucleus flock to breed flock rams.
“The ram is very heavy cutting in fleece and has excellent conformation,” he said.
The Pascoes, who also paid the top prices for full outright posses- sion of two 2015-drop stud rams, both sired by Lewisdale 30, at $7000 and $6000, also added another three 2016-drop rams to their takehome total.
Eastern States interest also came for Rejall Park, of Miga Lake, Victoria, securing a total of 12 rams to a top-price of $2750 and an average price of $1608. Also buying out of the 2015-drop stud ram catalogue, Campbell and Kathleen Schilling, of Bruce Rock, paid $3500 for a 19.6 micron ram.
“The ram has a big frame with excellent wool, rich with lustre,” Mrs Schilling said.
The $4500 top-priced 2016-drop Poll Merino ram sold to regular repeat buyers the Fowler family, of Jumbuck Plains, Esperance, who also paid $4000 for a 2015-drop ram.
Also buying in the top order, the Chisholm family, of AH Chisholm & Co, of Needilup, bought five of the first 15 2016-drop rams for $3750, $3250, $2750, $2500 and $2250, all sired by Rhamily Benny 303, and later bought another two rams for $2750 and $1800.
Lewisdale stud principals Ray and Helen Lewis with grandson Chad Taylor, and Mike and Clinton Blight, of Seymour Park stud, who bought quarter semen shares of Lewisdale Cohen 65.
The comfort factor of Lewisdale wool was best witnessed by stud principals Ray and Helen Lewis’ grandson Jordan Taylor.