Ma­nunda Polls sell to top of $3300

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Bob Gar­nant

Back­ing up last year’s record av­er­age sale price of $1602, the But­ton fam­ily’s Ma­nunda Poll Merino ram sale was a to­tal clear­ance, with 270 rams sell­ing to a top of $3300 and an av­er­age price of $1471.

The $135/head drop in the av­er­age price was not a prob­lem for Ma­nunda stud co-prin­ci­pal Wayne But­ton, who, un­der­stand­ing the un­sea­sonal con­di­tions around the State, was ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port for his fam­ily’s an­nual sale.

With 54 reg­is­tered bid­ders,, Mr But­ton hoped most were able to se­cure their re­quire­ments. “The en­cour­age­ment from our clients was most cer­tainly from the ex­cel­lent sheep and wool prices through­out the past year, how­ever con­cern is tak­ing hold now of a short­age of pad­dock feed, which must be weigh­ing in,” he said.

Seven Oaks North stud co­prin­ci­pal Chris Bar­nett, of Bur­ra­cop­pin, re­turned to the sale to se­cure an 18.7-mi­cron ram sired by Rham­ily Benny and go­ing back to a Ma­nunda grand­sire.

The ram had a stan­dard de­vi­a­tion of 3.5 and a co­ef­fi­cient of vari­a­tion fig­ure of 18.9, with a com­fort fac­tor of 99.8 per cent and a greasy fleece weight of 121 per cent.

Mr Bar­nett also paid $2750 for an­other 18.7-mi­cron ram, with both rams se­lected for his fam­ily’s stud pro­gram.

Three rams sold for the $3250 equal sec­ond top-price with the first, a 19.1-mi­cron ram penned up as lot two, sell­ing to ac­count Nal­yaring & Co, of Brook­ton, while lot 13 sold to NK & PM Schorer, of Pin­gelly, and lot 24 sold to MJ & LM Schorer, of Pin­gelly.

Other stud buy­ers in­cluded Ray Ed­monds, of Rham­ily stud, Calin­giri, who paid $2750 twice for rams off the top line.

Mak­ing a bid via phone link, Les Suther­land, of Arra-dale stud, Peren­jori, se­cured a $2500 ram and Ar­rin Park stud, of Three Springs, paid $2000 for an 18.4-mi­cron ram.

One of the most com­pet­i­tive bid­ders at the sale was ac­count Innes & Co, of Keller­ber­rin, se­cur­ing a to­tal of 10 rams to a top price of $2900 and av­er­age price of $2150.

Also push­ing prices was GF & S Wa­ters, of Ku­nunop­pin, who bought six rams for a top price of $2500, twice, and an av­er­age price of $1992.

MA & BJ Szczecin­ski, of Cor­ri­gin, se­cured 13 rams for an av­er­age price of $1700.

Three vol­ume buy­ers took 15 rams each, in­clud­ing ac­count RS & TJ Men­zies, of New Nor­cia, mak­ing a sec­ond re­turn to the sale af­ter buy­ing five rams last year at their first Ma­nunda sale.

The Men­zies’ av­er­age price was $1537, while KJ & RP Siegert, of Won­gan Hills, av­er­aged $1606 for 15 rams.

Rod Siegert said he was se­lect­ing for big-framed rams with free-grow­ing wools.

Ac­count CB & CA Whitfield & Son, of Won­gan Hills, paid an av­er­age price of $1353 for 15 rams. Peter Whitfield said he was se­lect­ing for low mi­cron with fleece weight for his fam­ily’s 4000-head breed­ing flock.

Greg Tip­pet, of KL Tip­pet & Co, Shack­le­ton, bought nine rams for an av­er­age price of $1100. “We marked 100 per cent on lamb­ing, off a good sea­son,” he said.

Michael and Kate Mor­ri­son, of Three Springs, were en­joy­ing the sale with their chil­dren Het­tie, 1, Char­lie, 6, and Bil­lieLea, 8, who were all help­ing with ram se­lec­tions.

“We had a great Fa­ther’s Day, which con­tin­ued on our ram buy­ing day out at Ma­nunda,” Mr Mor­ri­son said.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

With the $3300 top priced Ma­nunda Poll Merino ram are Land­mark agent Rex Luers and Scott But­ton, of Ma­nunda stud, Tam­min.

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