Lewis­dale ge­net­ics to $33,000 top

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Bob Gar­nant

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 in­clud­ing the Blight fam­ily’s Sey­mour Park stud, at High­bury and the Beggs fam­ily, of Na­reeb Na­reeb stud, Glen­thomp­son, 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 have 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 pos­ses­sion 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.

“We are ex­pand­ing our 2000 Poll Merino flock to 10,000 in a 24month plan,” Mr Pas­coe said. “The in­dus­try is on the up and up.”

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.

The Fowlers’ younger ram se­lec­tion was sired by Mianelup Expo and recorded a 20.9 mi­cron thick­ness with a com­fort fac­tor of 99.3 and a body weight of 101kg, while their four-tooth se­lec­tion was sired by Lewis­dale L30.

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.

The Mor­rone fam­ily, who trade as M & A Mor­rone & Co, be­gan their buy­ing spree with a $2750 Lus­tre sired 2016-drop ram be­fore ac­cu­mu­lat­ing seven rams for an av­er­age price of $1979.

From Quairading, the Bond fam­ily, who trade as Bond Brothers, took home seven rams for an av­er­age price of $1907.

Ac­count GM Car­mody Hold­ings, of Al­bany, paid $3000 for a 2016-drop Lus­tre sired 114kg ram be­fore se­cur­ing nine rams for an av­er­age price of $1744.

Eric Bor­molini, of E& A Bor­molini & Sons, of Narem­been, whose fam­ily has been on Lewis­dale blood­lines for over 35 years, bought eight rams to a top of $2200 and av­er­age price of $1737.

“It was the best Lewis­dale sale team ever,” he said.

“I was se­lect­ing for body struc­ture and fleece weight with good nour­ish­ment in the wool.”

Ac­count W& W Hand­scombe & Son, of Quairading, was happy to se­cure 19 rams for an av­er­age price of $1421.

Vol­ume and re­peat buyer ac­count JLW & C Della Ve­dova, of Esper­ance, bought 40 rams for an av­er­age price of $1160.

The Helms fam­ily, of ac­count P& C Helms, East Wick­epin, se­cured 33 rams for an av­er­age price of $1036.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

Lewis­dale Poll Merino stud prin­ci­pals Ray and He­len Lewis, of Wick­epin, with their grand­son Chad Tay­lor, and Mike and Clin­ton Blight, of Sey­mour Park stud, High­bury, who bought quar­ter se­men shares of Lewis­dale Co­hen 65.

In­vest­ing in Lewis­dale ge­net­ics were Aaron and Kirsty Pas­coe, of East Pin­gelly, and their farm man­ager Gra­ham Marsh and his step­son, Zach Marsh, pic­tured with Lewis­dale Monty.

Bruce Rock wool­grow­ers Kath­leen and Camp­bell Schilling were in­spect­ing Lewis­dale rams be­fore the sale.

The com­fort fac­tor of Lewis­dale wool was best wit­nessed by stud prin­ci­pals Ray and He­len Lewis’ grand­son Jor­dan Tay­lor.

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