Pick­er­ing ram sale siz­zles to $6000 high

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Bob Gar­nant Stud Of­fered Derella Downs Merino Pyra­mid Poll To­tal Sold Top price Av­er­age

Against a tight sea­son, the Pick­er­ing fam­ily’s an­nual ram sale at Cas­cade flour­ished with its first to­tal clear­ance re­sult while achiev­ing a stud record av­er­age price.

Scott and Sue Pick­er­ing’s an­nual com­bined Derella Downs and Pyra­mid Poll sale of­fered a to­tal of 93 Merino rams and 138 Poll Merino re­spec­tively, with all 231 rams sell­ing to a top price of $6000 and av­er­age price of $1531.

“Amaz­ing, the sup­port was fan­tas­tic,” Mr Pick­er­ing said af­ter the sale, which brought in five new buy­ers, of which two were re­stock­ing back into sheep as a re­sult of in­creased wool and sheep prices.

Again top­ping the sale were staunch re­peat buy­ers Rod Tay­lor, of Epasco Farms, and Roger Nankiv­ell, of Condin­gup, with an­other lo­cal com­mer­cial pro­ducer, Peter McCrea, throw­ing com­pet­i­tive bids on the top line.

Mr Tay­lor, who runs a 20,000head pure Merino breed­ing flock, showed ab­so­lute in­dus­try con­fi­dence with his $6000 top-price on a Merino ram in lot 7, which recorded a mi­cron read­ing of 20.6, 3.3 stan­dard de­vi­a­tion, 16.2 co­ef­fi­cient of vari­a­tion plus Aus­tralian Sheep Breed­ing Val­ues which in­cluded a trait-lead­ing Merino Plus fig­ure of 146.

“I like the ram’s wool type and frame size and it will go to work in the farm’s nu­cleus flock to pro­duce flock rams,” he said.

“The sale of­fered a very even line of rams, a credit to the Pick­er­ings.”

El­ders Esper­ance wool agent Melissa Brum­ley said the Epasco wool clip sold to a top of 1105c/kg greasy in July for blue tag wethers.

“The 15 bale line av­er­aged 20.8 mi­cron, 72.8 per cent yield, length of 66mm and a strength of 46, and Epasco’s to­tal of­fer­ing of 135 bales all sold above eval­u­a­tion, ” she said.

At the ram sale, Mr Tay­lor bought a to­tal of six Merino rams for an av­er­age price of $3033.

The $5750 top-priced Poll Merino ram, of­fered as lot 4, was se­cured by Mr Nankiv­ell.

“I had great suc­cess with a sim­i­lar Pyra­mid Poll ram sired by Gu­nallo 50, which I bought last year at the sale for $6500,” he said.

Mr Nankiv­ell also paid $3000 for a Wil­lan­dra 20 sired Poll Merino ram this year.

“I am pleased with how my farm’s ram breed­ing program is pro­gress­ing and pro­duc­ing ex­cel­lent flock rams for our 1100-head com­mer­cial ewe flock,” he said.

Mr Nankiv­ell’s top pick recorded a 20.9 mi­cron ram with a SD of 3.3, CV of 15.8, and recorded a MP+ of 151.

In dol­lar terms, the sale be­gan like it ended, with lot 1 sell­ing for $3100 to new buyer Snow Chisholm, of AH Chisholm, Ongerup, and the last ram sell­ing for equal money to ac­count Fang, of Esper­ance.

Mr Chisholm said he was se­lect­ing for heav­ing cut­ting Polls with fleece-rot con­trol ben­e­fits af­ter buy­ing a sec­ond ram for $1900.

Reg­u­lar buyer Bott Live­stock, of Esper­ance, se­cured four Polls to a top of $3600 and av­er­age price of $2025. Af­ter be­ing com­pet­i­tive on the top line of Polls, Mr McCrea was suc­cess­ful on a cou­ple of the early pens, buy­ing a to­tal of six rams to a top of $2500 and av­er­age price of $2000.

Munglinup pro­ducer Tim Com­pagnoni, who trades as Newleigh, took home 10 rams to a top of $2400 and av­er­age price of $1740.

“The Esper­ance sea­son has been tight, which has been keep­ing me busy feed­ing sheep through win­ter,” he said.

“It was not un­til the end of June that we had some se­ri­ous rain.”

Mr Com­pagnoni said he was se­lect­ing for be­low 21-mi­cron rams that had long soft wool with plenty of fleece weight and early year­ling weights on the ASBVs.

New reg­is­tered bid­ders to the sale in­cluded vol­ume buyer SJ & BJ Schulz, of Wil­liams, who se­cured a to­tal of 19 Merino rams to a top of $2500 twice and av­er­age price of $1895.

Stephen and Binda Schulz and their son Lewis were se­lect­ing for plain big-bod­ied types with early ma­tu­rity and good sta­ple length fleeces for their eight-monthly shear­ing program.

Mr Schulz said he was looking for a ram sup­plier with vol­ume and he was keen to give the Derella out­cross ge­net­ics a go.

“We have a 80/20 sheep/crop­ping program in­clud­ing a 4500 pure Merino breed­ing flock which has been av­er­ag­ing well over 100 per cent lamb­ing,” he said.

Other new buy­ers in­cluded farm­ers keen to re-stock sheep on to their farms, in­clud­ing Michael Hart, who trades as MI & CM Hart, of Esper­ance, who bought 17 rams for an av­er­age price of $976.

Also mov­ing back into sheep, ac­count SC & FH Tiller — Live­stock, of Al­bany, se­cured 21 rams for an av­er­age price of $1086.

Land­mark Brind­ley & Gale auc­tion­eer Neil Brind­ley said it was an ex­cel­lent sale with qual­ity rams on of­fer sought af­ter by re­peat buy­ers and those at­tend­ing for the first time. Also back en­joy­ing the sale, Mondo Meats celebrity butcher Vince Gar­reffa spit-roasted a pig, which was a hit for the lun­cheon.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

Top-price buyer Rod Tay­lor, of Epasco Farms, Esper­ance, in­spects the wool of his $6000 Merino ram while shar­ing the mo­ment with auc­tion­eer Neil Brind­ley, El­ders’ Melissa Brum­ley and Derella stud prin­ci­pals Scott and Sue Pick­er­ing, of Cas­cade.

Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au

With the $5750 top-price Pyra­mid Poll ram are auc­tion­eer Neil Brind­ley, Pyra­mid Poll stud prin­ci­pals Sue and Scott Pick­er­ing, of Cas­cade, and buy­ers Joanne and Roger Nankiv­ell, of Condin­gup.

Mondo Meats butcher Vince Gar­reffa en­joys the qual­ity wool pro­duc­tion of the Esper­ance area while he en­sures sale vis­i­tors have a de­li­cious lunch.

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