Willemup rams sell to $8400 top

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Bob Gar­nant

Wille­menup Poll Merino rams reached a top price of $8400 at the Gar­nett fam­ily’s com­bined sale held last week at Gnowangerup, which also in­cluded Poll Dorset and White Suf­folk rams.

With 360 rams in to­tal on of­fer, rep­re­sent­ing the three dif­fer­ent breeds, there were 72 reg­is­tered bid­ders able to se­cure their full sheep breed­ing re­quire­ments.

El­ders auc­tion­eer Pre­ston Clarke kicked off the Poll Meri­nos stat­ing the sta­ple length of the sale team was out­stand­ing, while Land­mark’s Mark War­ren auc­tioned the meat sheep breeds with a mes­sage of strength in the prime lamb in­dus­try.

Af­ter the sale, Wille­menup stud co-prin­ci­pal Col­lyn Gar­nett said he was pleased with the reg­u­lar sup­port of his fam­ily’s Poll Merino and Curlew Creek Poll Dorset of­fer­ings plus those vis­it­ing for the first time in sup­port of guest ven­dor Yonga Downs.

The in­au­gu­ral Yonga Downs White Suf­folk sale made an ex­cep­tional de­but for stud prin­ci­pal Bren­ton Addis, with 79 of the 80 rams sell­ing.

New buy­ers Al­lan and Su­san Daw­son, of Win­yar Poll Merino stud, Canowin­dra, NSW, se­cured the $8400 top-priced Wille­menup ram through Land­mark agent Mitchell Crosby.

The 119kg ram, sired by Wille­menup Justin, had wool mea­sure­ments of 22.2 mi­crons, 4.2 stan­dard de­vi­a­tion, 18.7 co­ef­fi­cient of vari­a­tion and a 97.3 com­fort fac­tor, while also hav­ing meat fig­ures of 41 for eye mus­cle area and a rib fat of 8.

El­ders auc­tion­eer Pre­ston Clarke, who of­fered the ram as a stud sire, said the ram had unique qual­ity.

“The ram has mas­sive con­sti­tu­tion and its wool is very soft and white with long sta­ple,” he said.

Over­all Wille­menup of­fered 179 rams with 130 sold for an av­er­age price of $1534 com­pared with last year when 152 sold for an av­er­age of $1593.

Re­peat ac­count Pardee Graz­ing se­cured pen one for the $3600 sec­ond top-price of the sale, a 19.8 mi­cron ram sired by Wille­menup Bill.

Bid­ding on the top line, Pardee also paid $3300 for lot 5 of sim­i­lar breed­ing, make and shape.

The next best prices came out of lots 32 and 34, both sell­ing for $3500 each with ac­count PE Stut­ley & Son se­cur­ing one and ac­count Heal Farm­ing the other, re­spec­tively, with both buy­ers tak­ing home a sec­ond ram each for $2200 and $3400, re­spec­tively.

Quairading sheep pro­duc­ers and reg­u­lar buyer CJ Squires paid $3100 each for two rams.

The Let­ter fam­ily, who trade as JJ & AE Let­ter, of Tam­bellup, were also back at the sale to se­cure two rams for $3000 and $2100.

Dion Let­ter said he was se­lect­ing for free-grow­ing long-sta­pled wool and the rams would be used over a nu­cleus flock to breed flock rams for his fam­ily’s com­mer­cial flock.

Vol­ume buy­ers in­cluded ac­count Cape­mount Farms, of Katan­ning, which bought a to­tal of 18 rams to a top of $2900 and av­er­age price of $1739. Ac­count Tap­scott Pas­toral se­cured a to­tal of 12 rams to a top of $2000 and av­er­age price of $1200.

Long-time clients of the Gar­nett fam­ily’s Poll Merino ram sales, the Eger­ton-War­bur­ton and Leitch fam­i­lies, of Ko­jonup, also have been se­lect­ing out of the Curlew Creek Poll Dorset cat­a­logue.

This year, the two fam­i­lies, who farm to­gether, paid the $2100 top­price for Curlew Creek tag num­ber 160232, out of pen 1.

“We will use the ram in a nu­cleus of Poll Dorset ewes to breed flock rams for our 1800 Wille­menup blood Poll Merino ewes,” Nathan Leitch said.

“We se­lected the ram for its size and shape and bal­anced fig­ures.”

Curlew Creek co-prin­ci­pal Col­lyn Gar­nett said the top-priced ram was sired by Gloroy 120517 which has con­trib­uted ex­cel­lent struc­ture and type to his stud program.

The 2016 June drop ram weighed 132.5kg and had mea­sure­ments of 0.33 BWT, 12.1 WWT, 17.6 PWWT, -1.5 PFAT, 1.5 PEMD, 212 Car­case + and 112.19 Lamb 2020.

Over­all the sale of­fered 150 rams, with 134 sell­ing for an av­er­age price of $1026, com­pared with last year when 163 sold for an av­er­age price of $1033.

Ac­count TM & PM Webb paid the $2000 sec­ond top-price for a 126.5kg ram, which was sired by Ivadene 100056.

Kalmer Pas­toral was se­lect­ing rams off the top or­der se­cur­ing lots 2, 3 and 4 and also later lot 23 to a top of $1950 and av­er­age price of $1850.

Ac­count Lavieville Graz­ing also took home four rams to a top of $1750 and av­er­age of $1537.

Vol­ume buyer Snow & Co se­cured bought nine rams for an av­er­age of $761.

With nearly a to­tal clear­ance of the 80 rams of­fered, 79 sell­ing to a top of $3200 and av­er­age price of $1273, Yonga Downs’ Bren­ton Addis was “blown away” with his in­au­gu­ral sale.

The $3200 top-price ram sold to Kolin­dale White Suf­folk stud, of Du­dinin.

Land­mark agent Roy Addis said Kolin­dale was in­ter­ested in the ge­net­ics which went back to grand­sire Ash­bourne 20.

The YD8661 tagged ram was a 2016 May drop which cur­rently weighs 113kg and mea­sured 0.26 BWT, 8.89 WWT, 15.22 PWWT, -0.6 PFAT, 2.2 PEMD, 199 Car­case + and Lamb 2020 113.

The $2550 sec­ond top-priced ram sold to Ash­ley McDon­ald, of Macs­field White Suf­folk stud, Esper­ance. This 2016 April-drop ram weighed 112kg and car­ried sim­i­lar mea­sure­ments to YD8661 with a higher WWT of 10.6

South Pin­grup sheep and wool pro­ducer Wayne Tap­scott, who trades as DJ Tap­scott & Co, bought a to­tal of five rams to a top of $1700 and av­er­age price of $1580.

Ac­count Wal­lacup Farms se­cured three rams for $1750, $1650 and $1400, while ac­count John­ston Plains paid $1750 and $1350 for their choice of Yonga Downs rams.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

With the $8400 top-priced Wille­menup Poll Merino ram, were El­ders auc­tion­eer Pre­ston Clarke, Land­mark agent Mitchell Crosby, and Wille­menup stud co-prin­ci­pal Col­lyn Gar­nett.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

With the $3200 Yonga Downs White Suf­folk ram were stud prin­ci­pal Bren­ton Addis, Land­mark agent Roy Addis, and Land­mark auc­tion­eer Mark War­ren.

With the $2100 top-priced Curlew Creek Poll Dorset ram were buy­ers Daisy Eger­ton-War­bur­ton, Nathan Leitch, Grant Eger­ton-War­bur­ton, Diana Leitch, and Curlew Creek stud co-prin­ci­pal Col­lyn Gar­nett.

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