Hyfield polls top $6600
This week signalled the end of Hyfield poll merino stud, with Giovi Ltd dispersing its offering of rams and ewes to a broad range of studs and commercial farms from across the State.
Conducted by Elders, the Kojonup on-property sale offered 1220 stud sheep in total, including 17 poll merino rams, which sold to a top of $6600, and ewes of various ages, with the top price of $440/ head being paid for a pen of 43 11⁄2-year-old black-tags.
The sale resulted in 10 rams selling for an average of $2480/head, 732 ewes selling for an average of $308/head, 76 ram lambs selling for an average of $216/head and 176 ewe lambs selling for an average of $204/head.
Michael Campbell, of Coromandel stud in Boxwood Hill, secured the top-priced poll merino ram, with bidding conducted by Elders agent Nathan King.
“Mr Campbell inspected the ram, tag 160010, last week and was interested in introducing its out-cross genetics into his stud program,” Mr King said.
The 109kg ram measured 16.3 microns, and had a standard deviation of 3.5, a coefficient of variation of 21.2 and a comfort actor of 99.9 per cent. Mr Campbell told the Great Southern Herald the ram carried quality white wool and had good shape, with genetics that could be traced back to a Nepowie ram sired by Gunallo 8.
Coromandel also paid $330/head for 33 red-tag ewes (31⁄2-year-olds), which go back to the stud’s own breeding.
The under-bidder on the toppriced ram, Woolkabin stud, of Woodanilling, secured tag 160040, which featured similar breeding to the top-priced ram, for $6100.
Elders stud stock agent Kevin Broad, who classed the Hyfield sheep, said buyers were mostly looking for wool types suitable for higher rainfall environments.
Mr Broad, who also bid on behalf of several buyers, secured a $3100 well-nourished woollen ram for account P & B Westlake & Co.
Warralea stud co-principal Jarrod King, of Gairdner, paid $2600 for a 16.2-micron ram and bought two lines of 11⁄2-year-old black-tag ewes, totalling 71 head, for $400 each.
“We are increasing our poll merino numbers and were keen on the opportunity to acquire new genetics to see how they perform in a high-rainfall area,” he said.
Other sheep heading south included the $440 top-priced ewes, bought by Greg and River Hyde, of account Kohat Farm, Ongerup.
The line of 43 Expo-bloodline ewes measured an average 18.75 microns, and had a SD of 3.87, CV of 20.68, 70 per cent yield and comfort factor of 99.25 per cent.
As first-time buyers of Hyfield genetics, Kohat Farm also secured a 38-head line of 31⁄2-year-old red-tag ewes for $420/head.
River Hyde said the even line of black-tag Expo-blood ewes was their first pick during inspection, and represented out-cross genetics for their commercial flock of 4000 breeders.
The Hydes plan to begin breeding flock rams using a Trigger Vale ram recently bought at the Hamilton Sheepvention sale.
“We are increasing our sheep numbers and with our experience in breeding Kohat White Suffolk stud sheep, we feel confident in breeding our own poll merino flock rams with this opportunity to buy stud ewes,” he said.
Wanjalonar stud co-principal Derek Hooper, of Narembeen, paid $420/head for a line of 39 black-tag ewes.
“We have bought from Hyfield stud in the past, selecting Jaloran bloodlines, but these are the first poll genetics for our stud and we were keen on the Expo blood, which showed good quality, well-nourished wools,” he said.
With the $6600 top-priced Hyfield poll merino ram are Giovi livestock manager Graham McIllree, Elders stud stock agent Nathan King, Giovi’s Geoff Crabb and Daniel Hester.
Canowie Fields stud co-principal Jason Griffiths, of Gairdner, bought two lines of stud ewe lambs.
With the $440/head top-priced pen of 43 black-tag ewes are Giovi’s Geoff Crabb and buyer River Hyde, of Ongerup.