Hy­field polls top $6600

Great Southern Herald - - News - Bob Gar­nant

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.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

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.

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