Rams up for sale

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

North East Merino Breed­ers Group’s an­nual ram sale is set to get un­der way next Tues­day, with hopes strong in­dus­try re­turns will de­liver good re­sults for all.

A num­ber of lo­cal studs are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the group sale with rams from Bin­dawarra, Ben­n­mann, Hy­nam Poll, Kil­feera Park Poll, Kil­feera Park, Toland Poll, Koole Vale and Wir­rate studs go­ing un­der the ham­mer at the 1 pm sale.

With in­spec­tions be­gin­ning at 10 am on the day, reg­is­tered buy­ers will also go into the draw to win $400 off the pur­chase of a ram in the sale, with group pres­i­dent Si­mon Rid­dle an­nounc­ing the win­ner ahead of the auc­tion.

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful sale last year, Hy­nam Poll Meri­nos owner Kevin Hy­nam, who will put eight rams up for sale, said the group was hop­ing for a good turnout at the sale.

Hav­ing re­lo­cated from Hopetoun in the south­ern Mallee two years ago, Mr Hy­nam said he had been pleased with how his flock had han­dled the rain and the im­proved wool-grow­ing con­di­tions.

En­joy­ing good re­turns for his wool, he said he hoped the sale would pro­vide more qual­ity re­sults.

‘‘The wool mar­ket is ex­cep­tion­ally good at the mo­ment and the meat mar­ket has had some great re­turns,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s been a bit of a tough sea­son through Vic­to­ria and into New South Wales in terms of rain . . . but I’m con­fi­dent with my own sheep and there’s been some good in­ter­est.’’

A duo of lo­cal judges will un­der­take all-pur­pose judg­ing on the day, with Ka­t­rina McCraken from Avenel’s Dun­brae Merino Stud act­ing as wool judge while Coledale Poll Dorset Stud’s Kirsty Tay­lor has been ap­pointed meat judge.

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