Billandri rams soar to $4600 high

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Billandri Poll Merino rams reached a top price of $4600 and stud-record average price of $1161 a head for all 200 rams sold at the Sandilands family’s annual on-property sale at Kendenup last week.

The sale’s long list of repeat buyers were justified in their higher spend matched by the stud’s measured performance which aims to improve clients’ flocks at a faster rate of progress.

“The Dual Purpose Plus Index figure, available on each ram, is always a good calculator to work on,” stud co-principal Bill Sandilands said.

The 92kg ram penned as lot one had the highest DP+ figure of 176.5 which was knocked down by Landmark auctioneer Harry Carroll for $3000 to Ulinga Pastoral, of Ravensthorpe.

The 17.8-micron ram measured a clean fleece weight of 138 per cent and a comfort factor of 99.9 per cent.

Long-time repeat buyer Joe Hughes, of Ulinga, also secured two other rams for $2500 and $1600.

Also working on the top line of high DP+ index rams, account RF & MR Bilney, of Kojonup, secured three early-penned rams to a top of $2400 and average price of $2100.

Impressed with the style of fleece and wool cut from the ram in pen 11, Michael White, who trades as White Family Trust, of Tambellup, paid the $4600 sale top-price for his first pick.

The 16.3-micron ram had a measured clean fleece weight of 132 per cent and had a Merino Production Index of 162, as well as a fleece comfort factor of 100 per cent.

Mr White, who also paid $1800 for another ram, said he would use the rams in a nucleus of breeding ewes to breed flock rams for his family’s 2500 commercial flock.

“We will begin shearing our Sterling Plains woolclip soon and anticipate good auction values,” he said.

Landmark agent Russell McKay was bidding on behalf of account Sadler and Co, of Wongan Hills, securing a total of seven rams in its third year at the sale to a top of $2500 and average price of $1829.

Regular buyers John and Ash Sexton, who trade as JJ & JA Sexton, of Kojonup, spread their volume-18 ram order throughout the catalogue to a top of $1800 and average price of $1447.

“We were selecting for big frame size for higher wool cuts for our 6000 commercial breeding flock,” Ash said.

Also selecting for heavier body weights, plus good index figures and low faecal egg count was Mark Addis, of Gordon River Grazing, of Cranbrook, who bought 15 rams for an average price of $827.

Volume buyer Glenorchy Holdings, of Beverley, bought 16 rams to an average price of $884.

Eric Rae, of Greenhill Estate, Katanning, took home 12 rams for an average price of $846.

The Sandilands family were very pleased to satisfy the requirements of regular clients and new buyers.

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