Buyers return for Balgun Dohnbouillets

Paddy SweeneyCountryman

Considerably higher prices than last year were recorded at the Balgun on-property ram sale on Wednesday last week where bidding reached a top price of $1100.

The stud's Dohnbouillet Merino rams were in high demand - 24 of the 25 offered sold with average prices up nearly $150 on last year.

Two of the five Lambouillet rams on offer sold.

Tim Quartermaine, of Dunara Farms, Wagin, bought the top-priced Lambouillet ram for $500.

Mr Quartermaine, who also bought the top price Dohnbouillet ram and only ram more than 100kg in weight, said he was impressed with his purchase.

"I liked this one. He is such a big and outstanding ram with very good growth rates," he said.

Living only 10km from the property, Mr Quartermaine said there were several reasons why he had returned to this year's sale.

He attended Balgun's sale for the first time last year.

"It's not just about being close, however, it's very handy to get rams in close location to myself," he said.

"I was pleased with the growth weight, lambing percentage and quality of wool they produced last year and I think this year will be the same."

Wagin Landmark auctioneer Peter Foley said the rams were very easy to sell and the sale was a great outcome for the stud.

"The presentation and preparation done by Jim and Sam before today has been excellent and the main reason why the averages are up," Mr Foley said.

"The rams have good white wools and a great length of body, which has seen a gradual progression for this stud."

Balgun co-principal Sam West said he was happy with the outcome and to see several clients returning.

"As a whole, we are pleased with the sales," he said.

"All of our long-term clients have returned, which is great. From the feedback we received, they are happy with our rams."

Balgun on-property ram sale * BREED OFFERED SOLD TOP PRICE AVERAGE Dohnbouillet 25 24 $1100 $756.25 Lambouillet 5 2 $500 $450

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