Coromandel hits $4200 top in competitive bidding

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Jerramungup agent Neil Foreman, Elders stud stock agent Nathan King and Coromandel stud co-principal Michael Campbell with the $4200 top-priced Poll Merino ram.
Camera IconJerramungup agent Neil Foreman, Elders stud stock agent Nathan King and Coromandel stud co-principal Michael Campbell with the $4200 top-priced Poll Merino ram. Credit: Bob Garnant

A Gairdner couple hosted their 34th annual Coromandel Poll Merino ram sale last week, with prices reaching a $4200 top price.

Coromandel stud co-principals Michael Campbell and wife Gabrielle McMullen offered 79 rams through Landmark, with 73 sold for an average price of $1518, which was up $252/head on last year.

While the first nine March shorn rams sold well above average prices, it was a May shorn ram from lot 15 that commanded the top money.

Competitive bids for the ram included a phone link through Elders agent Nathan King, who secured the ram on behalf of stud account LJ & O Dawes, of Rutherglen stud, at Yearling.

Mr King said Rutherglen stud co-principal Bill (Buster) Dawes. had inspected the ram at an earlier field day and was taken by the crimpy stylish wool on the ram with beautiful staple.

The 20.9-micron ram, with genetics back to sire Glenlea Park 739, represented an outcross sire for Rutherglen, which had secured Coromandel rams in the past.

The fully measured ram through Merinoselect’s Australian Sheep Breeding Values recorded one of the catalogue’s highest DP+ Indexes at 154.

The Dawes family also paid $2600 for an 18.5-micron ram, sired by a Nerstane ram, going back to Wilandra Desmond 026.

Wellstead account Chillinup Pastoral Company secured an equal $3600 top-priced ram which measured 18.2-microns and had the equal-highest DP+ Index of 155.

Gairdner woolgrower Brad Peacock, who trades as EM Peacock & Co, secured seven rams to a top of $3600 and average price of $2715

“We been regular buyers for 47 years, and select our rams for big frames with long white stapled wool for our flock of 2300 ewes,” he said.

Rocky Gully woolgrower Ian Higgins, who trades as Corranup Grazing Co East, secured 10 rams to a top of $2300 and average price of $1540.

“We were looking for bright, free-growing wool on good structured rams,” he said.

Tenterden account Beechbanks Farms secured six rams for an average price of $1450.

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