Garnett sell to a $5300 top at last annual sale

Bob GarnantCountryman
Richard House, of Gnowangerup, Elders auctioneer Preston Clarke, Willemenup stud co-principal Collyn Garnett, of Gnowangerup, and buyers Neil and Dion Letter, of Tambellup, with the $5300 top-priced Willemenup Poll Merino ram.
Camera IconRichard House, of Gnowangerup, Elders auctioneer Preston Clarke, Willemenup stud co-principal Collyn Garnett, of Gnowangerup, and buyers Neil and Dion Letter, of Tambellup, with the $5300 top-priced Willemenup Poll Merino ram. Credit: Bob Garnant

The Garnett family of Willemenup all gathered to say thanks to their many loyal clients over the years as their Poll Merino stud’s final ram sale was held last week.

Willemenup stud co-principal Dick Garnett described it as a “sad day”, but selling the stud to the House family, of Barloo stud, of Gnowangerup, “was the right move”.

After thanking the many people involved in the stud, Mr Garnett also paid gratitude to his son, Collyn, who followed in the footsteps of succession from his grandfather, Verdun Garnett, who established the stud in 1954.

“We registered WA’s first Poll Merino stud in 1968, it was the best move we ever made,” Dick said.

With much regret in losing those special client relationships, Collyn told the big crowd, including 51 registered buyers, there was a need to focus the farm on its commercial identity, hence the sale of the stud.

Some clients prepared to bid with both their hearts and their heads, and it was long-time Willemenup ram buyers, the Letter family, of Tambellup, who paid the $5300 top-price on the day.

Willemenup stud co-principal Dick Garnett, with daughter Trish Kupsch, and wife Barbara Garnett, alongside daughter-in-law Tanya Garnett, and grandchildren Demsey Garnett, 12, Myfawny Garnett, 16, and Shelby Garnett and studmaster Collyn Garnett, all at the final ram sale.
Camera IconWillemenup stud co-principal Dick Garnett, with daughter Trish Kupsch, and wife Barbara Garnett, alongside daughter-in-law Tanya Garnett, and grandchildren Demsey Garnett, 12, Myfawny Garnett, 16, and Shelby Garnett and studmaster Collyn Garnett, all at the final ram sale. Credit: Bob Garnant

Out of pen three, Willemenup tag number 180224, out of AI sire East Bungaree 038, brought very competitive bidding to be knocked down by Elders auctioneer Preston Clarke for the top money.

Dion Letter said the ram had broad crimping style wool with good nourishment on a well structured frame. Willemenup 180224 weighed 117kg, with fleece measurements of 21 micron, 3.1 SD, 14.8 CV and a comfort factor of 99.4.

“We will work the ram in our nucleus of 130 ewes to breed flock rams for our 4000 commercial Poll Merino ewes,” Mr Letter said. “

We sold our Goonadooloo woolclip in April for our best prices ever.”

The Letters also paid $3500 for a 21.4 micron ram.

Underbidder on the top-priced ram was Three Springs repeat account Heal Farming, which paid the $4300 second top-price for a 17.4 micron ram from pen two, and a $3100, 20.8 micron ram.

Overall, the sale offered 148 rams, with 111 sold for an average price of $1579, which was on par with last year.

With the $5300 top-priced ram, was Dion Letter, of Tambellup, with his sons Charlie, 10, and Noah, 7, and niece, Gabby Letter, 12.
Camera IconWith the $5300 top-priced ram, was Dion Letter, of Tambellup, with his sons Charlie, 10, and Noah, 7, and niece, Gabby Letter, 12. Credit: Bob Garnant

“It was fantastic to see a large crowd of regular repeat buyers for Willemenup’s final sale,” auctioneer Preston Clarke said.

Two stud accounts were active, with Peter Dewar, of Strath-Haddon stud, of Broomehill, securing rams for $3500 and $3300 and Lachlan Lewis, of Pallinup stud, at Gnowangerup, paying $2400 and $1000. The volume buyer Trevor Ross, trading as TA & RA Ross, of Jerramungup, took 11 rams to a top-price of $3000 (average $2690).

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