Mianelup ram ‘nearly perfect’

Kate MatthewsCountryman
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A close to perfect Mianelup Merino ram sold for a red hot $16,000 at last week’s Rabobank Sheep Show and Sale.

The 121kg, two-tooth ram attracted plenty of competitive bidding and was keenly sought after by Patterson brothers Chris and Eric, of Woolkabin Merinos.

It’s been almost 30 years since the Pattersons purchased a Mianelup ram. The last time was when their father, Elliot, paid $15,000 in the early 1980s.

Bidding on Thursday on the brothers’ behalf was marketing consultant Bruce Cameron who has been watching Mianelup’s progeny for 40 years.

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“It’s the best ram they have ever offered for his size, scale, wool quality and he had all the virtues Woolkabin are looking for, ” Mr Cameron said.

“He’s very close to a perfect sheep.”

The ram was sashed grand champion March-shorn Merino ram, reserve grand champion Merino ram, champion medium wool March-shorn ram and junior champion.

He will be mated to an elite group of Woolkabin ewes.

Elliot Richardson, of Mianelup, said the ram was sired by Wallaloo Park 124 and a Mianelup ewe.

His figures included 19.4 micron, 99.9 comfort factor and yield of 75.4 per cent.

The second top priced ram, from Kolindale, sold for $8500 to TB Doney and Co, of Dudinin.

The third top price was $8000 for a Woodyarrup ram purchased by Glenelg Estate, of Amelup.

Two rams from Woolkabin and one from Angenup sold for $7000 each.

Elders stud stock representative Kevin Broad said the sale was successful and showed a trend for more quality two-tooth rams.

“The top prices were both achieved by two-tooth rams and stud breeders are preparing to purchase younger sheep for their stud requirements than the original days when it was all full wool four-tooths, ” he said.

Landmark stud stock representative Deane Allen said that the sale was strong but buyers had been selective.

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