Navanvale tops Williams fixture

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With the $3500 top-priced ram of the Williams Stud Breeders Association 20th Annual Ram Sale, offered by Navanvale stud, were Mitch and Chris Hogg, of Navanvale Merino and Poll Merino stud, Williams, and Ben Kealy, of Landmark, Williams.
Camera IconWith the $3500 top-priced ram of the Williams Stud Breeders Association 20th Annual Ram Sale, offered by Navanvale stud, were Mitch and Chris Hogg, of Navanvale Merino and Poll Merino stud, Williams, and Ben Kealy, of Landmark, Williams. Credit: The West Australian

Offering more rams this year, Navanvale stud remained consistent with ram sale results at the annual Williams Stud Breeders Association sale last week.

The Hogg family, of Navanvale, Williams, were pleased to offer 48 rams, selling 46 to a sale top-price of $3500 and average price of $1230.

"We offered a few more rams this year and prices remained steady with last year," stud co-principal Chris Hogg said.

Mr Hogg said one of the sale highlights was attracting new buyer interest in on the competitive bidding for the top-priced ram.

"The High Valley-sired ram out of pen 3 is a big-barrelled heavy cutting type," he said.

The 112kg ram recorded a micron of 20.1, standard deviation of 3, and a comfort factor of 99.75.

First-time buyer of Navanvale, Peter Horne, of Woodanilling, said the ram represented an outcross sire for his 2000 Merino ewes.

Assisting with the purchase, Primaries wool manager Tim Chapman said the ram carried stylish white lustrous wool which was consistent with Mr Horne's annual wool clip.

There were three $1900 second-top-priced Merino rams each going to separate buyers - Glenorchy Grazing, of Williams, R & J Hardie, of Bannister, and Tarwonga Pastorial, of Bunbury.

Jamie Anderson, of Glenorchy, bought a total of six rams, while the $1700 top-priced Poll Merino sold to R & J Hardie.

Mr Anderson said he was pleased with his ram selection and had been having good success with Navanvale rams.

"The flow-on affect has been evident in better-quality wools over our 2000 ewe flock," he said.

Other volume buyers included repeat buyer Peter Lloyd, of Boyup Brook, who bought eight rams while his brother Kim bought four.

Both brothers, who have neighbouring farms, agreed Navanvale sheep produced high-yielding fleece which was resistant to fleece rot in high rainfall environments.

Adrian Richardson, of Katanning, bought five rams. He said they were very even in quality.

Navanvale ram sales * Breed Offered Sold Top Price Average Merino 26 26 $3500 $1354 Poll Merino 22 20 $1700 $1070 Total 48 46 $3500 $1230

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