Pickering family reach a top price of $10,000
The Pickering family’s annual ram sale at Cascade reached a top price of $10,000 with a Pyramid Poll taking the honours as repeat buyers praised the genetic line-up.
In stark contrast to last year’s record average results, unseasonal conditions in the Esperance region had the overall sale result well down on 2018.
Stud co-principal Scott Pickering said the sale, which was held last week on Tuesday, was on par with the lack of rainfall and feed, which was also complicated by recent frosts in the region.
Overall, the Pickerings’ offering of 101 Pyramid Polls and 85 Derella Downs Merinos had 79 and 64 rams sold, respectively, for a combined average price of $1238, which was $938/head down on last year when 216 rams sold for an average price of $2176.
Top-price and repeat buyers Roger and Joanne Nankivell, of Condingup, secured Pyramid Poll tag number 180042 with confidence from pen two, no matter the season outlook.
“The ram, which represents outcross genetics, has good Australian Sheep Breeding Values, is structually correct with a long square body and lustrous white wool with extra staple length,” Mr Nankivell said.
“We will use him in our nucleus flock of 100 ewes to breed flock rams for our 1500-head commercial flock.”
Pyramid Poll 180042 was sired by Moorundie 388, which the Pickerings bought for $52,000 in a 50/50 partnership in September, 2017.
The Moorundie son recorded a 21.1 micron, 2.6 SD, 12.3 CV and a comfort factor of 99.8.
It also had Australian Sheep Breeding Values of 6.12 for YWT, -0.09 YFAT, 0.32 YEMD, 19.71 YCFW, -0.21 YFD and a Merino + index of 146.
From the Derella Downs Merino section of the catalogue, Brad and Vanessa Whiting, of Munglinup, stepped up their quality selections, securing the $3300 top-priced ram.
“We were encouraged to bid on the top line of rams, knowing there was less competition out of the poorer season,” Mr Whiting said.
“We have now had two dry seasons in a row and there is no certainty in the wether market for live export.”
The Whitings bought nine Merino rams for an average price of $2112.
There was a new buyer this year for Condingup account Epasco Farms, with recently appointed farm manager Nick Ruddenklau, taking over the role from Rod Taylor, who has retired.
Mr Ruddenklau was successful on two Poll Merino rams for $3000 and $2100. It is believed they were the first Pyramid Polls for Epasco after many years of staying true to Merinos.
“I was selecting for long, white and bold crimpy wool with good ASBV muscle and fat figures to use in our nucleus flock to breed flock rams for our 18,000 commercial ewe flock,” Mr Ruddenklau said.
Volume buyer Rick Twigg, of TandaraTraders, of Boyup Brook, secured 16 Pyramid Polls to a top of $2300 and average price of $1300.
“I have been buying Pyramid Polls with good frames and wools for six years and run 3000 commercial ewes,” he said.
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