Rampant demand rewrites records
Demand for trait-leading Moojepin Merinos pushed prices to a record auction top-price of $12,500 at the Thompson family’s annual ram sale last Thursday at Katanning.
While the two highest auction prices, which included another $10,000 ram, were both financed by a repeat Pingelly buyer, a $25,000 private sale to a Victorian stud account also rewrote the record books.
Overall, of the 131 rams offered through Landmark, not including the stud reserve, 124 sold for an average price of $2202, up $84/head on last year.
The post-sale negotiation was for stud reserve Moojepin 16-0003, which had 19 sons in the sale, and was sought by first-time ram buyer Will Hooke, of Willera Merinos, of Serpentine, Victoria.
“We have used Moojepin genetics in the past, but this is the first live ram we selected and the ram met our expectations with good staple length and clean fleece weight plus the appropriate carcase traits,” he said.
“We shear six-monthly and are selecting wrinkle-free types which do not require mulesing.”
The highly ranked Moojepin 16-0003, which sold for 50/50 semen rights, recorded five trait leading figures on MerinoSelect including a 8.8 PWT, 30.9 YCFW and a 26.5 YSL.
The Hooke family also secured a 16-0003 sired sale ram for $5250 and another Wallaroo Park 16-1514 sired ram for $4000.
Patiently awaiting lot 75, which was a stud reserve replacement, Pingelly account KJ & RJ Page struck a bidding war on Moojepin 18-0639, a son of 16-0003, which was secured by Kane Page for the $12,500 top-price.
With five leading traits of inheritance, the ram suited Mr Page’s specifics of carcase and structural soundness.
He also secured another 16-0003 son for $10,000 and a syndicate sired ram for $4000.
“We will use the rams in our 750-head nucleus to breed flock rams for a 5000-head commercial flock,” Mr Page said.
The under-bidder on the sale topper, Slabhut Grazing’s Toby Anderson, of Kojonup, also secured a 16-0003 son for $7500, but continued his buying spree to tally five rams for an average price of $3650.
This included the Blue Tree project fund raising from the proceeds of lot 131, donated by the Thompson family, which sold to the Andersons for $3750.
“We have been on Moojepin genetics for 20 years and are taking our flock of 7000 ewes into the non-mulesing category,” Mr Anderson said.
Westonia account HA & KM Townrow, secured seven rams to a $5500 top and average of $2500.
New buying account Dumbitt Hills Pastoral secured a total of 10 rams for an average price of $1425.
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