Top Barloo ram attracts $9400 bid

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Barloo Merino rams reached a top-price of $9400 at the House family’s on-property sale at Gnowangerup.

The sale topper sold to Kolindale stud co-principal Luke Ledwith, of Kulin. The 132kg ram, from Barloo’s Impact family, measured 20.1 micron, 3 SD, 14.4 CV and had a comfort factor of 100 per cent.

The $7600 second top-price Merino ram sold to account GL & A Hinkley, of Gnowangerup.

Local woolgrower Greg Stewart and his son Daniem, of Teddington Farms, bought seven Merino rams to a top of $3700 and average price of $3229. “We were selecting for safe, easy-care types with 19 micron wool and good constitution with meat value,” Greg said.

The Stewart family has been buying Barloo rams for more than 45 years for their farm that currently runs a 70/30 crop/sheep enterprise with a 1400 self-replacing ewe flock and 500 wethers. “We shear 3500 sheep in total and are very pleased with our 90 per cent average lambing rate,” Greg said.

Account DL & FL Williamson, of Cranbrook, bought 14 rams to a top of $3300 and average price of $1979.

Barloo stud co-principal Richard House said the sale result was extremely strong. “We appreciated the support from long-term clients who are investing in our genetics, which this year showed improved quality throughout the catalogue,” he said.

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