Willemenup rams sell to $8400 top

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Willemenup Poll Merino rams reached a top price of $8400 at the Garnett family’s combined sale held last week at Gnowangerup, which also included Poll Dorset and White Suffolk rams.

With 360 rams in total on offer, representing the three different breeds, there were 72 registered bidders able to secure their full sheep breeding requirements.

Elders auctioneer Preston Clarke kicked off the Poll Merinos stating the staple length of the sale team was outstanding, while Landmark’s Mark Warren auctioned the meat sheep breeds with a message of strength in the prime lamb industry.

After the sale, Willemenup stud co-principal Collyn Garnett said he was pleased with the regular support of his family’s Poll Merino and Curlew Creek Poll Dorset offerings plus those visiting for the first time in support of guest vendor Yonga Downs.

The inaugural Yonga Downs White Suffolk sale made an exceptional debut for stud principal Brenton Addis, with 79 of the 80 rams selling.

Willemenup Poll Merinos

New buyers Allan and Susan Dawson, of Winyar Poll Merino stud, Canowindra, NSW, secured the $8400 top-priced Willemenup ram through Landmark agent Mitchell Crosby.

The 119kg ram, sired by Willemenup Justin, had wool measurements of 22.2 microns, 4.2 standard deviation, 18.7 coefficient of variation and a 97.3 comfort factor, while also having meat figures of 41 for eye muscle area and a rib fat of 8.

Elders auctioneer Preston Clarke, who offered the ram as a stud sire, said the ram had unique quality.

“The ram has massive constitution and its wool is very soft and white with long staple,” he said.

Overall Willemenup offered 179 rams with 130 sold for an average price of $1534 compared with last year when 152 sold for an average of $1593.

Repeat account Pardee Grazing secured pen one for the $3600 second top-price of the sale, a 19.8 micron ram sired by Willemenup Bill.

Bidding on the top line, Pardee also paid $3300 for lot 5 of similar breeding, make and shape.

The next best prices came out of lots 32 and 34, both selling for $3500 each with account PE Stutley & Son securing one and account Heal Farming the other, respectively, with both buyers taking home a second ram each for $2200 and $3400, respectively.

Quairading sheep producers and regular buyer CJ Squires paid $3100 each for two rams.

The Letter family, who trade as JJ & AE Letter, of Tambellup, were also back at the sale to secure two rams for $3000 and $2100.

Dion Letter said he was selecting for free-growing long-stapled wool and the rams would be used over a nucleus flock to breed flock rams for his family’s commercial flock.

Volume buyers included account Capemount Farms, of Katanning, which bought a total of 18 rams to a top of $2900 and average price of $1739. Account Tapscott Pastoral secured a total of 12 rams to a top of $2000 and average price of $1200.

Curlew Creek Poll Dorsets

Long-time clients of the Garnett family’s Poll Merino ram sales, the Egerton-Warburton and Leitch families, of Kojonup, also have been selecting out of the Curlew Creek Poll Dorset catalogue.

This year, the two families, who farm together, paid the $2100 top-price for Curlew Creek tag number 160232, out of pen 1.

“We will use the ram in a nucleus of Poll Dorset ewes to breed flock rams for our 1800 Willemenup blood Poll Merino ewes,” Nathan Leitch said.

“We selected the ram for its size and shape and balanced figures.”

Curlew Creek co-principal Collyn Garnett said the top-priced ram was sired by Gloroy 120517 which has contributed excellent structure and type to his stud program.

The 2016 June drop ram weighed 132.5kg and had measurements of 0.33 BWT, 12.1 WWT, 17.6 PWWT, -1.5 PFAT, 1.5 PEMD, 212 Carcase + and 112.19 Lamb 2020.

Overall the sale offered 150 rams, with 134 selling for an average price of $1026, compared with last year when 163 sold for an average price of $1033.

Account TM & PM Webb paid the $2000 second top-price for a 126.5kg ram, which was sired by Ivadene 100056.

Kalmer Pastoral was selecting rams off the top order securing lots 2, 3 and 4 and also later lot 23 to a top of $1950 and average price of $1850.

Account Lavieville Grazing also took home four rams to a top of $1750 and average of $1537.

Volume buyer Snow & Co secured bought nine rams for an average of $761.

Yonga Downs White Suffolks

With nearly a total clearance of the 80 rams offered, 79 selling to a top of $3200 and average price of $1273, Yonga Downs’ Brenton Addis was “blown away” with his inaugural sale.

The $3200 top-price ram sold to Kolindale White Suffolk stud, of Dudinin.

Landmark agent Roy Addis said Kolindale was interested in the genetics which went back to grandsire Ashbourne 20.

The YD8661 tagged ram was a 2016 May drop which currently weighs 113kg and measured 0.26 BWT, 8.89 WWT, 15.22 PWWT, -0.6 PFAT, 2.2 PEMD, 199 Carcase + and Lamb 2020 113.

The $2550 second top-priced ram sold to Ashley McDonald, of Macsfield White Suffolk stud, Esperance. This 2016 April-drop ram weighed 112kg and carried similar measurements to YD8661 with a higher WWT of 10.6

South Pingrup sheep and wool producer Wayne Tapscott, who trades as DJ Tapscott & Co, bought a total of five rams to a top of $1700 and average price of $1580.

Account Wallacup Farms secured three rams for $1750, $1650 and $1400, while account Johnston Plains paid $1750 and $1350 for their choice of Yonga Downs rams.

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