Woodyarrup’s crimping white wools attract highs of $11,200

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Buyer Greg Doyle, of Corrigin, with son Ben Doyle, Woodyarrup stud co-principal Craig Dewar, of Broomehill, and son Lachlan Dewar with Elders auctioneer Nathan King and the $11,200 top-priced ram.
Camera IconBuyer Greg Doyle, of Corrigin, with son Ben Doyle, Woodyarrup stud co-principal Craig Dewar, of Broomehill, and son Lachlan Dewar with Elders auctioneer Nathan King and the $11,200 top-priced ram. Credit: Bob Garnant

A rich nutritious fleece, with crimpy white wool, put a handsome price on a Broomehill-bred Merino ram at the Dewar family’s 12th annual on-property sale.

Craig Dewar and his son Lachlan offered 248 Woodyarrup Merino and Poll Merino rams, designed for superior fibre processing, which were presented before 50 registered buyers on October 8.

“I believe the auction team are an excellent representation of the Woodyarrup breeding program,” Craig said.

The sale, conducted by Elders, had an outcome of 239 rams sold to a top price of $11,200 and average price of $2203, up $104/head on last year.

The stand-out and sale-topping two-tooth ram was Woodyarrup 001, sired by elite wool sire Orrie Cowie 050.

Woodyarrup 001, a visual treat, attracted competitive bids before being secured by Corrigin woolgrower Greg Doyle, who trades as Wylivere Farms.

“I was impressed with the size and length of the ram, which carried a well-nourished fleece with excellent style,” Mr Doyle said.

Elders auctioneer Nathan King, buyer Ashley Sutherland, of Arradale stud at Perenjori, Woodyarrup stud co-principal Craig Dewar, his partner Sandra Gianoli, farmhand Tara Wright and Lachlan Dewar with the $7600 second top-priced ram.
Camera IconElders auctioneer Nathan King, buyer Ashley Sutherland, of Arradale stud at Perenjori, Woodyarrup stud co-principal Craig Dewar, his partner Sandra Gianoli, farmhand Tara Wright and Lachlan Dewar with the $7600 second top-priced ram. Credit: Bob Garnant

“We will use the ram over some select ewes to breed flock rams for our 19 micron average 5200 commercial flock.”

The 19-micron ET-bred ram came with a top one per cent for MerinoSelect yearling clean fleece weight (33.0) and was in the top 5 per cent for the Merino+ Index, while its Dual Purpose+ Index of 170.8 was in the top 10 per cent.

Mr Boyle’s confident bidding also secured a stud reserve slotted as a catalogue replacement, paying $3600 for the 20.5 micron ram with both MP+ and DP+ in the top 5 per cent.

“The is our fifth year using Woodyarrup rams and we are very pleased with the results,” he said.

The $7600 second top-price ram, Woodyarrup 025, was also ET-bred, sired by OC 050 and secured by Ashley Sutherland, of Arra-Dale stud, of Perenjori, who also paid $3600 for another OC sired ram.

“It was our second year at the sale and we selected for wool cut, structure and good Australian Sheep Breeding Value figures,” he said.

Gnowangerup woolgrower David Gaze selected a heavy cutting ram for his top pick.
Camera IconGnowangerup woolgrower David Gaze selected a heavy cutting ram for his top pick. Credit: Bob Garnant

Home-bred Woodyarrup genetics also featured in the top line-up with lot one, AI sired by Woodyarrup 175, selling for $5400 to Beverley account CM Gould & Son, which also paid $2000 for a Poll Merino ram.

Gnowangerup account Kebaringup Farm’s David Gaze secured a $5000 OC sired ram from lot four and Quairading account Arethusa Farming paid the same money for a Woodyarrup sired ram from lot nine.

The $2800 top-priced Poll Merino, sired by Hinesville 004, was secured by Beacon account Graeme Shemeld, while Kendenup account Frost & Cave Farms took home seven Polls for an average price of $1886.

There were volume buyers aplenty including Narrogin account Springhill Farm, with its woolgrower John Patmore, securing 10 rams to a top of $3800 and average price of $3350.

Attending his 10th sale, Cranbrook woolgrower Sean Morgan, of Cranbrook, secured a total of 15 rams to a top of $3000 and average price of $2327.

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