Woolkabin rams sell to $14,250 top

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The Patterson family’s Woolkabin ram sale attracted several new stud interests at Woodanilling last week, lifting the top price to $14,250 and resulting in a total clearance and a record average price of $2164.

Also a feature of the sale was the sound of rain, which poured on the shed’s tin roof, almost drowning out the call of bids on the early top rams.

On offer was some very special Poll Merino rams bred through AI from sire Willandra “The GP” — a Poll Merino ram with ¾ Willandra Poll and ¼ One Oak Poll genetics.

With several GP sons on offer at Woolkabin, pre-sale inspections had registered buyers carefully marking down their top picks.

First-time Woolkabin buyer David Kelly, who is principal of Northwich stud, of Wongan Hills, set the benchmark on GP sons securing the sale topper, Woolkabin tag 185, from pen 1.

“I liked the Poll’s size, length, depth and its free-growing wool,” he said.

The much-admired 114kg ram measured 18.8 microns, 3.1 SD, 16.5 CV and a comfort factor of 99.6 plus scanned eye muscle area of 42mm.

The under bidder, long-time Woolkabin client and commercial woolgrower Len Simmons, of Brookton, settled for his second pick on the popular GP offering out of pen 41 for $3600. After pen 1 set the pace, Elders stud stock agent Kevin Broad was busy on the first row of GP sons, securing two for $8000 and $6250 for first-time buyer Cardiff stud, of Yorkrakine.

The $9500 second top-price of the sale was also a GP son selling to the Wise family, of Wililoo stud, Katanning, who were also securing their first Woolkabin ram.

And on it went with the Dewar family of Strath Haddon stud, of Broomehill, securing two GP sons for $7600 and $3100.

Strath Haddon principal Peter Dewar said the rams would go to work in his family’s self-replacing pure Poll Merino flock.

Repeat buyers, the Howatson family, of Newdegate, were keen to get in on the GP action with a successful bid of $6750 on pen 3, described as one of the best wools by Elders auctioneer Nathan King.

The Howatsons secured a total of six Polls for an average price of $4242.

Commercial woolgrowers were also ready to pounce on their opportunity to acquire a GP son or two and Rod and Stuart Turpin, who trade as Julstroy Farms, of Lake King, waited patiently for pen 14 with a successful bid of $9000.

The Turpins, who run a 4400 self-replacing Poll Merino flock, bought a total of 17 rams for an average price of $3294.

“After many years of buying and selling sheep, we decided five years ago to begin breeding as part of our 50/50 cropping/sheep enterprise,” Rod said.

Also active at the sale, Darkan woolgrower Murray Lloyd, of FE & BJ Lloyd, who was keen to select off the top line.

“We have been buying from Woolkabin for 55 years and our self-replacing flock has progressed as a result,” he said.

“We average 20.8 microns and our ewes are cutting up to 6.6kg and were producing 50kg per hectare.”

Mr Lloyd, who farms with his brother Tom, bought two Polls for $3000 and $1900 to go over a nucleus of ewes to breed flock rams. The Patterson family were extremely pleased with the sale result and the support from the many repeat and new buyers.

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