Woolkabin top bid $8000 for impressive ram
New Woolkabin Merino ram buyer bid to the $8000 top-price at the Patterson family’s ram sale at Woodanilling last Thursday.
North Meckering woolgrower Glenn Smith, who runs a flock of 5000 Merino ewes with his family, said he was looking for outcross genetics.
“I required a similar style of Merino to our flock, and selected for a big-framed Merino with soft crimpy wool,” he said.
“We average 20.5 microns with our Wongamine woolclip.”
The 124kg Merino ram recorded fleece measurements including 19.4 micron, 14.4 CV, 2.8 SD, and a 7.5 GFW, plus had carcase measurements of 37.5 for eye muscle depth and a fat scan of 6.4.
The Patterson family offered a total of 213 rams at their annual sale through Elders, with all selling for an average price of $1914.
With the majority of the catalogue numbering 173 Poll Merino rams, many repeat buyers were able to secure their requirements.
Lake King woolgrower Rod Turpin, of account Julstroy Farm, was looking for “big cutters of quality wool” when he secured a total of 19 Poll Merinos to a top of $5200 and average price of $2827.
Mr Turpin, who was assisted by sheep consultant Bruce Cameron with selections, said the rams would go to work in his family’s 6000 self-replacing flock.
Mr Cameron also was instrumental in selections for Moonyanooka account JA Kowald & O Kowald, which secured the $6000 top-priced Poll Merino ram.
“Geoff and Ofillia Kowald selected the two best Polls to breed flock rams for their 3000 self-replacing flock and have been buying Woolkabin rams for 12 years,” he said.
Return buyer Darren Howatson, of Newdegate, secured a total of 11 rams to a top of $4500 and average price of $2464.
Volume buyer Westmere Farming, of Williams, secured a total of 20 rams for an average price of $1835.
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