Buyers market at Cranmore sale

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It was a buyers market at the Cranmore ram sale held in Walebing last week.

Cranmore stud co-principal Kristin Lefroy said several regular clients did not attend this year due to the extreme seasonal conditions.

"On top of the adverse season, sheep producers are trying also to manage through the live export situation which is added pressure," Mr Lefroy said.

Cranmore sold a total of 135 rams at an average price of $748 as compared to last year when the stud offered and sold 149 for an average price of $1041.

Primaries wool manager Tim Chapman, who was acting on behalf of John Smith of Jebarjup Pastoral, Cranbrook, said while prices were down the quality was exceptionally high.

Mr Chapman secured 12 rams for Jebarjup to a top of $1100 and an average price of $792.

"Jebarjup bought privately last year and decided to secure rams at auction for the first time this year," Mr Chapman said.

Bidding on behalf of Jebarjup, Mr Chapman selected on fine, soft handling and well grown wool with well defined crimp.

"I also was selective on the bigger framed rams," he said.

The $1450 top-priced ram sold to repeat buyer Rob Climas, of Homewood Farms, Moora.

Mr Climas said he was selecting on the overall quality of the Cranmore rams after buying a total of seven rams for an average price of $929, which included the $1200 top-priced Poll Merino.

"It was a very even line-up of well balanced sheep with good conformation and quality wool," he said.

The $1300 equal second top-priced ram sold to Brian Micke of Mogumber.

The Merino ram recorded an 18.7 micron and a comfort factor of 99.9.

Mr Micke bought a total of five rams for an average price of $900.

Also active on the top line of Merinos was Nardy Farms which bought to a top of $1200.

Volume buyers included Kim House, of Wong Wong Pastoral, Watheroo, who bought 18 rams, while Carslake Holdings, of Beverley, bought 15 rams, and Yolander Holdings, of Kojonup, bought a total of 11.

Cranmore ram sale * BREED OFFERED SOLD TOP PRICE AVERAGE Merino 114 108 $1450 $770 Poll Merino 34 27 $1200 $661 TOTAL 148 135 $1450 $748

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