Monte Verde sells to top of $1050

Lisa MorrisonCountryman

Tenterden stud Monte Verde's annual on-property ram sale attracted buyers looking to improve the fleece quality of their flocks last Thursday.

Of the 60 Merino rams on offer by auction at Stanley and Suzanne Hall's property, 37 were sold, at an average price of $675.67.

Avalon Way owner Wayne Hall was successful on the final $1050 bid for the top-priced ram.

Landmark Mt Barker auctioneer Charlie Staite said although 21 rams were passed in, the auction was a success.

"Stan always puts forward a surplus of rams to allow a greater selection for his customers so whilst all haven't sold we are still happy with the result as all were purchased by repeat, long-standing buyers," he said.

"Over the past few years Stan has invested in Bundilla Poll Merinos which is a slight change and shows his massive emphasis on wool quality … in a very wet year these sheep have handled the water extremely well, with no sign of water-staining on the wool."

Stan Hall said he was happy with the sale.

"The sheep are carrying high-quality white wools and after a very wet September are showing no signs of water damage," he said.

The sale comes weeks after Mr Hall bought an $8000 Poll Merino stud sire from Bundilla Merino and Poll Merino stud in Young, NSW.

Volume buyers included David Warburton with nine rams, M Cooke and Son with six, and Mark Haynes and Co. with five.

Monte Verde ram sale * Breed Offered Sold Top Average Merino 60 37 1050 675.67

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