Wool season kicks off on high

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Dumbleyung woolgrowers Chris and Julie Ramm and their son Jaxon left attended the first WA wool sale of 2017 to witness their Rockhill/V3R wool clip sell to a top of 1185 cents/kg greasy.
Camera IconDumbleyung woolgrowers Chris and Julie Ramm and their son Jaxon left attended the first WA wool sale of 2017 to witness their Rockhill/V3R wool clip sell to a top of 1185 cents/kg greasy. Credit: Warren Holt

The highly anticipated opening wool sale of 2017 made history last week at the Western Wool Centre.

With the Western Market Indicator closing at an all-time high of 1498 cents/kg clean, Landmark reported strong buyer demand.

Dumbleyung woolgrowers Chris and Julie Ramm offered their 129-bale December shorn Rockhill/V3R clip through Landmark and were extremely pleased with the result.

The Ramm family’s 12-bale line of 19 micron wool with a 73 per cent yield and a length of 114mm sold to a top of 1185c/kg greasy and their entire offering swept the floor at an average price of 1027c/kg.

“We are very confident in sheep and wool after losing half of our crop to frost,” Mr Ramm said.

The couple and their son Jaxon, run a 60/40 cropping and sheep enterprise which goes back some 60 years in the family.

“We been on Woodyarrup bloodlines all that time and have been very pleased with the wool harvest over the years,” Mr Ramm said.

“We are certainly considering making a steady increase in sheep numbers as an added risk management.”

Assisting with the Ramm family, Landmark wool client manager Warren Holt, who looks after the central Great Southern and upper Great Southern, said many WA farmers had experienced excellent seasonal conditions.

“Fleece weights have lifted up to 1.5kg/head and the State’s woolgrowers are producing some of the best clips for many years,” he said.

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