Solid Ejanding sale achieves $4000 top

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Challenging was how Ejanding stud principal Brett Jones described his family's preparation for the first ram sale of the 2012 season.

Nevertheless, with much needed rain falling just days before, the Jones penned up 178 rams last week with cautious optimism of a buoyant sale result.

After the last fall of the hammer, 164 rams were earmarked for clients' paddocks.

A top price of $4000 was paid and an average of $1069 achieved for 110 Poll Merinos and 54 Merinos.

"We were just under $100 a head on last year's average, which was certainly an expectation with the poorer season farmers are experiencing," Mr Jones said.

"However, we were very pleased with selling a few more rams this year and the offering was a good representation of our stud's progression."

The standout ram was from pen 121, the lead in the Merino selection.

Mr Jones said the ram was sired by Lustre 050763 and displayed excellent conformation and carried lustrous, bold crimping wool.

Shane Edwards, of Rockridge Merino stud, Quairading, who bought the sale topper, said he liked the big-framed, 105kg ram and was interested in introducing the Lustre family genetics into his nucleus flock.

"The ram has an exceptional sirey outlook with wonderful wool quality," Mr Edwards said.

All of the Ejanding sale rams were displayed with April and August test figures as well as Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs).

The Merino's August test recorded a 21.2 micron, standard deviation of 3.3, and a comfort factor of 99.5 per cent and had a Merino Plus Index of 134.

Also buying off the top line of Merinos were Shaun and Ashley Sparkman, who trade as Shannadale, of Perenjori.

The Sparkmans bought the $2400 second top-priced ram and went on to secure a total of 11 Merinos for an average price of $1727.

IA & CA Kerr, of Coorow, were also volume buyers of Merinos, successful on an even dozen.

In the Poll Merino catalogue, it was lot 2 which sold for the $2700 sale top price.

The 21.2-micron ram's stylish bright wool caught the eye of Calingiri woolgrower Stewart King.

"After a recent 20mm of rainfall at my farm, I secured my first pick with confidence," he said.

Mr King runs a 1000-ewe flock which produces 55 bales of January-shorn wool.

The two second top price Poll Merinos sold for $1900 - one to GE & LD Stratford, of Wyalkatchem, and the other to GL Robert & Son, of Goomalling.

The Emmott family, of Moonigin, secured 12 Poll Merinos to a top price of $800.

Dowerin woolgrower Phil Pickering bought nine Poll Merinos for an average price of $844.

Mr Pickering said his family had bought Ejanding bloodlines since 1956.

Account NB & KL Frearson, of Wongan Hills, bought seven Poll Merinos through Landmark agent Grant Lupton.

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