Max and Andrew Rayner and families of Grathlyn stud were pleased to announce the private sale of two Grathlyn rams to clients of 10 years, Arthur and Frances Blewitt, and son, Robert, Briarlea stud, Williamsdale, following the Rayner family’s annual; Grathlyn Merino and Lynford Poll Merino stud sales on the property at Hargraves last Thursday.
The Blewitts paid $10,000 for a 14.3 micron son of Grathlyn 12-12 weighing 125 kilograms, and $5000 for a son of Airlie 331 weighing 87kg and growing 16.2 micron wool.
The family moved to Grathlyn blood following generations of Merryville breeding and are running 800 ewes.
Arthur Blewitt said Grathlyn rams had built up the bulkiness of the Briarlea wool.
“I like Grathlyn wool. It’s whiteness and feel comes from not only Grathlyn, but also Merryville beforehand,” he said.
Six generations have grazed stock in the Williamsdale district since the Blewitt family settled in 1841.
They exhibited grand champion fleece at the 2015 Sydney Royal Show off a 16.5 micron Grathlyn ram weighing 6.3kg.
The fleece yielded and 80.7 per cent and ended with a clean fleece weight of 5.1kg from the ram the Blewitts paid $2000 for at the annualk Armidale ram sale earlier that year.