Westvale Merinos tops at $5000

Wastvale Merinos hits $5000 top


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Westvale Merinos stud overseer Scott Matthews, auctioneer John Setree, Landmark, Dubbo, Westvale Merinos stud master Leo Blanch, Todd Clark, Schute Bell, Armidale, and John and Alana Tobin, "Fairfield", Wards Mistake, with the top-priced ram.

Westvale Merinos stud overseer Scott Matthews, auctioneer John Setree, Landmark, Dubbo, Westvale Merinos stud master Leo Blanch, Todd Clark, Schute Bell, Armidale, and John and Alana Tobin, "Fairfield", Wards Mistake, with the top-priced ram.

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Westvale Merinos, Wollun, reached a $5000 top at its ram sale on Wednesday, celebrating 70 years of Merino sheep breeding.

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Celebrating 70 years of Merino sheep breeding history, Westvale Merinos, Wollun, held their 34th on-property sale on Wednesday, making a top price of $5000.

A group of mostly repeat buyers attended the sale, where 42 of the 58 rams offered were sold for a 72 per cent clearance rate and average of $1354.

The first ram to go under the hammer made the top price, selling to repeat buyers John and Alana Tobin, “Fairfield”, Wards Mistake for $5000. 

The two-and-a-half-year-old ram, Westvale Merinos GA322, was the obvious standout of all the lots offered, and had a fibre diameter of 17 micron, standard deviation (SD) of 2.6 micron, co-efficient variation (CV) of 15.5pc, and comfort factor (CF) of 100pc.

Mr Tobin said the top ram was a big, upstanding sheep with a lot of wool, and that it would suit the type of sheep produced at “Fairfield”. 

“He was a standout ram amongst the draft, and I think he was worth the $5000,” Mr Tobin said. 

The second top-priced ram was purchased by David Adams, Armidale, for $3000.

The two-and-a-half-year-old ram, Westvale Merinos R268, had a fibre diameter of 15.5 micron, SD of 3 micron, CV of 19.2pc, and CF of 99.9pc.

Volume buyers on the day included the Tobin family, who purchased six rams for an average of $1833.

The Chappell family of “Bridgewater”, Dundee, and the Webber family of “Woodville”, Bendemeer, also took home six rams each, averaging $1033.

Westvale Merinos stud principle Leo Blanch said the outcome of the sale reflected the position of the super-fine wool market. 

“I don’t think the market’s there yet for people to get ambitious, but eventually people will breed more super-fine Merinos,” he said.

Speaking of the top-priced ram, Mr Blanch said he wasn’t surprised to see someone willing to pay good money for it.

“I think he’s a top sheep so he wasn’t going anywhere if he didn’t bring a good price.

“I’m pleased to see him go to a good family and the Tobins have been very loyal to us.” 

The sale was conducted by Landmark, Armidale, and Schute Bell, Armidale, with John Setree, Landmark, Dubbo, as auctioneer.

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