DEMONDRILLE Merino rams proved consistent and great value for buyers during the stud’s 28th annual fine wool Merino ram sale on Tuesday, where rams were sold to NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.
All 120 rams on offer were snapped up by buyers to average $2360 and top at $5500.
Roberts Wool from Tasmania secured the $5500 sale topper, Demondrille 170550, that was sired by the Demondrille 715 syndicate.
With a body weight of 98 kilograms, the ram was 16.4 in the micron with a standard deviation (SD) of 2.1, fibre diameter coefficient of variation (CV) of 12.8pc and comfort factor (CF) of 99.9pc. It had a greasy fleece weight (GFW) of 110pc and a weaning weight of 49kg.
Although not in attendance, Damien Meaburne from Roberts Wool had seen the top-priced ram during the recent South West Slopes Stud Merino Breeders field day at Harden earlier in the month.
Binda based buyers the Anderson family from Lower Sylvia Vale purchased the second top-priced ram for $4500.
Their Demondrille 170094 selection weighed 95kg with a micron of 16.2 and was by Demondrille Uniform 7107. It had a GFW of 114pc, a weaning weight of 51.5kg and was 2.3 in the SD, 14.2pc in the CV and 99.9pc in the CF.
The Andersons took home four rams to average $3938 across their selections
Karoola Pty Ltd, Young, were the major buyers putting together a line of 15 rams to introduce to their flock.
There was a large number of volume buyers in attendance including the Burgess family from Gundaroo, who bought seven rams, G. and N. Nash, Wattle Flat, purchased five rams, local buyers Elouera Pastoral Company, Harden, secured three rams while Bangarla Pty Ltd, The Grove, Trunkey, took home four.
Ten rams are destined for Victoria with the Estate of JF. O’Brien, Merrijig, buying five rams and G. and J. Breadon, Mansfield, securing four.
Rick Power was taking bids as the auctioneer on behalf of selling agents Landmark.