POLL MERINO rams sold to $6000 at the 10th annual Bella Lana Merino ram sale, Wellington, last Friday.
Scott and Anna Brien and family sold 75 rams at auction for a pleasing $2137 average to repeat clients and new buyers.
A client from the first sale, Warren Leeson, Anglewood, Dunedoo, returned and bought the sale-topper among three rams averaging $5167.
His top buy was an 18.8 micron son of Yarrawonga 140961 with the wool comfort factor of 100 per cent estimated breeding values for meat plus of +138. Another at $5500 was a 17.7 micron son of Moorundie Park 306.
Mr Leeson said his top purchase was an outstanding ram.
“He was the best ram for frame, size and wool coverage,” he said. “He’s a stud sire. but I’m happy to have him.” Anglewood flock currently carries 1500 ewes of 19 micron average and Mr Leeson said he was getting very good results from Bella Lana rams.
Musz Shearing’s Muz and Rebecca O’Malveney, Yeramba, Canowindra, returned and bought three rams topping at $4750 to average $3333. They have bought the top-priced rams for each of the past two sales.
Woodhurst Partnership of the Conn family, Wellington, secured three rams while paying to $4250 and a $3667 average, Brendan Gauci, Peelwood, bought two rams to $4000 and a $2750 average while another long-term supporter, the Campbell family, brothers Lachlan and Dugald of Bonada, Mumbil and Burrandong, Dripstone, secured 16 rams to $3000 to average $1766.
Gidleigh Pastoral Company, Bungendore, paid to $2000 three times and a $1692 average for 13 rams, Manager, Brad Croker, said he had purchased rams privately some year ago, but this was the first sale purchases.
Bestwick Pastoral, Bathurst bought six rams to $3000 and $2292 average. and the Cosgrove family, West Charlton, Rockley, two averaging $2625.
The sale was conducted by Landmark, Dubbo, with John Settree the auctioneer.