Willandra Merinos sell to $20,000

Willandra sells Poll Merino ram to Rogara stud for $20,000

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The $20,000 ram with Angus and Heidy Heath, Willandra and purchaser, Aaron Granger of Rogara Poll Merinos, Goulburn.

The $20,000 ram with Angus and Heidy Heath, Willandra and purchaser, Aaron Granger of Rogara Poll Merinos, Goulburn.

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Jerilderie stud sells 127 rams of 130 offered.

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Willandra sold 127 rams of 130 offered to a top of $20,000 and an average of $2760 at their 41st Annual On-Property ram sale at Jerilderie on Wednesday.

The stud sold 39 Merino rams for an average of $2609 and 60 Poll Merinos to an average of $3175.

They also sold 17 Merino rams from the pen of threes for an average of $1647 and 11 Poll Merino rams from the pen of three for an average of $2750.

It was Aaron and Ron Granger of Rogara Poll Merinos, Goulburn who took home the top ram of the draft, Lot 3.

The $20,000 ram had previously won reserve grand champion March-shorn poll ram and champion medium wool March-shorn poll ram at the National Merino Show in Dubbo this year.

He had 19.1 microns, a standard deviation of 2.5, coefficient of variation of 13.1 and comfort factor of 99.8.

He tipped the scales at 115 kilograms and had a fat score of 7.0 and eye muscle depth of 44.

His purchaser, Aaron Granger said they had bought a sire from Willandra a few years ago who had bred well for them.

He said the sale's top ram had caught his eye on the show circuit.

"He has our type of wool, a nice stretchy sheep and I think he will aid us in what we're trying to produce," Mr Granger said.

"We're aiming for heavy cutting, good carcase sheep with quality, safe, high-rainfall type wool."

The Sleigh's from Jerilderie were a volume buyer of the day, taking home 14 rams for an average of $2700. Pictured, Andrew, Ian and Julie Sleigh, Angus and Heidy Heath, Jerilderie, Tom Sleigh and the Sleigh's wool classer, Chris Bowman.

The Sleigh's from Jerilderie were a volume buyer of the day, taking home 14 rams for an average of $2700. Pictured, Andrew, Ian and Julie Sleigh, Angus and Heidy Heath, Jerilderie, Tom Sleigh and the Sleigh's wool classer, Chris Bowman.

The ram wasn't the only pen to sell over $10,000, Lot 33 selling to local buyer, Mark Wettenhall of Cara, Jerilderie for $15,000.

The horned ram was by a Manunda sire and out of a One Oak ewe. It had 19.6 microns, an SD of 2.8, CV of 14.3 and CF of 100 per cent.

He weighed 113kg and had a fat score of 9.0 and EMD of 42.

The LA Genetics Trust from Jamestown, South Australia picked up Lot 20 for $14,000.

The poll ram was by a son of Moorundie Park, purchased by Ballathrie Moorundie.

He weighed 99kg, had 20.4 microns, SD of 2.7, CV of 13.2, CF of 99.6, fat score of 4.5 and EMD of 39.

Volume buyers included repeat clients, Brewarrana Holdings of Nathalia, Victoria bought 18 new sires.

Other repeat volume buyers included JW and AJ Caldwell of Young who bought 15 rams for an average of $2420 and the Sleigh family of Jerilderie who took home 14 rams for an average of $2700.

The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark.

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