Grogansworth Merinos top at $8000

Grogansworth Merinos average $2205 at the Bowning stud's on-property sale

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The top ram with Mark Taylor, Schute Bell Badgery Lumby, purchasers, Jodi and Peter Hansch, Weasel Plains Merino Stud, Bothwell, Tasmania, auctioneer, Paul Dooley and stud principal, George Henderson, Grogansworth, Bowning.

The top ram with Mark Taylor, Schute Bell Badgery Lumby, purchasers, Jodi and Peter Hansch, Weasel Plains Merino Stud, Bothwell, Tasmania, auctioneer, Paul Dooley and stud principal, George Henderson, Grogansworth, Bowning.

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Tasmanian stud interest in Grogansworth genetics.

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Grogansworth Merino Stud's 2019 on-property sale saw Tasmania stud interest push prices to a top of $8000.

The Bowning stud sold 90 rams of 105 offered for a clearance rate of 86 per cent and average of $2205.

Grogansworth stud principal, George Henderson said the better quality rams attracted a huge amount of competition early in the sale, with the first eight lots going under the hammer for an average of $5625.

The top ram, sold as lot 4, was purchased by first-time buyers, Peter and Jodi Hansch of Weasel Plains Merino Stud, Bothwell, Tasmania for $8000.

The ram had 20 micron, a standard deviation of 3.6, coefficient of variation of 17.8, comfort factor of 99.1 per cent.

He had a greasy fleece weight percentage of 119 and positive fat (1.9) and muscle scores (1.7).

Mr Henderson said the ram was sired by 11P, a ram purchased privately from One Oak Poll, Jerilderie in 2016.

"The top-priced ram's got a lot of wool, he's a heavy cutter and his wool has a beautiful deep-crimping style and is very well nourished," Mr Henderson said.

"Just about all of our horned genetics go back to One Oak, that's allowed us to breed consistent lines of sheep."

Purchaser, Peter Hansch said those genetics had attracted them to Grogansworth, having seen the stud at the South West Slopes Field Days in September.

"We have been introducing some One Oak families into our stud and Grogansworth is probably the purest One Oak stud in Australia," Mr Hansch said.

He said their purchase was their number one pick because he had long, crimpy white wool and the body size and structure they were after.

"We produce 18 micron, medium-wool, big framed sheep because we're in the high country in Tasmania and they've got to adapt to snow and high-rainfall conditions and withstand very low temperatures in the winter," Mr Hansch said.

The second-highest priced ram sold to R & J Livestock of Manildra for $7500.

The ram had 19.6 micron, a SD of 3.6, CV of 18.2, CF of 99 pc, GFW of 119 pc, fat of -1.1 and EMD of 3.7.

He was also sired by a One Oak Poll ram.

The volume buyer of the day was Sandy Tait of Gunnong Pastoral Company, Coolac, his classer Paul Kelly purchasing 18 rams on his behalf.

The Weston family of Cummnock purchased nine and DJ Lyons Partnership of Vasey, Victoria purchased five rams, including four of the first eight lots.

The sale was conducted by Schute Bell Badgery Lumby and Macdonald & Co Woolbrookers with Paul Dooley taking the bids.

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