Carrabungla sells rams to top of $5000

Hazeldean genetics draws buyers to Carrabungla Merinos

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The top-priced rams with Mark Hedley, Australian Wool Network, purchaser, Brian Corby, Neville McIntosh, Ben McIntosh and purchasers, Graeme and Dianne Hewitt. Photo supplied.

The top-priced rams with Mark Hedley, Australian Wool Network, purchaser, Brian Corby, Neville McIntosh, Ben McIntosh and purchasers, Graeme and Dianne Hewitt. Photo supplied.

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Long-time clients continue to support Carrabungla.

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Carrabungla Merino stud sold 60 sold 64 rams offered for a top price of $5000 and average of $1730, at their 19th annual on-property sale on Saturday.

The Laggan stud's top-priced ram was bought by locals and long-time supporters of the stud, Graeme and Dianne Hewitt, Wongalea, Binda.

Carrabungla principal, Dean McIntosh said the ram was by a Hazeldean sire they purchased a few years ago.

"He's bred very well for us and we had 20 of his sons in this year's sale, they all sold well," Mr McIntosh said.

The ram was 18.9 micron, had a greasy fleece weight percentage of 133 and a body weight of 90 kilograms.

His purchaser, Mr Hewitt said it was the fourth Hazeldean-sired ram they had bought from Carrabungla.

"I liked the style of his wool, his body length and frame, he had good conformation and length of wool, it was nice and bright," Mr Hewitt said.

"He was 30 per cent above the average in his GFW, which I was pretty impressed with."

The Hewitt's purchased another three rams during the auction for their Merino enterprise.

Mr Hewitt said their one-year-old ewes, sired by Carrabungla rams, had qualified for the Crookwell flock competition this year and came third in 2018.

The second highest-priced ram was purchased for $4750 by another repeat client, Brian Corby, Bunjie, Taralga.

The ram was 17.9 micron, GFW per cent of 135 and body weight of 103kg.

The volume buyer of the day was Tim and Libby Hobbs, Gunning, who took home nine rams for an average of $2130.

Mr Hobbs said they had been buying rams from Carrabungla for around seven years.

"We run all Merinos but join the oldest three mobs of ewes of Poll Dorsets to get a first-cross," Mr Hobbs.

He said they recently sold the first of their Carrabungla ewes, six-year-olds, at Yass and they topped at $160.

The sale was conducted by Australian Wool Network with Mick Laing taking the bids as guest auctioneer.

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