Floods no barrier for committed Westvale ram buyers

Westvale Merino sells 17 rams

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The top and second top price Merino rams at the Westvale sale, with purchaser Linda Waters, The Range, Enmore, vendor Leo Blanch, Westvale, Scott Matthews, Westvale, holding the top price ram, purchaser Chris Dunne, The Range, Enmore, Agent Angus Carter, Nutrien Ag solutions, holding the second top price ram, Schute Bell Badgery Lumby Guyra branch manager Todd Clark and purchasers Robin and Don Edmonds, Muswell Hill, Kentucky.

The top and second top price Merino rams at the Westvale sale, with purchaser Linda Waters, The Range, Enmore, vendor Leo Blanch, Westvale, Scott Matthews, Westvale, holding the top price ram, purchaser Chris Dunne, The Range, Enmore, Agent Angus Carter, Nutrien Ag solutions, holding the second top price ram, Schute Bell Badgery Lumby Guyra branch manager Todd Clark and purchasers Robin and Don Edmonds, Muswell Hill, Kentucky.

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Repeat buyers return to secure Westvale genetics

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A washed out road couldn't stop Leo and Judy Blanch, Westvale Merino 36th annual ram sale near Wollun on Wednesday.

A drastic phonecall and some very quick work by council repaired the flood damaged entrance road just in the nick of time for the ram sale.

Ram numbers on offer were down from 56 in 2019, the fifth ram of the day reached the top price of $1800.

A decline in ewe numbers in the region saw 15 of the 33 rams offered 15 sold at auction with a further two selling after the hammer for an average of $876.

Repeat buyers were out in force to scoop the Westvale genetics cream at bargain prices.

Two generation buyers, Linda Waters and Chris Dunne, The Range, Enmore, once again secured the top price ram sired by H42 for $1800.

The September 2017-drop ram measured a fiber diameter of 17.7 micron with 2.5 per cent standard deviation, 14.3 pc coefficient of variance and a comfort factor or 99.95.

Mr Dunne along with Ms Waters flock is based on Westvale genetics, the harsh season didn't alter their plans and they have continued to hold and maintain their 17.5 micron average flock throughout the drought.

Volume buyer Charlie Webber, Woodville, Bendemeer, returned after a short absence to buy seven rams for a top of $1200 and an average of $772.

Mr Webber loves the consistency of the Westvale rams.

"They have so much wool, if they stuck their tounge out it would have wool on it," he said.

The sale was conducted by Schute Bell and Landmark with John Settree as auctioneer.

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