Merinos sell up to $31,000 at Dubbo National

Merinos sell up to $31,000 at Dubbo National

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A syndicate of five Merino studs in New Zealand, Victoria and NSW combined to pay the $31,000 top price for this Roseville Park Poll Merino ram of the 2020 Dubbo National Merino Sheep Exhibition and sale. Pictured is NSW buyer, Jim Darmody, Wantana Hills stud, Boorowa, with consultant, Chris Bowman, Hay, who purchased the ram; Roseville Park co-principal Matthew Coddington and Grant Judd holds the ram.

A syndicate of five Merino studs in New Zealand, Victoria and NSW combined to pay the $31,000 top price for this Roseville Park Poll Merino ram of the 2020 Dubbo National Merino Sheep Exhibition and sale. Pictured is NSW buyer, Jim Darmody, Wantana Hills stud, Boorowa, with consultant, Chris Bowman, Hay, who purchased the ram; Roseville Park co-principal Matthew Coddington and Grant Judd holds the ram.

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Average is up, auction clearance is up, and Merino industry is looking most positive if Dubbo National sale result is a barometer.

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THIRTY-FOUR rams sold to a top of $31,000 and averaged $6110 at the 2020 Dubbo National Merino Sheep Exhibition and Sale on Wednesday.

Heralded as a massive success for the Dubbo fixture and Merino breed, this year's average is $347 above last year when only 19 rams sold at auction.

This year's sale conducted by Nutrien and Elders in conjunction effected a 72 per cent auction clearance from 47 rams offered by 18 studs from within NSW, one from Queensland and one from South Australia.

Langdene stud principal Garry Cox, Dunedoo, holds his stud's $10,000 top-priced ram with Mark Taylor, Australian Wool Network, Goulburn, who purchased the ram for the Privett family, Glenleigh stud, Yass.

Langdene stud principal Garry Cox, Dunedoo, holds his stud's $10,000 top-priced ram with Mark Taylor, Australian Wool Network, Goulburn, who purchased the ram for the Privett family, Glenleigh stud, Yass.

The sale-topper at $31,000 a poll ram from the Coddington family's Roseville Park stud, Dubbo, was bought by Hay-based stud consultant Chris Bowman for a syndicate of five studs - Blairich conducted by the Small family, Blenheim, New Zealand, who takes full possession; Jim Darmody, Wantana Hills stud, Boorowa, and three Victorian studs including Wurrook at Rokewood, Melrose, Horsham and Salt Creek, Woorndoo.

Darriwell stud principals Russell and Jennifer Jones, Trundle, hold their $10,000 ram purchased through AuctionsPlus.

Darriwell stud principals Russell and Jennifer Jones, Trundle, hold their $10,000 ram purchased through AuctionsPlus.

Eight Roseville Park rams topped the sale average at $9188. The stud's second top price at $10,000 was bought by John Lawrence, Parrawurlie, Barmedman.

Another four rams sold at $10,000 each for Langdene stud, Dunedoo, West Plains Poll stud, Delegate, Darriwell stud, Trundle, and Orrie Cowrie stud, Woorooka, South Australia.

Sale committee chairman, Angus Beveridge, Armatree, said the result was a tremendous success for all involved.

"We decided to conduct a physical sale even against the trend because of COVID, but it was an extraordinary result with near twice as many rams sold than last year and at a much better average," Mr Beveridge said.

  • Full results will appear in The Land September 3 edition.
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