Poll Merino rams at Ballatherie sold to $5000

Poll Merino rams at Ballatherie sold to $5000

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Colin McCrabb, Charleton Glenn, Robert and Alison Glenn, Mark, Geoff and Andrew Peters with the top priced ram. Photo: Dianne Peters

Colin McCrabb, Charleton Glenn, Robert and Alison Glenn, Mark, Geoff and Andrew Peters with the top priced ram. Photo: Dianne Peters

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Terrific demand for Poll Merino rams saw the Peters' family achieve an average price of $2080 for 117 rams sold.

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Operating the Ballatherie Poll Merino stud at Hillston, the Peters' family held a very successful ram sale when there was a total clearance of the 60 single penned rams offered.

A top price of $5000 and average price of $2308 was achieved for those rams.

A further 60 rams were offered in pens of three and auctioned by Double Hammer.

Fifty seven of those rams sold to a top price of $3600 and an average price of $1838.60.

Overall sale results indicated 117 rams sold for $2079.50 average price.

The top priced ram at $5000 was bought by Robert, Alison and Charleton Glenn, Edward Park Pastoral, Moulamein.

The Glenn family have been buying Ballatherie-bred rams for the past ten years and are achieving great production results in their flock.

Robert Glenn said his family select rams from Ballatherie for their body conformation, wool growing ability and doability.

They are advised by their sheep breeding consultant Colin McCrabb, Wanganella and Mr Glenn said he appreciates the impartial advice from Mr McCrabb.

"We like the early maturity with the ability to cut wool bred from the Ballatherie rams," he said.

"The progeny are a great return on our investment."

Mr Glenn said their wether lambs are sold on a regular basis to a repeat buyer from Victoria, while the young sale ewes are also sold on a regular basis but to a repeat buyer from NSW.

"We also sell young ewes at the annual Hillston sale and appreciate Geoff and Dianne Peters suggesting that we bring our sheep to the sale which features a lot of Ballatherie-blood sheep," Mr Glenn said.

"Ballatherie-blood sheep have a very good reputation."

Mr Glenn empathised they do not compromise on quality when purchasing rams and when they see a ram they consider will add genetic depth to their flock they will buy him.

During the 2020 ram sale, the Glenn family bought six rams for an average price of $3,458.

Their selection included a ram at $2000, which proceeds were donated to Hillston CanAssist.

Charleton Glenn and Phoebe McCrabb with the ram sold for Hillston CanAssist. Photo: Dianne Peters

Charleton Glenn and Phoebe McCrabb with the ram sold for Hillston CanAssist. Photo: Dianne Peters

The volume buyer was the Thomas family from Ivanhoe who purchased 40 rams to a top price of $1500 and average price of $870: while new clients M.K Vagg, Hillston purchased 17 rams to a top of $2000 and average of $959 and the Anderson family, Junee purchased 15 rams to top of $1500 and average price $753.

A further 65 rams were sold post auction by private treaty.

Speaking after the sale, studmaster Geoff Peters said he and his family were very appreciative of the continued support from longterm clients and he welcomed the new clients.

"Unfortunately our stud classer Stephen Chalmers was unable to attend the final classing or the sale due to travel restrictions, but he was thrilled to hear the results," Mr Peters said.

"Our original mentor and classer Stu Hodgson attended and praised the development of the stud and the property since those early days."

The sale was settled by Nutrien studstock while Rick Power did the auctioneering.

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