East Loddon sale reaches top of $4200

East Loddon Merino sale topped at $4200

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East Loddon Merino sale topped at $4200 to average $1804.

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Stephen Chalmers, Marcus and Tom Hooke and Clyde McKenzie,with top priced ram East Loddon 190236.

Stephen Chalmers, Marcus and Tom Hooke and Clyde McKenzie,with top priced ram East Loddon 190236.

Mother nature provided a beautiful day for East Loddon Merino ram sale held at Wanganella on Monday.

The Hooke family penned 60 June 2019 drop rams that were April 2020 shorn.

Of the 60 rams offered 50 sold to a top of $4200 and averaged $1804.

The top price ram, East Loddon 190236 was bought by new buyer Mundadoo Pastoral Company, Girilambone.

The ram had the figures of 8.7 yearling weight, 1.3 yearling fat, 1.9 yearling eye muscle depth and 18.5 yearling staple length.

His fleece had the measurement of 19.9 micron, 16 coefficient of variation and 98.9 per cent comfort factor.

Second top price ram reached $4000 on two occasions and was purchased by return buyer Stewart Warner, Beechworth, VIC.

East Loddon 190188 sold for $2400 and was for a special cause with all proceeds being donated to The Royal Children Hospital, Beyond Sight, auxiliary after Marcus and Cass son Jack was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer.

Fortunately, Jack is now free of the disease, proceeds from this ram will go towards medical diagnostic equipment and educational tools to assist families.

Volume buyers, Lugsdin Family, Hay, put together six rams to average $1967.

Over the last couple of years Stacey Lugsdin and her family have been chasing clean fleece weight, eye muscle and fat and she said they are currently sitting in the top 20% for clean fleece weight.

"When purchasing rams this year we did not come under our CFW score however we were focusing on carcase traits".

Dahwilly Pastoral Company, Deniliquin purchased nine rams to average $1025.

Volume buying continued with T & L Fernandes, Winjallok, Victoria, purchasing six rams to average $1967, while purchasing five Adam Twyford, Cootamundra and Fosters Farming, Narrandera averaged $1520 and $1320 respectively.

ActionsPlus was a popular biding forum throughout the sale with nine rams sold and over 80 online and six active bidders.

The sale was settled by Elders with auctioneer Nick Grey, Elders Studstock and Peter Godbolt, Nutrien Ag Solutions tallying the bids and taking buyers through the catalogue.

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