LIKE most sales this season the average price of Merino rams rose at the 20th Winyar stud sale at Canowindra on Wednesday.
The result was a tribute to the breeding policies and dedication of Allan (Smoke) Dawson when 83 of 90 rams sold at auction to a top price of $7500 and a $3060 average, nearly $300 more than last year.
For three years Chris and Trish Arrow, The Cottage, Wiagdon, near Bathurst, have bought Winyar rams, but this year they returned home with the dearest ram in the catalogue, a 19.2 micron poll son of Charinga 4, purchased at $7500.
The Arrows have a small flock of 19.5 micron Merinos cutting slightly under four kilograms of wool each six months.
Mr Arrow said he was producing solid prime lamb wethers and Winyar sires were doing the job for him.
Regular buyer for many years Bill and Michelle Lenehan, Aroujal Station, Galore, paid second top money of $7250 for a poll ram sired by Winyar Gem growing 20.1 micron wool.
Another son of Charinga 4 sold at $7000 to Terry and Kath Dolbel, Milton Vale, Rockley, who also paid $5000 for another Charinga poll ram.
George Gregory of Gregory Pastoral, Mount View, Boorowa, returned to purchase five poll rams while paying up to $4500 twice and a $3950 average.
The McKenzie family, Avalon, Coreen, bought three poll sons of the Charinga sire for an average of $3583 with the top at $4000.
Jason and Diana Tremain, Galenza Pty Ltd, Stonehenge, Baldry, were again the buyers of most rams, taking home 11 (nine polls and two horned) for a $1909 average with two topping at $3250.
The sale was conducted by Nutrien Livestock, Bathurst, with Rick Power, Grenfell, the auctioneer.
- Full report in The Land September 17.
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