Weealla tackles beats 2019 average by $259

Weealla Merinos get solid average on Poll Merino rams

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Stuart McBernie, Scott Thrift, Garry Glencross and Brad Wilson. (Inset) Stuart McBernie, Scott Thrift, Brendan O'Connor, Brad Wilson with the $2600 horned ram.

Stuart McBernie, Scott Thrift, Garry Glencross and Brad Wilson. (Inset) Stuart McBernie, Scott Thrift, Brendan O'Connor, Brad Wilson with the $2600 horned ram.

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Weealla Merinos strong average on Polls grew by $343 on last years.

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SUPPORTERS came from all corners of the state to vie for the 92 rams offered by the McBernie family of Weealla Merino stud, Balladooran.

Overall, 97 per cent of the rams were sold to an average of $1658, which is a growth of $259 on last year's result.

In the breakdown, all 60 Poll Merino rams sold to a top of $4000 and average of $1843, up $343 on last year, and 29 of 32 Merino rams sold to a top of $2600 and average of $1276, up $309 on last year.

The $4000 top-priced poll ram was a son of Weealla's Orrie Cowie sire. Growing a 19.3-micron fleece with a 3.1-micron standard deviation (SD), a 16.1 per cent co-efficient of variation (CV), 99.7pc comfort factor (CF), 39 millimetres eye muscle depth (EMD) and a fat depth of 6mm, he was purchased by Garry and Penny Glencross, Gollan.

"He has a nice feel, and great softness, it is our type of wool," Mr Glencross said.

"We have been buying from Weealla for years."

The $2600 high-selling Merino ram was a son of Glendonald 3.43, measuring 20.3 micron, 2.9 micron SD, 14.3pc CV, 99.6pc CF, 38mm EMD and 5mm fat depth.

Purchased by Brendan O'Connor, Coonamble, he was selected for his overall size.

"He has great carcase attributes and he has the longest staple and really white wool." Mr O'Connor said.

"I saw this ram on display at the Dubbo National Ram sales and liked him from there. These rams do a really good job, and they are realistically priced."

Auctioneer Brad Wilson, Nutrien Dubbo, said the sale was "very solid". "There was interest from interstate and a lot of new local buyers keen on the Weealla program." Mr Wilson said.

Weealla co-principal Stuart McBernie was very pleased with the way the sale was solid throughout.

"Our averages are way up on last year with the confidence in the season," Mr McBernie said.

"Stock prices are up there, people who have been feeding sheep have now been rewarded,

"We have a few new buyers who purchased a number of rams along with the long term buyers,

The sale was conducted by Elders and Nutrien.

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