Bogo Merinos sell for $2804 average

Photos: Bogo Merinos top at $5000

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The top-priced ram pictured with Scott Thrift, Elders, Bogo Merinos' Matt Crozier and Will Wragge, Phill Butt, Butt Property and Livestock, auctioneer Paul Dooley and Bogo Merinos' Mal Peake. The ram was purchased by Garabray Pty Ltd, Greenthorpe.

The top-priced ram pictured with Scott Thrift, Elders, Bogo Merinos' Matt Crozier and Will Wragge, Phill Butt, Butt Property and Livestock, auctioneer Paul Dooley and Bogo Merinos' Mal Peake. The ram was purchased by Garabray Pty Ltd, Greenthorpe.

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Yass stud sells all 169 rams offered.

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Bogo Merinos, Cavan Station sold all 169 rams offered for an average of $2804, the best result ever recorded for the Yass stud.

The day was as stunning as the result and a mixture of repeat and new clients travelled to attend from across the Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Central West and ACT.

Cavan Station manager Matt Crozier said it was tremendous sale.

"We were quite surprised to have a hundred per cent clearance, but I could tell in the couple of weeks leading up to the sale that there was a fair bit of interest," Mr Crozier.

The top ram was bought for $5000 by Garabray Pty Ltd, Fairview, Greenethorpe and was one of four rams they purchased on the day for an average of $3875.

The horned ram was by a home bred sire, Bogo 500433, and had a 3.8 standard deviation (SD), 19.1 coefficient of variation (CV), a comfort factor of 99.1 and a body weight of 100 kilograms.

Mr Crozier said as they now only retain their polls, their horned rams offered great quality.

"There are horn rams in the sale which are good enough to be stud rams, but we just don't hold on to them," Mr Crozier said.

Stud master, Mal Peake said the sale topper's sire was a wool type sheep.

"He's a bulk wool cutter and his wool is finer than average," Mr Peake said.

The price of $4500 was reached a total of 13 times, for 12 polls and one horned ram.

Volume buyers included Connen Hill, Braidwood, who took home 15 rams in total.

Allan Crain, Markdale Station Pastoral Company, Binda managed to secure 12 on the day for an average of $3125.

Mr Crain said it was their third year selling from Bogo and they were looking for genetics conducive with non mulesing, which they transitioned to six years ago.

"We're looking for good length, bright wool and good, round, solid sheep all round," Mr Crain said.

Mr Cozier said they had been collecting breech wrinkle data for the last six years.

"We've just recently built a custom index which has reducing breech wrinkle as part of it," Mr Crain said.

"It's about increasing yearling weight, maintaining adult weight, increasing wool production, maintaining micron and driving down breech wrinkle.

"We've had an enormous amount of clients asking 'where we are going with mulesing?', so to be able to say we're plaining up the sheep but we're doing that without losing production, is great, it's the message they want to hear."

Another volume buyer was Maurice Webb of Merryvale Pastoral Company, Young who purchased nine rams in total for an average of $3056.

While, The Riverview Trust, Orange, the Elsegood family, Yass and R and L Julian, Bogolong, Bookham each took home eight.

The sale was interfaced by AuctionsPlus for the first time and Victorian clients purchased their rams through the online site.

The sale was conducted by Butt Livestock and Property and Elders with Paul Dooley as auctioneer.

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