Grogansworth Merinos average $2626

Victorian interest pushes up Grogansworth Merinos' average

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The top priced ram, purchased for $7500 by Ray and Sandra Neville, Cowra. Also pictured, Mark Taylor, Australian Wool Network, Kim Henderson, Groganswoth, auctioneer Paul Dooley and Bruce Bingley, Athlone, Berremangra.

The top priced ram, purchased for $7500 by Ray and Sandra Neville, Cowra. Also pictured, Mark Taylor, Australian Wool Network, Kim Henderson, Groganswoth, auctioneer Paul Dooley and Bruce Bingley, Athlone, Berremangra.

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Grogansworth's average up by $421.

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The Henderson family of Grogansworth Merinos, Bowning sold 86 of 89 rams offered at their 13th on property sale for an average of $2626 and top price of $7500.

Interest from the Southern Tablelands and South West Slopes was buoyed by Victorian buyers, with the average pushed up $421 from last year's sale.

The wool market was not able to dampen the sale and Grogansworth's Kim Henderson was positive about the industry's future.

"I've been on the land all my life and we're already into arguably one of the best and most sustained periods in agriculture that we've seen," Mr Henderson said.

The top priced ram was purchased for $7500 by commercial buyers Ray and Sandra Neville, Cowra.

The twin ram was by AI sire One Oak Poll 120014 and stood out for his wool with a micron of 17.8, a standard deviation of 3.3, coefficient of variation of 18.8 and comfort factor of 99.7 per cent.

He had a greasy fleece weight percentage of 98, yearling fleece diameter of -2.6 and Merino Production index of 166.

Groganworth's Kim Henderson said although the ram had a low micron, he had a medium wool and would cut a lot of wool.

"He'll be a great wool producer, with good barrel and good bone, all the traits you need for a good ram," Mr Henderson said.

His purchaser, Ray Neville said it was their second year buying from Grogansworth and the ram was one of two they came away with this year.

"I thought the ram we bought for $7500 was the best in the draft," Mr Neville said.

"He was upstanding with good wool and the right micron."

The second highest priced ram was purchased for $7000 by Western District Victorian buyers David and Olwyn Lyons, Melville Park, Vasey.

The ram, who had not yet cut his teeth, was one of the heaviest in the draft at 111 kilograms.

"He's a massive ram for his age, with medium wool, great length of body and a wide barrel," Mr Hendersen said.

The ram was also by One Oak 120014 and had a 20.2 micron, SD of 2.4, CV of 12 and CF of 99.7. His GFW percentage was 116 and he had a birth weight percentage of 111, yearling fleece weight of 24.9 and MP+ of 170.

The Lyons were the winning bidders on five rams in total, purchased for an average of $4900.

Mr Lyon, who runs Merinos and Hereford cattle, said they had been buying rams from Grogansworth for four years, first attracted to the stud for their One Oak genetics.

He said the ram they bought for $7000 was a big, free-growing sheep, with nice soft wool and good structure.

"He only had lamb's teeth which really surprised me given the size of him," Mr Lyons said.

The volume buyer of the day was Gunnong Pastoral, Coolac who bought 28 rams an auction for an average of $2036.

Another two rams were purchased by Gunnong after the sale.

Other purchasers of large lines included Woongara Pastoral Company of Skipton, Vic who bought eight rams for an average of $3187.

Weilora Pastoral, Binalong also came away with eight for an average of $1750.

Kingslea Partnership, Bookham and the Best family of Grenfell, purchased five rams each.

Stocklive offered bidders the opportunity to buy online and four lots were purchased via the site.

The sale was conducted by Australian Wool Network with Paul Dooley acting as auctioneer.

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