Woolgrowers seeking bulky wool production on Merino rams with solid constitutions returned to the 41st annual Monaro White Wool ram sale held at the Cooma Showground and featuring the Boudjah stud, Cooma bred by Michael Green and the Main Range stud, Cooma bred by Steve Tozer.
Main Range results -
Studmaster Steve Tozer penned 20 rams and sold 18 for average price $2972 and a top of $5200.
Top price was paid by neighbour and return client Neil Lynch, White Rock, Cooma who has great success in winning recent Berridale Merino ewe competitions against strong entries across the Monaro.
Mr Lynch said he is continually striving to lift the wool cut on his ewes while maintaining the stylish wool for which the Main Range sheep are renowned and his latest purchase will take his flock to another level of production.
"I have just marked 120pc lambs including maidens so their fertility is excellent," he said.
"And with my ewes cutting six to seven kgs I want to lift the quality so I can reduce the number of fleece lines at shearing.
"This ram has a nice, sweet and stylish wool on an uncomplicated frame.
"His fleece is long-stapled and freegrowing on a supple skin."
His ram's fleece measured 18.7m, 3.6 SD and 99.3pc CF.
Mr Lynch further commented he sells his August/September drop wether weaners in December when weaned and last year they returned $130 when bought in a private sale to a client for the past seven years.
Other good sales included one at $4200 by Raymond Crowe, Cooma: one at $5000 and one at $4000 by Grant Nuttall, Bigga and one at $3200 by Est F.J Whitby, Bombala.
Robert Hain, Cooma bought three for $3400 average: Wandella Pastoral Co, Cullerin paid $2050 average for two and Glenriver Pastoral Co, Delegate bought one at $3000.
Studmaster Steve Tozer was ecstatic with his sale which he thought one of his best ever.
"It shows buyers are still looking for productive and bright soft handling wool on sound rams," he said.
The auction was conducted by Monaro Livestock and Property, Cooma with Will Dixon taking the bids.
Boudjah results -
Michael Green, studmaster Boudjah Merino stud, Cooma offered 66 rams and saw 64 sold for $2708 average price and top of $7250.
The top priced ram was bought by Stephen and Wayne Mackay, Frying Pan, Cooma.
Stephen Mackay said he liked the style of the wool and the constitution of his new sire.
"We have using Boudjah rams for the past five years and have seen a lift in our production," he said.
"When I look at rams I consider their size and wool but I also take in their micron and comfort factor and we get great advice from Michael."
The fleece of their ram measured 17.9m, 3.2 SD. and 99.6pc CF.
Excellent sales were made by Lindsay Picker, Binda who paid $5500 and $5250 for his choice: Peter Kennedy, Crookwell who bought one at $4750 and Noel Watson, Bega who bought one at $4250.
Volume buyers included Franita Pastoral Co, Crookwell who bought six rams to top $4500 and average $2958: Coonerang Estate, Cooma who purchased six rams to $4500 and average $3958 and Bill Shanley, Cooma who bought three for $3417 average price.
Wandella Pastoral Co, Cullerin paid to $4750 in their draft of three which averaged $3750.
Studmaster Michael Green was pleased buyers were continuing to purchase heavy cutting rams with long-stapled soft handling wool.
"It was an excellent sale, through the tough years Merino's just keep on delivering," he said.
The sale was settled by Nutrien Ag Solutions, Cooma with Rick Power taking the bids.
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