Strong local support at Mark and Jodie Pendergast's 26th annual on-property Cottage Park ram sale at Cooma was underpinned when the top priced ram was bought by P.R and D.M Gooding, East Mundulla Merino stud, Lake Grace, Western Australia.
On the advice of stud consultant Rick Power, the partnership paid $11,250 for the son of Yarrawonga 193.
Mr Power said the Gooding's had visited Cottage Park and looked at what Mark Pendergast is achieving through his determination to breed big, strong boned rams with constitution and bulky fleeces.
"They were the losing bidders on the top priced ram last year," he said.
"I advised the Gooding's I thought this was a perfect ram in the catalogue for their program."
Other good sales included one at $8000 purchased by Lawrence Clifford, Bindaree Merino stud, Berridale who was advised by Brett Povey, SBBL, Cooma and one at $6000 bought by Simon and Kristina King, Avonside Merino stud, Cooma.
The auction recorded 83 rams sold from 90 offered for average price of $3265.66.
The auction was settled by Elders and Nutrien Ag Solutions, Cooma with Nutrien auctioneer Rick Power taking the bids.
- Full report next week
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