Offering 120 Poll Merino rams at their annual on-property sale, Geoff and Dianne along with Mark and Andrew Peters of Ballatherie Poll Merinos, Hillston, saw their sale average increase by $897 on last year.
Overall the 100 per cent clearance of 120 rams averaged $3205 and peak at a $5000 high on three occasions.
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In the breakdown 60 rams were sold under single hammer to top $4600 and average $3367, and a further 60 rams sold in pens of three and were auctioned off by double hammer system selling to a top of $5000 to average $3043.
Ballatheria stud principal, Geoff Peters, said the stud achieved new highs during the 2021 sale.
"We are ecstatic with the strong line of prices from start to finish, and the quality of our stock reflected the highest price and sale average we have seen," he said.
"It is gratifying to see such confidence in the Merino industry."
The three equal top-priced rams were sold as a pen of three and were purchased at $5000 each by local buyer Bill Sheridan, Rolling Stone, Hillston.
The Sheriden family are repeat clients that have been buying Ballatherie-bred rams for the past 15 years and are achieving great production results in their flock.
Bill Sheridan said his family select rams from Ballatherie for their productive skin, large frame, body conformation, wool growing ability and do-ability.
The second top-priced ram was purchased by return buyers Robert and Alison Glenn from Edward Park Pastoral, Moulamein for $4600, who secured a further six rams for an overall average of $4000 across the draft.
Other significant drafts of replacement rams were purchased by Thomas Unit Trust, Ivanhoe, which purchased 26 rams to average $2677, and return clients Merrowie Property trust, Hillston which purchased 14 rams to average $3600.
Each year the Peters family donate the proceeds of one ram to Hillston Can Assist. This year the ram was bought by JH and SE McKeon, Hillston, for $3400.
The sale was settled by Nutrien studstock while Rick Power as auctioneer.
- Full report in next week's The Landnewspaper.
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