There was very strong interest in the fine microned and heavy fleeced Merino and Poll Merino rams on offer when Peter and Gavin Lieschke, Bundaleer, Alma Park, held their 27th annual on-property sale.
The brothers sold 72 rams of the 90 rams penned for an average price of $1890 and top price of $4000 paid twice.
Chris Webb, representing his parents Max and Carol Webb, Walla Walla, paid $4000 for his choice of the draft, a May 2020 drop Poll Merino with the figures 19.1micron, 2.7 standard deviation, 99.6 clean fleece weight and 99.6pc comfort factor.
The other top priced ram was bought by brothers Joel and Darcy McCall, Daysdale.
Their new sire, a September 2020 drop Poll Merino had the measurements of 18micron, 2.9 SD, 118.1 CFW and 99.3pc CF.
Speaking after the sale, Gavan Lieschke was circumspect when he said the social restrictions meant some buyers were not able to attend.
"Ram buyers like to be able to look at the sheep and feel the wool before they will commit to buying," he said.
"Rarely do they rely simply on figures - we did have a good sale in the circumstances."
The auction was settled by Elders, Albury, with Oliver Mason and Brett Shea sharing the rostrum.
- Full report next week
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