Merrignee Merinos to $6000 top, $3029 average

Merrignee Merinos to $6000 top, $3029 average during 31st sale

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Buyer Toby McGrath of JP McGrath and Son, Boorowa, with Merrignee Merino stud principal Jono Merriman, Boorowa and the the 12-month-old paddock raised $6000 top-priced ram.

Buyer Toby McGrath of JP McGrath and Son, Boorowa, with Merrignee Merino stud principal Jono Merriman, Boorowa and the the 12-month-old paddock raised $6000 top-priced ram.

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The average was up by $770 this year at the 31st annual Merrignee unhoused Merino ram sale held at Little Range, Boorowa.

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The Merriman family of the Boorowa-based Merrignee Merino stud welcomed new and repeat buyers to their 31st annual unhoused ram sale held on-property at Little Range on Friday.

In all 86 rams sold of the 90 catalogued resulting in a 96 per cent clearance, $6000 top price and $3029 average.

Merrignee stud principal Jono Merriman said they were very happy with the results which surpassed last year's $4500 sale top and $2259 average.

"A lot of good rams sold between $4000 and $6000 to our long-term clients which have a type and stick to them, and they are reaping the rewards from their investment in correct body type, wool cut and frame," he said.

"It is good to have a few new clients... people that came to have a look, liked what they saw and ended up buying."

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The $6000 sale-topper was Merrignee 20131, a horned April-shorn ram purchased by repeat buyers Tim and Toby McGrath of JP McGrath and Son, Boorowa.

Weighing 87.2 kilograms and measuring a 17-micron fleece with a standard deviation (SD) of 2.4, coefficient of variation (CV) of 14.1pc, a spinning fineness (SF) of 15.7, comfort factor (CF) of 99.8pc and greasy fleece weight percentage (GFW) of 114.9pc, he was sired by the Merrignee 'Magic' 030 family.

Tim McGrath said he was a big upstanding ram with good wool which will suit their mixed farming operation consisting of 3500 Merino ewes.

"The right micron, the right tip and can handle a bit of water - he definitely ticked all the boxes for us," he said.

Buying from Merrignee for over 30 years and targeting an 18-micron fleece, the McGrath family purchased six rams in total for a $3792 average for their flock in which adult sheep cut between six and seven kilograms of fleece wool.

Three rams sold for the second top price of $5000 including Merrignee 20048 also purchased by the McGraths.

Merrignee 20125, a 17.5-micron ram, sold for $5000 to return clients Tony and Jenny Magee of Gunyah, Rye Park as part of their draft of four rams averaging $4313.

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The Magee's said the ram was a standout and will be used within their flock which consists of around 1800 ewes, mainly Merinos, and targets a 17.2 average fleece micron.

Also selling for $5000 was Merrignee 20115, a 86.4kg ram which measured 17.9 in the micron purchased by EJ Merriman and Son, Yass. In total they purchased 16 rams at a $3578 average.

Six specially selected two-year-old March-shorn Merino rams that were originally destined for Victorian sales at Bendigo and Hamilton sold to a top of $4750 and average of $3625.

The largest volume buyer was Gunnong Pastoral Co, Coolac, which took home 22 rams for an average of $2852.

The sale was conducted by Elders with auctioneer Aaron Seaman, Young.

Mr Seaman commended the Merriman family for the presentation of the rams saying they had exceptional wools the whole way through the catalogue.

"That is a hell of an average... the results reflected the rams," he said.

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