CORRIEDALE rams sold to a top of $1500 a head three times during the Glen Esk Corriedales on-property sale near Rydal on Saturday.
The sale was conducted using the Helmsman selling system and was also the first year the stud had conducted an on-property sale.
All up 29 rams were offered and two pens of five stud ewes.
Seven rams were sold during the sale and although stud principal Rick Hoolihan was disappointed not all rams were sold, he was pleased with the top price of $1500.
"It's our first year holding a sale like this and we are a bit on the edge of the sheep country, but we wanted to give it a go," he said.
- Weaners hit $2450 at Carcoar
- Take a long view on NSW lamb prices | Markets Murmurs
- Buying cattle with a big budget
He said the two pens of ewes were sold
after the sale for $300 a head.
The top priced rams were all in a bunch near the front of the offering and bought by the Toohey family of Golong Partnership near Cowra.
Mr Hoolihan said the family were repeat buyers of Glen Esk Corriedales.
"They are using the Corriedales over a Dohne based flock," he said.
"By doing this the family are aiming to produce second and third generation crosses."
Mr Hoolihan singled out one of the $1500 rams, 200117, as being by the 2018 Sydney Royal Corriedale champion ram.
"That ram's sire, Glen Esk 152038, has great structure and white crimpy wool," he said.
The figures for 200117 were impressive with wool that measured 26.2 micron, a coefficient of variation of 21, standard deviation of 5.5 and comfort factor of 77.7.
Another ram bought by the Toohey family was 200026, which was a son of Glen Esk 140003 and goes back to the New Zealand ram Wattlebank 371/12 (NZ).
For the books, 200026 recorded 24.6-micron wool, a CV of 20.6, SD of 5.1 and CF of 84.7.
"It's exciting that we are now to the point where we are offering the grandsons of the New Zealand bloodlines in this sale," Mr Hoolihan said.
The third ram to make $1500 was 200067 which boasted a 25.5-micron fleece, 17.8 for CV, SD of 4.6 and CF of 84.2.
Four rams were also sold to the Squires family at Peak Hill for $900 each.
Mr Hoolihan said the Squires family were also repeat buyers who run a commercial Corriedale flock.
Two of the rams bought by the Squires family stood out among the draft as sons of Glen Esk 152038.
One ram's fleece measured 28.7 micron with a CV of 20.4 and SD of 5.9, while the other ram had a 25.7 micron fleece a CV of 20.6 and a SD of 5.3.
"We've really been paying attention to the SD and CV and I think that hard work is reflected in the rams we've offered this year which are the best so far," Mr Hoolihan said.
The Helmsman sale was conducted by Schute Bell Badgery Lumby.
Love agricultural news? Sign up for The Land's free daily newsletter.