CONFIDENCE in the Merino industry was evident at the F.S. Falkiner and Sons Wanganella and Poll Boonoke Merino studs auction at Conargo today where bidding rocketed to $16,000.
Impressively all 160 stud rams offered were sold under the hammer, the consistent sales led to an overall sale average of $1915.
In the breakdown, all 60 Wanganella stud rams were sold for the sale top price of $16,000 for an average of $2085.
The draft of 60 Poll Boonoke rams sold to $7200 to average $1803, while the 60 Sims Uardry rams peaked at $7400 to average $1830.
It was interstate buyers that secured all the top priced rams, with Queensland Merino stud principals Max and Heather Wilson, Wilgunya stud, Dirranbandi, in partnership with Will and Narda Roberts, Victoria Downs stud, Morven, paying $16,000 for Wanganella W2.0134.
The ram weighed 116.5kg, had a fibre diametre of 20.5-micron, standard-deviation of 2.8, co-efficient if variation of 13.7, and comfort factor of 99.8.
The Wilson’s operating on behalf of fellow Queenslanders, the Brumpton family, Jolly Jumbuck Poll Merino stud, Mount Ascot, paid $7200 for Poll Boonoke ram PB2.011.
The Brumpton’s purchased the ram in partnership with the Roberts family, Victoria Downs stud.
The poll ram tipped the scales at a hefty 133.5kg, had a fibre diametre of 19.2-micron, SD of 2.9, CV of 15.1 and CF of 99.4.
South Australian commercial producer Gerald Mulligan, “Wyara”, Hilltown near Clare, paid $7400 for Sims Uardry ram 2.0004.
The ram weighed 113kg, had a fibre diametre of 20.3-micron, SD of 3.7, CV of 18.2, CF of 99.4.
For full sale coverage see The Land, September 26, 2013.