95/100, to $3200, av $1642.
CONFIDENCE in the wool market has continued to drive sales, with another near total auction clearance of stud rams at the Toland’s Feltrim stud, at Violet Town.
Auctioneers sold 95 of the 100 Polled and Horned Merinos under the hammer, but private treaties accounted for the rest of the rams on offer.
Landmark Melbourne stud stock auctioneer Andrew Sloane said it was a very solid sale, with a lot of volume buyers snapping up rams.
“It’s a bit dry around here and it was probably a better sale than perhaps the season looks,” Mr Sloane said.
“Buyers are pretty confident, the confidence is there, the livestock prices are up – they have to buy their seedstock and are putting their hands up, and buying them.”
Yeumburra, Yass, NSW property manager Sean Young, bought the sale-topper for $3200.
“I bought it mainly for its bright wool, long stapling and dual purpose figures, it will suit our country, pretty well,” Mr Young said.
The ram had figures of a fibre diameter (FD) of 16.5, standard deviation (SD) of 3.4, co-efficient of variation (CV) of 20.8, comfort factor (CF) of 99.8 and was rated an Elite score of 43,
Mr Young said Violet Town had a similar climate and rainfall to Yass, so the rams suited the property there.
He said he had been coming to the Feltrim sale for about a decade.
Feltrim stud principal Phil Toland said he was pleased with the sale, which reflected last year’s result.
“We concentrate on polls, that’s where the demand is,” Mr Toland said.
“Fleece weight, growth rate and reproduction, are the key drivers for profitability that’s what we concentrate on.”