*39 of 40 Merino and Poll Merino rams sold to $5000 (three times), av $2210
GLENARA Merino stud offered one of its best ever lineups, and was rewarded with a record average price, at its 30th annual on-property ram sale on Monday.
The Dunkeld stud offered 40 Merino and Poll Merino rams, and sold all but one, to a top price of $5000 (three times), and an average price of $2210.
This average is up almost $800 on last year’s price, and is the highest average ever achieved by the stud, according to co-principal Trevor Mibus.
Mr Mibus also said they don’t normally reach a top price of $5000, “let alone three times”.
Lot 1 was the first ram of the sale to reach that top price, and was purchased by Duncan and Jess Barber, ‘Coliban Park’, Elphinstone.
The ram recorded fleece measurements of 14.9 micron, 16.8 per cent co-efficient of variation (CV), and a standard deviation (SD) of 2.5.
The other two top-priced rams, Lots 4 and 16, were purchased by David Padgett, Ararat.
Lot 4’s fleece measured 16.1 micron, 13.7pc CV, and 2.2 SD, and Lot 16’s 17 micron, 14.1pc CV, and 2.4 SD.
Mr Padgett was presented an award at the start of the sale for buying a ram at every one of the stud’s 30 ram sales, a total of 126 rams.
Volume buyers included Cameron England, ‘Lyndall Park Trading Trust’, Kingston, who bought seven to a top of $3000, Roger and Jim Napier, Hamilton, who bought five to a top of $2250 (twice), and Rob Freeman, Tasmania, who bought four to a top of $2750.
Mr Mibus credits the success of the sale to recent seasonal and market conditions.
“Wool prices are good, mutton prices are good, and there are a lot of people out there trying to build up their Merino numbers,” he said.
“There were quite a few people who would normally buy two or three, who bought four or five instead.”
He said clients came from all throughout the state, as well as Tasmania and SA.